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Old 01-17-12, 10:24 PM
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Soma Japan frame

Just saw this on craigslist:

It's a 48 so it should fit me but is it actually worth building up? Overpriced?
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Are you looking to build a single speed? Do you have all of the parts, including a fork on hand?

I would look for a deal on a complete bike with good parts and sell / trade what you don't need to fund what you do.
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+1 No.
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Starting with just a frame set, and going from there, most often proves to be a very costly way to go. The frame presented looks to be a repaint and that, too, will impact the worth of the frame. Were I you, I would definitely pass on the opportunity.

Find yourself a complete bicycle, in your size. I know that can be difficult when seeking a small frame, but keep looking. My guess is you will find what you seek. Might I suggest you take a look at this feature article on Bicycle Finding Methods that I published on my website, MY "TEN SPEEDS". Your chances of finding a bike, by following one or more of those suggesting hunting procedures will greatly increase your chance of finding what you seek.

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+1. Based on the metal headbadge, the frame is very late 1970s to very early 1980s. This, in conjunction with the stamped dropouts, indicates an entry level frame of carbon or high tensile steel. Plus, it appears this may not be the original paint, and as such will be less durable. I'd pass, unless you absolutely can't find a better deal in your size.
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Entry to mid level Japanese frame no fork iffy repaint I wouldn't pay more than $10. For the price you should be able to get a complete similar bike for whatever project your planning.
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Like everyone else said: no

It would get pretty expensive to build up the whole bike up too.
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Overpriced and badly repainted. I bought one of these not too long ago with forged dropouts and chromed stays and fork--in other words, a slightly nicer one from the same period. I paid $25, and it came with a VO headset and a crankset attached. Had some rust issues, but I only wanted it for a single speed beater, so it's fine. I probably would have figured that to be too expensive except for the fact that it came with a decent headset and newish chromed fork.
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