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Old 01-30-09, 11:28 AM   #1
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Historically speaking - what (good) ss/fg bikes existed before '02?

I got into bicycling a little late - around 2002. At that time the only three bikes that I knew about that seemed decent were the kona humu, the bianchi pista, and the surly steamroller frame. Of course today there are much MUCH more choices. I am curious though what was available between say the late 80's and 2002 in terms of a good quality single speed frames or complete bikes?
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I don't think these much aside from dedicated track bikes and single speed cruiser type bikes
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i'm sure people will mention the cannondale track ('92ish?) and the original khs track. i'm also sure most people wish those respective companies would bring back those frames.
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I got into bicycling a little late - around 2002. At that time the only three bikes that I knew about that seemed decent were the kona humu, the bianchi pista, and the surly steamroller frame. Of course today there are much MUCH more choices. I am curious though what was available between say the late 80's and 2002 in terms of a good quality single speed frames or complete bikes?
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Old 01-30-09, 12:35 PM   #6
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I have riden single speed bikes since 1995 and old road frames have always been fine. I used an Allez, DeRosa, etc road frames and those were all great. Not many frames before that with track ends that I knew of.... so for FG, 2002 seems to be the start of when mass market FG frames became avliable.
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1998-2000(?) GT track bikes (GTB and Pulse)
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I feel that there have been very few GOOD track bikes since '02. For example the original Pista/Super Pista were amazing. The popularity of thin wall alum track bikes is truly a sad sad thing.
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For decent bikes:
Paramount track
Super Pista
Pinarello pista
etc
etc
etc


Versus a Leader or Surly?
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