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    Need a new frame and need advice!

    I am looking to build a new ride for this season and wanted something for longer distance rides. I need help picking out a frame and will list features I am looking for in order of importance:

    1) Fixed with track drops
    2) Little more relaxed geometry for better comfort on long rides
    3) Aesthetically I want a matte black finish with little to no branding


    Anyone have any ideas?

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    Jamis Sputnik (take the decals off)

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    Price range?

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    the kilo frame from bikeisland might be of interest to you.

    http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1084

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    I think #1 is at odds with #2. Track drops are in no way designed for comfort on long rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jessebest View Post
    I am looking to build a new ride for this season and wanted something for longer distance rides. I need help picking out a frame and will list features I am looking for in order of importance:

    1) Fixed with track drops
    2) Little more relaxed geometry for better comfort on long rides
    3) Aesthetically I want a matte black finish with little to no branding


    Anyone have any ideas?
    I am so glad you asked BEFORE you bought. I see so many "I just bought this...can I convert it?" or "I just bought this what do you think?" threads which are useless AFTER you already bought the bike.

    My vote would be for the Surly Steamroller:
    - Lugged steel frame (good for long rides)
    - More relaxed than a "true" track geometry
    - You can run fatter tires (comfy for long rides)
    - All stickers come off easily. They don't even leave glue behind.
    - Not sure about the colors. But, if you are building from the frame up, you can get the frame and have it powdercoated for $150-200 (according to estimates I've heard).
    - Surly is owned by Quality Bike Parts. Quality is available in just about EVERY bike shop across the US. So you can easily get one.
    - Water bottle holders

    http://www.surlybikes.com/steamroller.html

    I've owned one. It's a great bike. I bought the wrong size just because it was on sale which was hard lesson to learn. That lesson being: If it doesn't fit, it doesn't matter HOW good the deal is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzz2050 View Post
    I think #1 is at odds with #2. Track drops are in no way designed for comfort on long rides.
    I thought that too, then figured he meant track ends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuzz2050 View Post
    I think #1 is at odds with #2. Track drops are in no way designed for comfort on long rides.
    Track ends don't affect the ride quality; it's the length of the chainstays, front center, and head geometry (angle &fork rake) that make the difference.

    That said, most bikes built with track ends tend to be tighter than many standard road frames. But there's nothing to prevent a builder from using track ends with any geometry.

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    i ride a beat-to-hell pake but im upgrading this spring. i know its not a great upgrade, but im considering a rush hour or steam roller or traitor cycles- i think the rush hour might be in matte black now but i havent looked recently. id say its a bad idea to limit yourself to just one color, these are bikes, not fashion accessories. i know aesthetics are important but you will have more options for less money if you expand past matte black paint.

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