My current bike is a conversion of an old frame I got for cheap when my other bike was stolen. I like it alot, but it has never fit quite right, its fairly flexy, etc.
So, I am going to build a new bike soon, in the next month or so.
Steel, bottle braze ons, threadless headset, front brake drilling. It should come in black and should have very low key graphics, if any. I would love flat black, but i have not found any steel frames available in flat black.
I keep coming back to the Wabi Classic. From everything I have read, its is the best bike for that price range, and up. The only thing I do not like about it is the curved fork. I would really like a straight bladed fork. I just want a more modern, less classic look for this bike.
Other frames I have considered are:
All city big block
Eai bare knuckle
Am I missing anything? I could spend up to $700 or so on a frameset, but so far I have not found anything in that price range that I feel provides any significant improvement over the Wabi.
FWIW, planned build:
H+Son Archetypes laced to All City New Sherrif hubs, 32 spoke (im open to input on hubs)
Cranks will probable be Sram Omniums, perhaps the S300. I know the stock BB is garbage, I will replace it with a king or something when it wears out.
Probably a King headset.
Pedals, Shimano SPD something or other.
Thomson stem and bars.
Nitto RB-002 bullhorns. I have these and love them. I would like something similiar whith a 31.8 mm clamp if anyone knows of such a thing...
Front brake, whatever cheap brake with whatever cheap cross lever.
Thanks in advance everyone!