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Old 08-31-12, 02:39 PM
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Losa Road Frame Value

I've had my eye on this frame for a few days: https://shop.loosenutscycles.com/product/losa-road

Just wondering if it's a good buy and if it's something that will hold value.

This one is also a possibility: https://shop.loosenutscycles.com/prod...rack-bike-55cm
 
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are you looking for a road frame or a track frame?
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are you looking for a road frame or a track frame?
It will be for a single speed build. I can work with either. That particular road frame has horizontal dropouts, which is nice, but I'd even work with vertical dropouts if I liked the frame. An eccentric rear hub is no big deal.
 
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For that price, I would want a more recognizable brand, with high end tubing. Have you considered buying a complete bike, selling off the parts you do not need to help subsidize the project, and building it up from there? A $900 bike with super high end components might only actually cost you $500 after selling off the excess parts, and you would have something special imho. Anytime they have to explain who the maker was, that is a signal to me of future value problems (ie., less likely to hold its value).

And even better, I have bought several nicer high end bikes for lower prices than that, so the economics look better still.
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Have you considered buying a complete bike, selling off the parts you do not need to help subsidize the project, and building it up from there?
Selling is such a hassle. And after paypal takes their fees, ebay takes their fees, after the shipping ends up costing more than I thought, I usually come up low. I've never had good luck making money selling things.

I have considered going with a Surly frame.
 
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There is a pretty interesting Basso on Atlanta CL right now. Been on there a while, I bet there is some flexibility on the price. Even if you just want to go SS, building up a frame is a hassle too. With a complete bike, you will have the right seat post, the right head set, bars, stem, brake calipers with the right reach, etc.

I have found there is a price point on C/L where everything vintage just doesn't sell. That point varies on your market. Around here, it is in that $300 to $400 level. So a lot of really, really, good stuff, priced above that point, just sits. A savvy and patient buyer can find some nice stuff that way. I've picked up more higher end stuff this year, than any year prior, almost all off C/L.

I bet someone could get that Basso for the price of that Losa frameset, maybe less.

Cast a wider net from Atlanta, say Chattanooga, TN; Birmingham, AL, etc., and you will find even more stuff. Good looking Vitus on Birmingham right now, along with a PX10. I think I would be considering that PX10 right now if I was closer.



This is great as a buyer, lousy as a seller. As a result, my high end stuff is probably going to go to fleecebay.

Note to below, I assumed you were in Atlanta, every market is different.

Its very helpful if you list your location in your profile.

PX10 seller will ship.
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Even if you just want to go SS, building up a frame is a hassle too.
I'm pretty good at this part. I just don't have a good gauge of vintage frame value.

I'll take a look around craigslist. There's not much in my area and most people on there won't ship anything, but maybe something will come up.
 
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Originally Posted by eyeomegasquared View Post
I'm pretty good at this part. I just don't have a good gauge of vintage frame value.

I'll take a look around craigslist. There's not much in my area and most people on there won't ship anything, but maybe something will come up.
Your other choice is to become a member, and post a wanted ad in the classified section. A lot of members have many, many, bikes. And those with a lot of bikes, most will ship.
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I've had decent results either getting CL folks to ship, or help from some of the outstanding members on this site facilitating a purchase/ship for me. Also, I think Bill is right on, with buying a complete or even nearly complete bike and taking off what you don't need and selling it. I hate doing that, but sometimes it makes the most sense financially. Best of luck in your hunt !

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It will be for a single speed build. I can work with either. That particular road frame has horizontal dropouts, which is nice, but I'd even work with vertical dropouts if I liked the frame. An eccentric rear hub is no big deal.
Why not just buy a FG/SS from bike direct and save yourself about $200? I don't use it much but my Fantom Uno was a great buy at $350ish



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