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Old 07-03-12, 04:37 PM   #1
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In the search of the perfect frame.

I have a Raleigh One Way in too small of a size for me. I've adjusted it and bought a new stem, but it's still too small for my liking. I love the rest of the bike though.

http://www.raleighusa.com/archive/2010-road/one-way/

My question is, does anyone know of a frame I could buy to swap over my components, or most of them so I could have a better fitting bike.

-Clearance for 35-38s.
-Canti brakes, or even disc mounts
-Singlespeed/fixed(either horizontal dropouts or track ends)
-Horizontal top tube, or mildly sloping
-Fender/rack mounts don't matter
-59-60cm(23 inch)
-Top tube of around 56-57cm

I've been looking for a while, but only custom options seem to be available. A Cross Check is pretty close, but the top tube feels too long for me, even with a stubby stem.

I'm in Canada, so BikesDirect isn't an option.

Thanks for any help.
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Old 07-03-12, 04:43 PM   #2
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Um.... why are you sticking to that size if its wrong for you?

How did you decide on a size?
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Old 07-03-12, 04:50 PM   #3
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The bike has a 55cm seat tube now, sized as a "57."
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The bike has a 55cm seat tube now, sized as a "57."
whatever. it's the reach you're complaining about.
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That did not answer my question.

How did you decide what size works best for you?
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I've had a few road bikes(old 10 speeds) in the past that were 23" frames with horizontal top tubes and they fit great. They're getting too hard to find around here though.
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If you want a 57cm top tube, try a 57cm bike. http://www.competitivecyclist.com/fr...ut--10923.html may be worth looking into.
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Familiarize yourself with late 80s or early 90s touring frames.

Specifically the Fuji Touring Series from 199Xish has a 59cm seat tube and a 57cm top tube. Canti-brake studs, clearance for 38+ tires. Triple-butted 4130 steel with a horizontal top tube. Forged horizontal dropouts with adjusters. Very well made, clean welds and machining. Rides like a dream.

Good lucking finding the bare frame. I got mine of Craigslist last spring for $90. They're generally an under-appreciated frameset.



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