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    Best Fixed Gear/Single Speed Frame

    I've been browsing the forum on and off for a few years now and finally decided it was time to make an account and actually ask for advice myself.

    For the last couple months I've been riding my Trek 400 single speed conversion. Nothing too special (mix of new and old parts that got cobbled together), just wanted to figure out if I enjoyed riding a single speed or not (as it turns out, I really did!). Had an unfortunate run-in with a parked car and bent up the frame beyond repair, so now I have an expensive piece of wall-art and am looking for a new frame. Will be building more or less from the ground up on an overall budget of ~$600.

    That said, I've been browsing the forums for opinions on the best frames for the cost (I want to spend roughly half the budget on the frame, so ~$300) and there doesn't really seem to be a common ground. So I thought I'd throw this up here myself and see if giving my own specifications could help narrow it down. Besides budget, I'm looking for CroMo as opposed to aluminum, want the frame drilled for both front and rear brakes, and intend to use the bike for urban/suburban commuting. Let me know if you need/want any more info to give an opinion.

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    Kilo TT. I can't believe you thought there was no consensus on this. CroMo, drilled front and rear, many use it as a commuter. If you really need fat tires, get the Kilo WT instead.

    /close thread.
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    Honestly if you have $600 buy a complete. If you truly are building from ground up and not reusing that is not enough. I build a bike a bike last year. I got a good deal on a Dolan for about $350 frame/fork/headset/seatpost ad collar. I went fairly budget on the rest and cost about another $700 for all parts. I got budget wheels for $120, crankset/bb for about $90 etc. You have to consider cables, housing, ferrells, cable stops and all the other little parts you need and it all adds up
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    How tall are you?

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    If i were you, and I'm not, I would build up another vintage frame. I generally find I can get a better value buying old bikes. $300 can get you a pretty nice frame, though I'd stay away from high-end racing bikes from the 80's as they had tighter geometries and aren't as suitable for city commuting. Heck, maybe an old touring frame? They make great city bikes.

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