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nice alloy frames that ARE NOT a CAAD10/12, Emonda ALR, or Allez/Allez Sprint

Old 01-14-16, 09:20 PM
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https://8bar-bikes.com/shop/frameset...z-v1-frameset/

Opinions on this? It's not terribly expensive and the welds have been (probably ground) cleaned up very nicely. I know 8bar is known for their fixed gears, but without a U.S. presence there's not much but a bikerumor review.
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Look up LEADER on eBay. Bought one about 7 years ago. Sound perfect for what you want. Take the $1,000 you save and do a good groupo.
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Kinesis Aithein or Bowman Palace. The Raleigh Criterium is a good option too.
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The chap I just got my CAAD10 from said that he has squeezed in a 28 mich, but not a 28 conti. I guess the 12 is better for this. Was there a reason why you are avoiding the ones you mentioned? No judgment. Not having the same bike as everyone else is perfectly valid.
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I'm pleased with my Bowman. Wrote a review here.
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Originally Posted by CafeVelo View Post
https://8bar-bikes.com/shop/frameset...z-v1-frameset/

Opinions on this? It's not terribly expensive and the welds have been (probably ground) cleaned up very nicely. I know 8bar is known for their fixed gears, but without a U.S. presence there's not much but a bikerumor review.
I have never heard of them but I like that they still have threaded BSA bottom bracket shell While I am happy to have gotten a new CAAD10 as a warranty replacement for my broken CAAD7, it means going from a BSA frame to a BB30. With all the stories of BB30 creaks, I would have loved a BSA option.
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Originally Posted by CafeVelo View Post
Does spooky still do a road race bike?
Now that you mention it, I vaguely recall hearing that perhaps they're out of the biz...or maybe I'm conflating them with another builder? I do know that a friend of mine got a new Spooky road race bike as recently as 2013 or '14.
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Originally Posted by momo15 View Post
The chap I just got my CAAD10 from said that he has squeezed in a 28 mich, but not a 28 conti. I guess the 12 is better for this. Was there a reason why you are avoiding the ones you mentioned? No judgment. Not having the same bike as everyone else is perfectly valid.
Part of it is wanting something different. 98% of my group ride is composed of the same damn bike. I also wanted suggestions other than the one I knew about. I figured if I just asked for an alloy road bike worth a damn I'd get the caad crowd and a smattering of emonda alr and allez fans. Those are undoubtedly great bikes, but I want to know what else is out there.
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Originally Posted by DOS View Post
I have never heard of them but I like that they still have threaded BSA bottom bracket shell While I am happy to have gotten a new CAAD10 as a warranty replacement for my broken CAAD7, it means going from a BSA frame to a BB30. With all the stories of BB30 creaks, I would have loved a BSA option.
I set up a cart with a frame to see what it would cost me to get one to the U.S. Since they have no dealers here. I didn't buy one and canceled the cart since I was just checking the cost, but someone from 8bar sent me an email to make sure I didn't have trouble checking out or something. I ended up asking him for sure if it takes a 28 and he said it would. They're really on the ball with communication over there, and that means a lot. I almost bought one again last night based on that alone.

They've also got a gravel/disc brake cx bike coming down the pipes soon. It was hinted on their website and I asked about it, they're going to do a crowd funding campaign for it soon and it should be out at the end of the year. Seems like a newish company with a strong background in single speed criterium racing ( they have a team for red hook and the like), who is starting to expand into other types of bikes. I'll be really interested to see what they do in the next couple years.
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Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
Now that you mention it, I vaguely recall hearing that perhaps they're out of the biz...or maybe I'm conflating them with another builder? I do know that a friend of mine got a new Spooky road race bike as recently as 2013 or '14.
their Facebook page has recent activity but they don't seem to have a website. I remember looking into them when I saw a spooky in the wild, and I recall finding a similar situation.
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Titanium for cheap Save Up to 60% Off Road Titanium framesets - Motobecane Le Champion Team Ti

Also, troll Ebay where high end aluminum frames from just a few years back sell incredibly cheap.
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The Raleigh Criterium is a good option too.
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Might want to give Foundry Cycles a look too.

Chilkoot Frameset | Foundry Cycles
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Might want to give Foundry Cycles a look too.

Chilkoot Frameset | Foundry Cycles
That frame is on my short list for sure.
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Jamis Icon would be at the top of my list. I haven't ridden it but have a Jamis Xenith which is the same geometry I believe.
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Not sure if he is still making bikes but I had a Tsunami and it was awesome. Full custom frames for under $1k.

Tsunami Bikes

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Not sure if he is still making bikes but I had a Tsunami and it was awesome. Full custom frames for under $1k.

Tsunami Bikes

Ah, good call! I've heard very nice things about Tsunamis.
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Stoemper!! I have no idea how nobody came up with them. It's pricey, but if I wanted something more special than a CAAD12, I'd get the darrell.
Check them out: Stoemper.com
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Originally Posted by CafeVelo View Post
Does spooky still do a road race bike? I know a guy who has an older one and I really dig it.
Mickey doesn't do any more Spookys. Frank The Welder might have some NOS frame, and might weld you a similar one.
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If going the custom route, Rock Lobster is a wallet-friendly option (I see lot of them in the bay area. Great bikes).
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I guess you've seen my post on the other current aluminium thread but I thought I'd post this here too since this thread is more appropriate.
I just ordered this 2015 Vitus Zenium frameset and I'm pretty excited.

Weight is the same as Caad10, Bowman etc.(1100-1200g) but with a proper english 68mm threaded bb and a 450g all-carbon fork.

If you want one, you better be quick! In 2016 they ruined the Zenium by putting disc brake mounts on it!
Cheap as hell and looks nice, too.

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/f.../rp-prod125555
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man... there are some nice frames on this thread. Even though I was looking for something a little off the beaten path, a CAAD10 frameset showed up practically at my door at a price I couldn't pass up. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions, Im glad to know these builders exist for my future builds.
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The Fuji Roubaix is a good alloy bike, though I don't know if 28mm tires will fit (comes with 25mm stock, so perhaps they will fit).


Fuji Bikes | ROAD | COMPETITON SERIES | ROUBAIX 1.1
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