Old 09-22-08, 10:21 AM
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"3 stays per side" I've seen really tall mens frames with the extra twin tubes that run from the head tube to the rear dropouts. I wouldn't call those mixtes.

Seems like the faux-mixte came about because of the weakness of the classic mixte. I've seen many Peugeot mixtes and kids muscle bikes with similar twin tubes, with bent frames right where the twin tubes join the head tube. They were prone to this damage due to front end impacts. I suspect the single tube replacement was a stronger alternative since it seems more common on newer bikes, since circa 1980. Or perhaps it's cheaper or easier to manufacture.

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true mixte
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near mixte
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