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Want to strip down my Specialized Tarmac w/Mavic ES wheels and build a steel

Old 06-15-14, 09:01 AM
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Want to strip down my Specialized Tarmac w/Mavic ES wheels and build a steel

reasonably fast and more comfortable commuter, any suggestions on a frame?

i looked at a Surly Cross Check which is nice, but I want something a bit nicer with some nicer build features.

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Originally Posted by MulliganAl View Post
reasonably fast and more comfortable commuter, any suggestions on a frame?

i looked at a Surly Cross Check which is nice, but I want something a bit nicer with some nicer build features.
I have a Cross-Check, and it's pretty much got everything going for it you could ever want.
What kind of build features are you looking for that are "nicer" ?
It's got rack mounts and fender mounts and the ability to fit almost any size tire except fatbike tires. Like any frame, you can strip it down and do whatever you want to it. I've already changed out the bars and stem. Some people don't like the bar-end shifters (i do) but you can easily swap those out and put on some brifters. What did you think wasn't nice enough about the frame? (I'm just curious)
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... but I want something a bit nicer with some nicer build features. ...
then hire something custom made for you rather than picking amongst various stuff coming from Taiwan..

Steel frames can be made in one-man shops.

UBI .. bikeschool.com/resources, has a long list of framebuilders to chat-up.

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Call them up & tell them what you want..

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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
then hire something custom made for you rather than picking amongst various stuff coming from Taiwan..
Tout terrain.

Hand made in Europe. Good value for less than €700 ($700) for a frame. They'll add braze-ons anywhere the OP wants for a reasonable charge (semi-custom).

I think Surly is OK, but people on BF treat it like it's the be all, end all of bikes. Most of my American friends who ride MTB don't find them impressive at all at their price point. I don't really know a lot about them, so I can't comment more specifically.

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But over here they filter thru Peter White cycles and are less custom , more as is. He nailed down North American territory.


Shipped out of NH & marks them up .. But customs import duty is paid, and being in a no sales tax state , won't charge for that.

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But over here they filter thru Peter White cycles and are less custom , more as is. He nailed down North American territory.


& marks them up ..
Not true.

There are 3 NA distributors now (including a hardware store) and most German bike shops will ship internationally (removing the 19-25% VAT).

Don't be so negative.

I just ordered some Japanese sunglasses and used a reshipping service and it was much cheaper than buying them in the EU (50% less).
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Yeah, what kind of features and characteristics are we talking about here?
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How much are you willing to spend?

A gunnar crosshairs would be pretty sweet and light.

Riv bikes gets their share of love and hate on this site. Still if you want a commuter with "nice build features," the Sam Hillborne would make a fine commuter and it has pretty lugs.

Personally I'd look around for a neat used bike from craigslist if looking for a commuter. Something really interesting is bound to show up sooner or later in Hot-Lanta.
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Sure they're not just a Retailer? do they sell wholesale to other dealers ?


The OPs bike is a road race style , anyhow .. TT does disc brakes so the wheels the guy wants to keep .. would be wrong .

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Sure they're not just a Retailer? do they sell wholesale to other dealers ?
Yes. One is inside of an ACE Hardware, in fact

If I ever return to the states and start a business, I'll import European bike equipment on the side (and give a discount to BF members!)

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edit: shoot! you seem to be right, I lost something in the German:English translation
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They aint the Ace National Warehouse .. shipping full trucks out of Idaho.. Either ..
I'm going for a drink .. cheers

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They aint the Ace National; Warehouse ..

Im going for a drink
Time for some pints! My work is done for the day
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In addition to what @bikemig has suggested -

All-City Mr Pink
Soma Smoothie
Soma Stanyan
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Originally Posted by puckett129 View Post
In addition to what @bikemig has suggested -

All-City Mr Pink
Soma Smoothie
Soma Stanyan
Thanks everyone for the help and thanks puckett129, I think that Soma Stanyan may fit the bill. I wanted something with some nice lug work and something I could turn into an old school bike with hammered fenders and mustache handlebars and I like the look of the Stanyan. Now I just need to see how much of my Specialized Tarmac can be used in this transformation and what can't will be hitting eBay or Craigslist.
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Originally Posted by MulliganAl View Post
Thanks everyone for the help and thanks puckett129, I think that Soma Stanyan may fit the bill. I wanted something with some nice lug work and something I could turn into an old school bike with hammered fenders and mustache handlebars and I like the look of the Stanyan. Now I just need to see how much of my Specialized Tarmac can be used in this transformation and what can't will be hitting eBay or Craigslist.
I lusted after one of those for awhile. I have still never seen one in person, but I do have their Smoothie which is very nice. The Stanyan uses long reach brakes so it has plenty of room to run bigger tires and fenders. You'll need to get a set of these to build it up, but most of the other stuff should work (save for the bottom bracket, perhaps).
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