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Old 09-06-10, 07:14 PM   #1
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26" Steel Mixte Xtracycle Donor?

So I've been thinking about what I want to do when my current aluminum mountain bike frame fails with my Xtracycle. Does such a thing as a 26" steel mixte frame exist that would be a good donor frame for an Xtracycle? Or should I just resign myself to buying a Big Dummy frameset?
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Old 09-06-10, 07:26 PM   #2
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I don't think I've ever seen a 26" mixte
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Old 09-07-10, 11:41 AM   #3
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Mixte = 2 small diameter tubes from top of head to rear dropout ,
are typically in 27" or 700c format.

a step thru lower tube design butting into the seat tube,
would properly have another name.

those, as women's bikes ,can be found with 26" wheels.
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I've been using a "ladies" Electra Amsterdam Balloon as my donor bike for past year and a half. Not a mixte but a step through bike is brilliant for an xtracycle IMO. This particular bike has the cranks forward of the bottom bracket which is excellent for getting a foot down and not having to dismount when stopped (handy when hauling heavy loads) but I've become increasingly frustrated with the bikes climbing ability. So, I've recently purchased a Civia Loring to replace the Electra. This is again, not technically a mixte but a steel, low standover frame with lots of tyre clearance and disc brakes.
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Sorry all -- my bicycle vocabulary is clearly not up to snuff. When I said mixte I was implying a step-through frame, so thanks for the enlightenment

OlShrimpEyes, are you able to purchase the Loring as frameset only, or did you just buy the whole bike to use?
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Old 09-11-10, 01:45 AM   #6
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OlShrimpEyes, are you able to purchase the Loring as frameset only, or did you just buy the whole bike to use?
I think initially you were able buy the frame by itself but couldn't find one when I came to actually doing it. That was my preferred option as I was looking to import to Australia and use the parts I already have on my bike. Luckily I discovered a stack of Civia stuff for sale on ebay and the seller was willing to ship here. I opted for the cheapest model, the base 3 speed as that version comes without the trimmings: racks, brooks saddle, mudguards, etc but still has the same basic components: wheels, handlebars, brakes, etc. I'll swap out the parts I want from my current bike and use the wheels from the Loring for another project.
Anyway, feel free to ask more questions. I can post some pics once I get deep into the saga of changing frames.

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Old 09-17-10, 03:11 PM   #7
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I've often thought about making an Xtracycle out of my Mixte that you see in my signature line. But, it is set up from the factory for 27" wheels, and converting it over to a good stout set of 26ers would be a problem the way the front fork is made. I could change out front forks, and so on, but for now it's just a project for the future. (translation no cash to work with at this time)...

Quick P.S. ... If I ever do build an Xtracycle even if it's not my Mixte, I will still use a step through frame, just for the extra versatility it offers. I'm a male, but screw the whole step through frames are for women stuff. With a heavy load on the bike, it's just too handy to be able to step through that frame.

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MTB mixtes can be found. Also 650B ones. If you use a hub brake in the front you can avoid the fork problem i guess. I made a MTB homemade longtail. Gave it up becouse the frame was small for my son and becous we had some problems with the cable routing and front shifter we could not (be bothered to) solve.

http://i277.photobucket.com/albums/k...llongtail1.jpg
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