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Old 05-23-11, 10:03 PM
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...And there's your answer.
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Old 05-23-11, 10:09 PM
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I know, I really should have taken that as a sign.
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Originally Posted by shopgirl View Post
Another funny thing about all this: when I was first talking to the rep back when I ordered it, he was telling me about the mixte he had just built for his wife, and he sent me a couple photos as inspiration for my project. What frame did he use? A vintage Univega...huh.
I've got a Univega frameset in the basement. You could have it for the cost of shipping. Or I could go score this for you...



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Old 05-24-11, 07:32 PM
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Maybe I'm biased, but I think vintage frames almost always look better than new ones. Especially mixte frames. At this point I honestly believe that if one wants a steel frame, the only reason to buy a new one is for a threadless headset (which are mechanically, but not aesthetically, far superior).
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Originally Posted by relyt View Post
Maybe I'm biased, but I think vintage frames almost always look better than new ones. Especially mixte frames. At this point I honestly believe that if one wants a steel frame, the only reason to buy a new one is for a threadless headset (which are mechanically, but not aesthetically, far superior).
I still think it's a toss-up. A smart shopper who knows what to look for in a bike can usually get more bang for the buck buying vintage vs. new. But with how crazy the vintage bike market is these days, that's not always the case anymore. I bought a Peugeot UO18 mixte four or five years ago, complete, for $60 off craigslist; these days I never see deals like that. Most vintage mixtes seem to go for at least $150-$300 now, which isn't too outrageous except when it's still got the original, often really low-end parts on it. It's easy to spend another $150-300 updating an older mixte, especially if the rider is paying a shop to do the work or getting it painted, so by then you've hit the price point of a new mixte anyway. The Origin8 Mixer aside, I still think a lot of the new ones look as good as the more common vintage ones- though none that I've seen could hold a candle to that Bob Jackson mixte from another thread.
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