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Old 01-16-16, 08:41 PM
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High end mixte?

Are there higher-end (eg Colubmus/Reynolds Tubing) mixte frames out there, or where they more of a pedestrian/entry-level thing.

With our recent loss of my wife's Colnago sport, I was thinking of building up a step-through frame for her... If Colnago made a mixte frame I think I would have to remortgage my house to buy it.

If you have one, share a picture!

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While it isn't a mixte, Mrs. cb400 owns this step thru 531 framed Raleigh Granada.


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This Basso mixte is available on Tampa CL.

Beautiful VINTAGE Italian Made Basso Ladies Mixte

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From what I can tell there was a brief period in the early 70s when high end mixte bikes were made, mostly in France. Perhaps there were some earlier also, I don't know. I once had a very nice Stella, well equipped with Campagnolo, Huret Jubilee, Stronglight, etc. I recall riding or seeing several others. I don't think I've seen a production one quite as high end as a Colnago. I'm thinking they were more likely Vitus/Durifort tubes. The Stella was perhaps comparable to a Motobecane Grand Record, or other entry level 70s race bike.

There was some discussion about this just the other day on some zombie thread.


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Are there higher-end (eg Colubmus/Reynolds Tubing) mixte frames out there, or where they more of a pedestrian/entry-level thing.

With our recent loss of my wife's Colnago sport, I was thinking of building up a step-through frame for her... If Colnago made a mixte frame I think I would have to remortgage my house to buy it.

If you have one, share a picture!
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
This Basso mixte is available on Tampa CL.
Dang. Well there's a good one. Not sure it's a "steal" at 850 though. That one looks 80s. Very odd.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
This Basso mixte is available on Tampa CL.

Beautiful VINTAGE Italian Made Basso Ladies Mixte

i'm contacting them. drool. maybe i can haggle them down a bit.

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That Basso is wild.

Not a mixte but a decent step through Gardin, Columbus Zeta tubes, Excel crank, ITM bars, thumbies.
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Super courses came in a mixte
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Albert Monteil mixte

There are certainly some beautiful French mixtes out there, although I imagine the nicest ones would be customs. I have this Albert Monteil from probably the early 50s. The frame is as nice as anything I've seen, Herses etc included. The components are all good quality racing stuff, including early Campagnolo hubs with the "dogbone" quick release skewers.
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Originally Posted by Duke7777
There are certainly some beautiful French mixtes out there, although I imagine the nicest ones would be customs. I have this Albert Monteil from probably the early 50s. The frame is as nice as anything I've seen, Herses etc included. The components are all good quality racing stuff, including early Campagnolo hubs with the "dogbone" quick release skewers.
Yes, beautiful, tres joli!
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Originally Posted by Chris Chicago
Super courses came in a mixte
Nice as well, I saw a Raleigh Gran Prix Mixte that I liked.

And plenty of modern makers as well are out there.
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Originally Posted by cb400bill
While it isn't a mixte, Mrs. cb400 owns this step thru 531 framed Raleigh Granada.

That poor derailer...
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Lotus mixtes are among the lightest mixtes available, with better components. Also, Motos:

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Originally Posted by Soody
That poor derailer...
I'd worry about it if she actually rode her bike some...
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Originally Posted by Duke7777
There are certainly some beautiful French mixtes out there, although I imagine the nicest ones would be customs. I have this Albert Monteil from probably the early 50s. The frame is as nice as anything I've seen, Herses etc included. The components are all good quality racing stuff, including early Campagnolo hubs with the "dogbone" quick release skewers.
That's a beautiful one. The handmade lugs look fantastic. Yeah, it's like it's up there with Herse. Nice multicolor pinstriping.

My Stella was quite similar, despite being a production bike probably circa ~1970ish. It had the same mixte frame configuration with a single rather than double middle tube, and the stays overlapped the seat tube before joining it. It makes for a very lively frame. That thing was a little rocket.

RE Motobecane - That's right they made a Grand Jubilee in a mixte at least a some years. Those were all Vitus including fork, IIRC. It might be the most available option.

Edit: '79 Gran Jubilee was Vitus. The '75 had a Reynolds frame, and it had Huret Jubilee derailleurs and a Stronglight 49 crank!

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Gitane made some sort of lightweight Mixte cerca 1990.
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It should also be mentioned that Ebisu (Jitensha studio) occasionally does mixte bikes. It's custom so the budget might not allow it, but nice to know it's possible.

A recently built up Ebisu single speed road bike

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Puch used to offer a mixte version of their famous Vent Noir. Attached version is Reynolds 531, black Shimano Dura-Ace and gold accents. One of the most beautiful mixtes ever manufactured.
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I have a Motobecane mixte built with Reynolds 531 and Nervex lugs. It might be available...
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Cuevas, might not have heard of this brand, it looks high end and in light tubes and costing similar to the other, in Philadelphia.

Cuevas Mixte Frame Complete Bicycle 50cm Campagnolo Vivtage 1970'S | eBay



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It looks like oddjob2 beat me to it, but the Motobecane Grand Jubilee Mixte is a fairly nice bike from Vitus tubing (or maybe other tubing depending on the model year).



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With our recent loss of my wife's Colnago sport, I was thinking of building up a step-through frame for her... If Colnago made a mixte frame I think I would have to remortgage my house to buy it.
Somebody found this bike a while ago.
https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vi...nago-lady.html

And, it still seems to be up on E-Bay.
Rare Colnago Lady Road Bike Frame Set 48 cm Vintage



It is a bit of a puzzle. I was initially harsh on it, but really don't know, as Colnago did make quite a few aluminium frames about a decade or two ago.

Unfortunately a few of the photo links are broken

If I remember, the rear dropout was stamped "Made in Italy" which is a clue. I can't see the fork crown from the remaining photo, but it may be Colnago.

It is hard to say, but you might be able to get the frame and keep the house.

Perhaps ask the seller to send you the photos from the broken links.
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Also, keep in mind, there are some new Mixte frames being made.

The Soma Buena Vista would be worth considering.

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BTW:
Here is a Motobecane Grand Touring on E-Bay.

VINTAGE MOTOBECANE MID-1980's LADIES GRAND TOURING BIKE



It also has Vitus tubing, but it is definitely a big step below the Grand Jubilee. However, it would still be worth considering.
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My wife has a Rivendell Cheviot, which we both like really well. The frame is $1,300 much more than a vintage bike, but it comes with about every braze-on you could possibly want.

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I recall someone offering up a Paramount Mixtec the last time I was looking. Someone else had a beautiful Claude Butler, too.
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