So I kinda bought a IRO Mark V Pro Frameset to replace my frame (too small I'm riding like a 56 maybe and I'm 6'6), but it seems like they fell off the face of the planet as i am unable to contact them, there is no change in order status and the charges on my account are just pending. Because of this, I guess I am now again looking for a frame set.
I pretty much settled on the idea of having a lightweight steel frame (like the Reynolds 631 steel) for a few reasons:
Location: I commute with my bike in Chicago. As much as I avoid it there are a lot of bumps and potholes.
Price: I just want to swap out the frame and maybe the fork if it is a set. If I was to go to aluminum, I feel like I would need to get a carbon fiber fork and seat post so I wouldn't be vibrating all day.
Durability: As much as I could, I don't want to treat my bike as if i am riding an egg... I beat my bike up a little and I'm ok with that.
Steal-ability: I don't want anything too flashy, too much of an attention drawer... I feel like aluminum frames do that.. I want something low key nice. Something that a thief who knows his **** might steal but to an average thief doesn't look like too much.
Do people have recommendation on good valued light weight steel frames? By good value i mean low-moderate price with moderate quality (not **** quality).
A few extra notes:
It would be nice if the bottom bracket was 68mm shell so I don't have to get a new bottom bracket.. Although thats not that expensive... i care more about keeping the same crank set I currently have.
It would be nice if it would be drilled for a front break.. I like having extra stopping power if something unexpected pops out.. (back break is optional)
It would be great if the seat post was 27.2 mm just so I wouldn't have to buy a new one
Same with the fork size, would be great if it was 1 1/8.. but thats not an issue if its a frame set.. also if it was just a frame, I heard its easy to adapt
I feel.. so... picky....
Open to new ideas as well!