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Old 10-09-12, 08:51 AM
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ISO all-rounder sscx

Trying to decide on a commuter/gravel grinder/ possible cx racer "all-rounder" singlespeed frameset. I know the standard choice is the crosscheck. I am also looking at the All-City Nature Boy, On-One Pompino, and Soma Double-Cross. I'd like the option of running wider tires with fenders. I also have a spare wheelset I am think of lacing with a SA, 3 speed fixed hub for longer gravel grinder rides.

I'd appreciate any thoughts or suggestions. Can't go much over $550 on frameset.
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Fantom Cross Uno? Buy the bike, sell the parts and keep the frame if you want.
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Check out the Kaffenback from planet X. It can do SS/geared and both disk /canti's. Perfect for those who can't make up their minds, like myself. Oh yeah, it's cheap too. Like $250 frame and fork cheap.

https://www.planet-x-usa.com/product-p/frpxkv2.htm
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The Pompino will fit 35s according to On-One. The Nature Boy will fit bigger. My teammate did (and placed very well in) some MTB races on his.

The Vassago Fisticuff might also be a good option if you can find one. 132.5 spacing. Disc or canti. Track ends and der hanger. It has a short head tube, so if you're not a fan of spacers or rising stems you may not dig it.
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Originally Posted by marqueemoon
The Pompino will fit 35s according to On-One. The Nature Boy will fit bigger. My teammate did (and placed very well in) some MTB races on his.

The Vassago Fisticuff might also be a good option if you can find one. 132.5 spacing. Disc or canti. Track ends and der hanger. It has a short head tube, so if you're not a fan of spacers or rising stems you may not dig it.
I plan on running cantis and dirt drops (Midges). So I don;t care about the disc brake option and need something with a taller headtube.
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You may want to scratch the Pompino off your list, depending on how tall you are. The small and medium frames have very short head tubes (92 and 104mm, respectively.
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Yeah.....despite the attractive price and color, looks like the pomp wont be able to do what i want.
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new stuff , retail a piece by piece purchase? and not over $500

Look for an old 5 speed touring frame, maybe with cantilevers ?

If not , the old mafac centerpulls work OK.

you at least may find your 120 dropout width that way..
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Originally Posted by fietsbob
new stuff , retail a piece by piece purchase? and not over $500

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No, budget is <$600 for frame. I already have all components and wheels.
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The Black Mountain Cycles "monster cross" frame is $595 + shipping. Slightly over your stated budget, but significantly taller head tubes than other options, and horizontal dropouts for singlespeed friendliness.

https://www.blackmtncycles.com/p/blac...es-frames.html

They seem like very well thought out frames, though the significant bump over a Cross Check price while understandable might be offputting.

The Singular Kite is more of a straight ahead race bike with short horizontal dropouts for singlespeed friendliness. Super hot frames in my opinion, and the tire/mud clearance looks fairly generous.



No idea if these guys have them in stock yet though. As far as I know they are the only US distributor https://theprairiepeddler.blogspot.com/
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