Originally Posted by jessebest
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
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.
Originally Posted by gtrob
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.