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Old 06-09-06, 05:05 PM   #1
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Single speed cyclocross frame options?

What are my options for off-the-peg (affordable) single speed cyclocross frames? The cross-check is the only one I'm that familiar with. There's the Quickbeam, but I haven't got $900 to spend.

I'm looking for something that I could run a fixed/free rear hub on, so horizontal dropouts are a must. I'm well aware of the White Industries ENO hub and I'd really like a SS specific frame.

I'm open to any bike with track ends and relaxed geometry that will accomodate larger tires.
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i use a kogswell for that and it's perfect. i think it's the model g. it looks sick too. i'll try to take a pic of mine tonight.
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typical old touring bike? 5$ at a garage sale or bike coop/nonprofit.
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Old 06-09-06, 05:18 PM   #4
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typical old touring bike? 5$ at a garage sale or bike coop/nonprofit.
I was looking for something a little more modern and I'd prefer track dropouts. I am open to this though. What the maximum tire size I'd be able to run on an old touring bike?
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Old 06-09-06, 05:19 PM   #5
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i use a kogswell for that and it's perfect. i think it's the model g. it looks sick too. i'll try to take a pic of mine tonight.
I'd appreciate it if you would. I forgot about Kogswell, I'll have to take a look at their site.
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Old 06-09-06, 05:34 PM   #6
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Bianchi San Jose. SS, off the peg, in the pista price range. Also the IRO Rob Roy.
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Bianchi has a sweet cyclocross frame (I think they have two models with different buildups).
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Wait and see what Raleigh is coming out with in about a month (oops, probably said too mutch)...
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I'd appreciate it if you would. I forgot about Kogswell, I'll have to take a look at their site.
mine looks way better than anything on their site!!!!





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did i send you one of those?

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Wow, that's beautiful. You've got some nice bikes. Have you a got a photogallery set up somewhere with all of them?
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Thanks for the suggestions. I have no idea how I overlooked the IRO. ha.

I considered the San Jose, but I was hoping to build it up with slightly nicer components. I wouldn't normally care, but it does not come with a fixed hub and I'd have to replace that no matter what. I've already got a wheelset that I wanted to use.
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I was looking for something a little more modern and I'd prefer track dropouts. I am open to this though. What the maximum tire size I'd be able to run on an old touring bike?
I have 700x38 on my Miyata 610 and there's still a bit of room.
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though i've never actually raced CX
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Woot! The search funtion actually helped me for once.

Anyone have other ideas to add to this list of frames that would be functional for building up a cyclocross-esque (non-fixed) single speed? I'm looking at the PhantomCross Uno or salvaging an older frame but I'm open to other ideas too.
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Specialized now has a SS Tricross.
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What are my options for off-the-peg (affordable) single speed cyclocross frames? The cross-check is the only one I'm that familiar with. There's the Quickbeam, but I haven't got $900 to spend.

I'm looking for something that I could run a fixed/free rear hub on, so horizontal dropouts are a must. I'm well aware of the White Industries ENO hub and I'd really like a SS specific frame.

I'm open to any bike with track ends and relaxed geometry that will accomodate larger tires.
Unless you plan on running the same gearing fixed and free, horizontal dropouts will make dealing with your brakes much much easier than track ends.

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typical old touring bike? 5$ at a garage sale or bike coop/nonprofit.
Good luck with that. Good touring bikes go for big bucks. If you can get them for $5, pick me up a 55 and I'll pay you a handsome finders fee.
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There is a popular mail-order house with a SS/FG cross for ~$400. Motobecane Fantom Cross UNO.

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Somewhat decent looking ride but you lose maturity points for the spoke cards. Are you twelve?
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don't think the Uno was an option when this thread started.

huerro - what do you mean about brakes & dropouts....sounds like the post you were quoting was mixing up track ends & horizontal dropouts. personally, I've never had a bike with track ends and almost every bike I've ever owned had horizontal dropouts. Were you saying rear brakes are a PITA with track ends? Well, maybe I don't even care, 'cause I'm not really anticipating any FG mid-ride gear changes (ie, wheel flips, or cog changes) at this point.
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