I am buying a new fixed gear for use on the road - hence a desire for a road geometry.
Unless anyone has better suggestions it is going to be between the Jamis Sputnik or the 2007 Lemond Fillmore.
For both I will need to make some modifications:
-Replace handlebars with my already owned Profile bullhorns
-Will add front brake using my TT brake lever
-Change crank from stock 175mm to 170mm (will do factory trade for same crank if dealers can support it)
-Change chainring on Fillmore to 48t (Sputnik is already 48t)
-Use my Surly/Open Pro fixed/fixed hub as both bikes come stock with fixed/free hub
-Use my broken in Brooks B17
I checked with Lemond on the difference between the frameset on the 2007 vs. 2006 Fillmore, response:
"06 was a US made frame, OX Platinum butted, carbon fork
07 is made overseas, same frame material, but a lugged steel fork
Frame weight has not changed, fork is slightly heavier"
If I go with the Fillmore I'd rather have the 2006, but it looks like the dealer I work with can't find one.
Price is less of an issue, most important to me is getting the right frame. I have this 'sense' that the Sputnik frame is 'better' but not certain.