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Old 11-28-13, 03:36 PM   #1
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Help me decide my next frame.

So I want to change frame in the near future. I already have a buyer for my jamis beatnik frame but can't decide from an IRO Mark V Pro frameset or an Unknown LV1 with Leader I806A fork. What would you choose?

IRO Mark V Pro
http://www.irocycle.com/markvproframeset.aspx
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http://www.citygrounds.com/unknown/u...ack-frame-1675
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http://www.ebay.com/itm/121001430926
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Old 11-28-13, 08:15 PM   #2
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Fyxation Eastside
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Old 11-28-13, 09:34 PM   #3
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I'd go IRO just by price, I've rode none of those framesets you offered but I know Unknown has a bad rep.
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one is steel and one is aluminum.
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Old 11-29-13, 05:19 AM   #5
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You have me looking at the Eastside now--thanks for the suggestion!

EDIT: OK, thanks to you I now have a Fyxation frame on the way and drop bars too. With the 20% off 'blacknovember' code I couldn't resist. I'm definitely thankful, it made the shipping very worthwhile! I can build it up with locally sourced parts and I'll have a fixie that actually fits me right!

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Old 11-29-13, 07:33 PM   #6
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I now have a Fyxation frame on the way and drop bars too.
Cool. It should make a nice bike for you.

Retrogression is a great place to get stuff. They sell a lot for less than you will find it anywhere else and back it up with the best service you will find.

Post pics when you get goin'.
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Cool. It should make a nice bike for you.

Retrogression is a great place to get stuff. They sell a lot for less than you will find it anywhere else and back it up with the best service you will find.

Post pics when you get goin'.
Actually, I got mine directly from Fyxation.com because they are doing 20% off. Then I got an e-mail saying they can ship directly to Hong Kong (where I live) from Taiwan for less (and it'll be faster too). Since I can save on the shipping, I asked them how much a prebuilt would be with the drop bars since running around sourcing components (while fun) would me a major PITA, and I'm a busy guy. It's $295 for shipping from the US--here's hoping it'll be $100 from TW!

I wish more American companies were willing to ship directly from their Asian hubs since I'm a stone's throw away from China and Taiwan!
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Has anyone even been able to successfully buy an IRO in the past year? I thought they were having growth problems with their success that ultimately put them darn near under.
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Go with the Unknown LV. 1. Or if you can afford it, a leader 725. But yeah, the Lv. 1 is really solid. Talk to the guys at your LBS.
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Go with the Unknown LV. 1. Or if you can afford it, a leader 725. But yeah, the Lv. 1 is really solid. Talk to the guys at your LBS.
Thanks for the suggestion, I've been having same amount of people tell me to get unknown as well as the IRO. The best argument is that our towns streets are really bad for aluminum frames. Still not sure what to get though, and not in a hurry either.
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If you decide to go with the Unknown, I would not recommend that fork. Spend a little more for carbon.
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Took the words right out of my mouth bro.

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Seafoam green rides horribly. It double sucks when applied to an aluminium fork.
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Seafoam green rides horribly. It double sucks when applied to an aluminium fork.
I have that fork on my Leader and while it's no longer sea foam, I notice a small difference from steel but it really hasn't been that big of a deal as everyone claimed it would be, I ride 25's too on both bikes.
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