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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 12-31-09, 08:06 AM   #1
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Best Aluminum Fixed Frame

I ride fixed 9 miles daily - rain or shine, and am looking for a new frame. My current frame is a Cannondale CAAD5, which I like a lot: the aluminum frame is light and doesn't rust. The problem with this frame is that there are no good methods for fender attachment, and this particular frame is a touch small for me. I am using the SKS Raceblade fenders, but they don't stay put and need constant attention - annoying really.

I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions about the best frame for these conditions (fixed, aluminum, and fender braze ons). Additionally, I am considering the S3X 3-speed fixed hub - if it's ever released - so having accommodations for a line to the rear wouldn't be a problem for me. Thanks!
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Old 12-31-09, 12:30 PM   #2
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Specialized Langster is the only frame that comes to my mind that fits your criteria (fixed, aluminum and fender braze on). There are a bunch of quality fenders on the market that don't require brazes.
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How about Felt's Gridlock frameset?

Felt Gridlock:

Frame: Felt URBAN Custom Butted Super-light 7005 Aluminum, Forged Dropouts w/ Stainless Steel Inserts, rack & fender mounts

Fork: Felt carbon fiber w/ alloy steerer tube & fender clearance

Headset: Cane Creek type 1 1/8" Integrated with 20mm Cone and 2 X 7.5mm Spacer Stack

Seatpost Clamp: 30.6mm 6061-AL Forged Aluminum, Chrome Moly 5mm x 0.8mm Bolt, Stainless Steel Nut-Bar.

Extras: Felt BEERNuts Axle Nut Tool: Chrome-Moly 15mm tool to remove axle nuts for fixing flat tire and with bottle opener for liquid refreshment while fixing flat tire.

Finish: Gloss Black (shown) or Gloss White

Sizes: 51, 54, 56, 58, 61cm

Weight: n/a

MSRP: $399
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get an aluminum cyclocross frame.
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get an aluminum cyclocross frame.
The Tricross Singlecross is the only one that comes to mind that has fender-mounts. It was cancelled last year but you might find one used.
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Specialized Langster is the only frame that comes to my mind that fits your criteria (fixed, aluminum and fender braze on). There are a bunch of quality fenders on the market that don't require brazes.
I'm pretty sure I read that tire clearance is an issue with Langsters. Would be a waste to get fenders and be stuck with skinny tires.
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