Just noticed that Fort are now making steel 'track' frames again.
They have a new model for this year, the Ro Uno which they say they've designed for winter training. Has anyone seen these? Anyone riding them? Are they any good? Seems like they put some thought into it at least.
" Frame Information:
Material:Sanko (Japan) double-butted CrMo
Fork: CrMo 1" threadless
Weight: aprx. 4.1lbs frame
Sizes: 54cm, 57cm, 60cm
* Two bottle mounts
* English 68mm BB
* Brake holes front and rear
* Clearance for larger tires or fenders
* Rear hub spacing 126mm
* Track dropouts for horz. chain tensioning
* Standard road geometry
* Seat post size 26.8 mm
* 1" standard headtube & fork
* No derailleur guides or cable stops
1. The Ro.Uno is a single-speed road frame developed at the request of some of our team riders for fixed-gear training. Hand-made frame and fork of double-butted CrMo tubing. Rather than using a track frame with unusual or awkward geometry, the Uno is designed in our standard road geometry with road fork, and includes brake mount holes both front and rear. Fort crown and chainstays have extra clearance for using larger tires and/or fenders.
2. The 126mm rear triangle fits a track hub with the addition of a couple axle spacers, or is a drop-in fit for an older spin-on 6 or 7-speed hub. A 130mm road hub can also be used with a little bit of frame stretching. Double bottle bosses are included for mounting bottles, battery packs, pumps or other attachments.
3. Compared to other frames in this category, the Uno's careful welds, responsive ride and invulnerable powdercoat make it the best single-speed buy on the market. Very limited production--not all colors may be available in a particular size."