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Old 04-09-14, 04:43 PM   #1
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Frame suggestons, SS, large tire clearance

Hey guys, looking for a single speed frame with clearance for 50mm tires (700c).
Tricky part, stand over height has to be 30 inches or less.
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Was looking for something with a more traditional geometry. Appreciate the info.
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Was looking for something with a more traditional geometry. Appreciate the info.
By "more traditional geometry", do you mean something more road-like? Because the tire size you specified does kind of limit your choice to 29er mountain frames, some Rivendells, and of course, custom frames.

Or...when I had a bug up my ass for a gravel grinder with really big tires awhile back, my search lead me back to everybody's favorite "Fatties Fit Fine" Surly frames. While Surly only claims Cross Check fits up to 42mm, and Long Haul Trucker up to 45mm, I did run across several articles where guys had successfully stuffed things like 50mm Fat Franks and Big Apples into them.

Since LHT has vertical dropouts, unless you want to work around that it leaves the good old Crosscheck which does come in small sizes to accomodate your standover challenge.

I got over wanting mtb sized tires & ended up building a Steamroller, which has no problems going just about anywhere on 35c tires, for my son but curiosity has me looking forward to see what, if any, other suggestions you get and what you do build.

Good luck...
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It looks like their images are hosted on Flickr and the flash-based slideshow they were using is broken. (Van Dessel probably didn't update after the last time Flickr redesigned.)

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Try this link instead Van Dessel ? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot They serve the same page over http and https, but the embedded slideshow is served over http only, so your web browser will, rightfully, complain that the encrypted page includes some unencrypted content.
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Turns out I was able to fit very large tires on my current frame.

Very narrow clearance but I think it will work.
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Now that's exactly what I'm talking about. Nice geometry.


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Turns out I was able to fit very large tires on my current frame.

Very narrow clearance but I think it will work.
I dig that balloon tire look, what bike is that?
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You could also try Retrotec, they're more expensive, but definitely a classier, more traditional look. (they'll build it singlespeed if you order it that way)

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This is a single speed cruiser from bikesdirect. Its a cheapie: http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/windsor/essex.htm
I purchased it and then found some cool old handlebars and front rack of an old dutch bicycle.
Also new Brooks saddle and a cool retro chain guard from Velo-Orange.

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That is a beautiful frame for sure.

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Maybe you should try looking in the beach cruiser forum. There may be some in there that are close to what you are looking for.
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Thanks so much for the suggestion, didn't know there was a beach cruiser forum.


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