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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-04-09, 07:56 PM   #1
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I need your input.

Im looking for a new frame/fork and dont know exactly what i want some im looking for some input/suggestions. I am willing to spend up to about $550 on a frame set and im looking for something steel. What would you guys suggest for around 500 bucks? Thanks in advance

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Old 01-04-09, 08:02 PM   #2
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there's a 100 $500 frames. everyone has their favorites. mine are the soma rush, the surly steamroller, the lemond fillmore, the jamis sputnik, the IRO angus, the alien frame.
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Old 01-04-09, 08:05 PM   #3
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what type of riding do you plan on doing?
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I just say take your time looking around first.
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I just say take your time looking around first.

I agree. With the amount you're willing to spend, you'll be able to find a deal on something nice. Chances are, it'll be used, but there's nothing wrong with that.

If you're looking for something NEW perhaps are Surly Steamroller or a Schwinn Madison. I'd choose the latter, but only because I don't like brown, but that doesn't mean the Steamroller isn't a good frame.
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Old 01-05-09, 01:13 AM   #6
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i do mostly street riding...occasional longer commutes.

I have had my eye on the Soma and am almost decided on it, but i just wanna make sure i check everything else out first.
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Soma's are dam nice!!!!
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now i just gotta find one...
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http://www.thebikebiz.com/product_p/bk-trk-soma01.htm
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thank you sir
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this may be a dumb question...but since the Soma uses and 1" steerer tube...does that mean i will need a 1" stem or will the stem off my Langster fit?? Thanks
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You can buy a shim that will make your 1-1/8" stem fit just fine on the 1" steerer tube.

I did that on my Rush with a Thomson stem and it worked flawlessly.
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thats an idea, but i would rather just get the right size stem. Are they pretty hard to find compared to the 1 1/8" stems?
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ive never ridden a rush....but i almost got a steamroller. looking back i kinda wish i had. besides the new ones aren'y brown. they are cream..i think. and surly has a few other frames. my friend has a karate monkey which is really nice.

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now i just gotta find one...
Almost any LBS (anyone that has the Merry Sales catalog) will be able to order one for you. They'll probably match that price + shipping if you tell them about it. Then you can keep your money in your community and have a good resource (besides these here reliable forums...) to go to for questions/help. I recently built up a Rush and love it!
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Yea i found a place somewhat close that has them in stock for a pretty decent price. $430 for frame and fork
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I recommend using the shim to make your steerer 1-1/8. So many more options. Nothing wrong with using the shim, it's safe.
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thats an idea, but i would rather just get the right size stem. Are they pretty hard to find compared to the 1 1/8" stems?
there's far more choices in the 1 1/8" and yes 1" are hard to find. Nothing wrong with using a shim, you'll never see it once installed and no dangerous or adverse effects from having one, they're very safe to use.
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