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Best frameset on the Cheap? (Vintage Trek?..Figu, something from the 80s, 90s?etc??)

Old 11-28-14, 09:25 PM
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Best frameset on the Cheap? (Vintage Trek?..Figu, something from the 80s, 90s?etc??)

Been wanting to throw a cyclocross bike together, based upon the foundation of a steel frame bike that can be made into a single speed cyclocross bike...
(drop outs that are NOT simply vertical!!??)

Was looking for ideas, suggestions, etc.
Looking to find something from the 80s, 90s?...I'd like to sticjk with 700 wheels,...but open to suggestions...
Thanks in advance!!...

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It's not easy to find a Cyclocross bike from the horizontal drop-out era. Look for old touring bikes and mountain bikes. See: https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/98...ere-start.html
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Diamond back allure / overdrive. 50mm is the min clearance on back front is more I can measure but guessing close to 3 inches? I have my old one from when I was way younger. I want to put 29 rims and tires on it just need to find a set. Cromoly frame Nd fork. Pretty light about the same as my trippers frame.
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Horizontal or semi-horizontal drop-outs will severely limit your options. The "sweet spot" for dirt cheap CX capable frames is 80s - 90s hybrids, but those are all going to have vertical drop-outs. Is there a reason you don't want to run a SS chain tensioner?
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I have found Schwinn Crosscuts to be on the cheap side. If you can find them, Fuji Saratogas are good solid bikes. I picked mine up complete for less than what a set of good sti shifters will go for these days
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