I am going to sell my fixed Cross Check and buy a complete IRO with some upgrades. My initial intention was to go with the Angus because of the Reynolds tubing, simplicity, and the cool old school build I could do with it, but I am having second thoughts. The, also sweet, Mark V has the appeal of the threadless stem (I do love a nitto quill though), looks tough and it is a few bucks cheaper.
What experience do you folks have with these frames?
Pros Cons etc.
I am going to be mostly using this as a commuter/street racer.
I used to have the best of both worlds; A Mark V Pro.. but the seat post seized and got decapitated w/o coming out from the frame. So now I have a Mark V, which I like quite a lot. I'd like to get an Angus just so I could have the nice quill stem look, which chics dig. The Mark V doesn't get me much p****, I need to bust out my miyata for that. Go with the Angus.
i'd go with the Mark V. you won't notice the upgrade in tubing, except maybe in weight (and i mean come on, you can always get a lighter wheelset, or drink less beers), but you'll definitely notice the improved performance/stiffness of a threadless steertube, and you'll definitely notice yourself saving some money.
I noticed a big difference between my cross check and my angus - the CC would flex sprinting or on uphills while the Angus is like a rock. Of course, I've never ridden a Mark V so it's kinda apples and oranges. I do kinda wish the Angus had the option of a threadless 631 fork, but c'est la vie.
Beyond the tubes the choice is really about threadless or threaded headsets. I ride a Mark V because I have tons of extra threadless headset parts (all my bikes are such) and don't like the look of quill stems and/or dealing with threaded headsets. I adore the frame and can't find a single fault with it, I have maybe 2500miles on it.
Ironically enough I'm currently building up a Cross Check....