so i'm finally looking to step out of the conversion arena and get into a real "track" frame. i don't mean necissarily track geometry, i have no intent on hitting the velodrome (nor is there one within 6+ hours of me) just track ends, 120mm spacing, etc. please don't tell me to use the search function because i've been digging through it for the past hour, with a good amount of success but i still have a few extra questions.
as a college student, i do have a limited budget. the two frames i am considering are the Mark V or the Pake... first question is that from what i read, they are basically the same level frame, as far as tubing, build, etc. why is the pake (from where i've found) at least $50 more than the Mark V... and it doesn't even come with a fork. is it a nicer frame or is it just production numbers that keep the Mark V price down?
i have looked at the steamroller... but it's kinda ugly... i mean great for it's intent, but i want something a little sleeker. i also saw Spicer frames... but it's in that awful school bus color. and NYC bikes... well i've never heard good things about them, but i don't want a frame with braze-ons anyway. i've also ruled out the Fetish frames on ebay because i think they are ugly and i'd rather have an Mark V for the money.
are there any other sub $400 frame options? i found craploads of info on affordable bikes, but i have all the components, i just need a frame.