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Old 04-06-14, 04:01 PM   #1
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Why not aluminum?

I've noticed that most brands sell cro-moly or version thereof frame. Are there any decent manufacturers that sell aluminum fixies? In my area, co-moly tends to rust out easily and I prefer to have the bike for a long time. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 04-06-14, 04:07 PM   #2
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Just because aluminium does not rust, doesn't mean it doesn't corrode. And when it does, you will wish you were dealing with rust instead.

With what seems to be a hostile environment toward metals, you have nothing to worry about if you do your part. I.E. storing your bike indoors and wiping it down after riding in the elements.
Even with a hi-tensile frame, you'd have no problems with corrosion whatsoever.

Your components will rust/ corrode before your frame which is protected with its paintjob besides.
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Old 04-06-14, 06:54 PM   #5
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I have two alu fixies. A Colnago Pista and a Look AL 464 (built up as SS). Love everything about both……plenty stiff, light, and responsive, yet forgiving enough over rougher surfaces. And rust is never a concern.
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Stainless steel

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Old 04-06-14, 07:11 PM   #7
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^^^^That yours, TT?

Freaking gorgeous. Incredible old school lug work. My dream fixed.
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^^^^That yours, TT?

Freaking gorgeous. Incredible old school lug work. My dream fixed.
I wish it were ! Nope, it's a custom frame made by Chris Bishop Bishop Bikes with KVA stainless steel tubing and castings.

Here's a complete bike, total porn.

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I wish it were ! Nope, it's a custom frame made by Chris Bishop Bishop Bikes with KVA stainless steel tubing and castings.
Wow. Just went to his site. What craftsmanship and aesthetics. Seems to be a lot like Richard Sachs in his attention to detail, but his prices seem downright reasonable…...

Kinda wish I never saw this.
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those bishop bikes are insanely awesome.
for me im starting to realize the noise difference between my crmo frame and my aluminum. also alot of tuner fixie bros are sportin aero alum cheap frames these days and its starting to look bad.
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those bishop bikes are insanely awesome.
for me im starting to realize the noise difference between my crmo frame and my aluminum. also alot of tuner fixie bros are sportin aero alum cheap frames these days and its starting to look bad.
Honestly, for track racing aluminum frames with carbon forks work better than steel, but on the road steel is still king. My favorite road FG is my Soma Rush, and I'm seriously considering getting one of the new all chrome ones with retro threaded headset and quill stem. The ride on rough roads is divine, but it still is very responsive and not unduly heavy.
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Honestly, for track racing aluminum frames with carbon forks work better than steel, but on the road steel is still king. My favorite road FG is my Soma Rush, and I'm seriously considering getting one of the new all chrome ones with retro threaded headset and quill stem. The ride on rough roads is divine, but it still is very responsive and not unduly heavy.
ahh thats sounds cool.
yeah sorry i meant casual riding on streets vs velodrome track racing.
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I've noticed that most brands sell cro-moly or version thereof frame. Are there any decent manufacturers that sell aluminum fixies?
I had to chuckle at this one. Everyone and their mother makes aluminum frames these days.
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Old 04-07-14, 10:03 AM   #14
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I had to chuckle at this one. Everyone and their mother makes aluminum frames these days.
When he said "fixie" he meant a complete bike for less than $300 with "custom" colorway.
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Oh yeah. This consistent San Diego weather made me overlook that Spring is here!
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My mom doesn't make aluminum frames you dick.
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That's not what she told me.
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I had to chuckle at this one. Everyone and their mother makes aluminum frames these days.
Darrell Llewellyn McCulloch only makes steel frames. He even makes a fixie



Mind you, he wants $US8,500 for that bike.

Top level Columbus tubing.
Hand brazed lugs
Dura Ace bits and pieces.

Nope, it's not a KiloTT
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