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Old 06-14-09, 08:31 PM   #1
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Best Midrange Track frame?

My Steamroller was stolen but this is now an opportunity (insurance covered most of it) to build something nicer.
  • track or close to track geometry (some velodrome (in NH) but will be my city bike)
  • $750 for frame(can go a little more, but less is better)
  • Steel
  • high bb (i pedal struck several time on the steamroller with 165s)

I currently have a Mavic Ellipse wheelset.
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Old 06-14-09, 08:52 PM   #2
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You insured a steamroller? Did you just throw that into home insurance or something? I'm not saying it's dumb, Im just curious.
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Old 06-14-09, 09:02 PM   #3
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You insured a steamroller? Did you just throw that into home insurance or something? I'm not saying it's dumb, Im just curious.
At least he got it insured and can get a new bike for pretty much free.
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Used njs or Bob Jackson (and pay more), bare knuckle, new langster
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Bob Jackson or Soma Rush. Rush is a nice frame and it's relatively cheap. Put a CF (wound up) fork on it and it will be really smooth, too.
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tk2... the new one.
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Old 06-14-09, 09:22 PM   #7
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You insured a steamroller? Did you just throw that into home insurance or something? I'm not saying it's dumb, Im just curious.
Yeah, home owners insurance covered it, minus the deductible.
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Old 06-14-09, 09:31 PM   #8
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he wanted steel
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Old 06-14-09, 10:10 PM   #10
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he wanted steel
Yeah, the roads in boston suck. I have a alu Felt road frame and I really feel the bumps.
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Also, I'm not down w/ Alien b/c it is just basic 4130. I am all about nice tubing. I can really tell a difference. I suggest getting something w/ 631/853 or Tange Prestige or some other good steel.
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Also, I'm not down w/ Alien b/c it is just basic 4130. I am all about nice tubing. I can really tell a difference. I suggest getting something w/ 631/853 or Tange Prestige or some other good steel.
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Masi sprint, Jamis sputnik, or Soma Rush. Thats what I would be looking at anyway.
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Old 06-16-09, 12:03 AM   #14
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I was pumped about the Sputnik, but i have heard it has a low BB.

so what i have seen locally (boston) is:
<700
a) soma rush
b) traitor

<800
c) bare knuckle
d) Torelli

>800
e) De Bernardi Thron
f) Geekhouse

thoughts?
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Old 06-16-09, 12:18 AM   #15
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Well if I had my choice of those and the money to get one, I'd go for a geekhouse.
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Old 06-16-09, 12:39 AM   #16
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Definitely the geekhouse if it's in your budget
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Old 06-16-09, 12:49 AM   #17
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Bob Jackson.
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Old 06-16-09, 01:37 AM   #18
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bareknuckle, but thats just because i want one

which torelli? the Corsa Pista is purrty
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+11 on Bob Jackson.
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yeah, cause the Supercorsa Pista frameset is totally within his price range. doesn't deviate at all.
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Geekhouse is in the $800 range?

At that pricepoint, maybe go with the Rush? No frills, but very lightweight and fun to ride. I don't know. I just feel like the difference between $300 to $800 isn't as much as the difference between $800 and $1300. Of course, you wanted steel, so that kind of makes that a moot point since more expensive track frames are generally not steel unless they are custom/handmade or involve some level of frame-making artistry.
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used njs, ride the f-out of it and have money to spare.

i'd pick up a dented one for discount. (most of the dents are from bars, and a lot of the time you'll wrap that spot anyway)
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+11 on Bob Jackson.
There is a 7-8 week lead time for these...can't do that.

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Geekhouse is in the $800 range?
No the Geekhouse in not in that range, but they are a local company that is pushing a lot for boston bike safety and ride-ability, so just keeping the idea there.

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used njs, ride the f-out of it and have money to spare.i'd pick up a dented one for discount. (most of the dents are from bars, and a lot of the time you'll wrap that spot anyway)
Where the heck do i get used njs frames for under $1k? and in my size? I would love this, but just unclear if this is really possible.
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