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
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.
late 2009 leader 721tr, 1992 trek oclv with da, 2010 specialized tarmac expert, QR Lucero Lite, NS Suburban 24''
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.
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!
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.