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Best sub-$600 frameset for racing?

Old 09-07-07, 12:03 PM
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Best sub-$600 frameset for racing?

What's the best bargain in racing framesets? I know you can get really good stuff for $5,000 -- but how about for $600 or less? In the neighborhood of 1.25 kg or less? English BB?
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Old 09-07-07, 12:16 PM
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doesn't get any better than this for $600 or less:
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What is it?
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead
doesn't get any better than this for $600 or less:
Damn, you beat me to it, I was gonna say the Blue RC5-AL!
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Got it. I wasn't familiar with the "Blue" brand.
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If you plan on crashing quite a bit...you might consider Leader Bikes




...crashing not because the frame might fail (it won't), but because if you do, the frame is only $200.
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Make your own carbon bike.
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SAC

but may be over in grams...
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Originally Posted by MONGO!
Caad 8
+1

Own one myself. Great frame!!!
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I personally really like the Trek 2500 frame I got off eBay for $75.....NOS, never built up from 1999. It has been built into a pretty formidable race machine.
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Originally Posted by ggg300
SAC

but may be over in grams...
interesting, the 53 cm is lighter then the 50 cm.......
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Originally Posted by Mo'Phat
If you plan on crashing quite a bit...you might consider Leader Bikes




...crashing not because the frame might fail (it won't), but because if you do, the frame is only $200.
i might be racing one of those next year...how do you like it?
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21
Make your own carbon bike.
Cue pic of disastrous eBay carbon bike.
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead
doesn't get any better than this for $600 or less:
Just curious, what does one of these run? I'm thinking about building my next bike, and that looks like a pretty goodframe for under $600 new (if that's actually the case).
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Wow. It says on the site- $600. I'm an idiot.
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Originally Posted by MONGO!
Caad 8
Can't seem to find any CAAD8 frames on ebay lately, just complete bikes.
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Originally Posted by elemental
Wow. It says on the site- $600. I'm an idiot.
you can get them for less. i paid $550.
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Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
I personally really like the Trek 2500 frame I got off eBay for $75.....NOS, never built up from 1999. It has been built into a pretty formidable race machine.
No wonder why it looks so clean. Your bike looked like it was freshly painted. Very good looking Trek.
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead
you can get them for less. i paid $550.
Another stupid question: Just frame or frame+fork?
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Originally Posted by cedricbosch
Cue pic of disastrous eBay carbon bike.
I remember posting that... No, but really:
https://www.bmeres.com/index.htm
https://www.damonrinard.com/carbon_fiber.htm


I'm going to give it a try in the near future, it looks fun! It's either going to be a mountain frame like the one in the first link, or a track bike with stuff like an integrated seatpost, aluminum seatstay's, boxed chainstays, oversized BB area/ HT area, aero HT and super-long track drops.
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Originally Posted by Crash716
i might be racing one of those next year...how do you like it?
I actually got the 796R Carbon frame for just under $600. So far, I really like the frame. Although I've never ridden any high-end superbikes...I'm sure I'd feel like I'd just humped a dead cat after riding a Scott CR-1 or a Cervelo R3.

But, with life's little expenses, I can't afford any of those.

If I raced, which I currently don't, I'd drop two bills on that all-aluminum Leader frame and bounce it around a crit course, worry-free.
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Originally Posted by elemental
Another stupid question: Just frame or frame+fork?
frame + fork. if you like to keep a light bike, you'll want to swap out the fork, but it's perfect for crits.
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Originally Posted by Mo'Phat
I actually got the 796R Carbon frame for just under $600. So far, I really like the frame. Although I've never ridden any high-end superbikes...I'm sure I'd feel like I'd just humped a dead cat after riding a Scott CR-1 or a Cervelo R3.

But, with life's little expenses, I can't afford any of those.

If I raced, which I currently don't, I'd drop two bills on that all-aluminum Leader frame and bounce it around a crit course, worry-free.
That's the plan....i am gonna go with the aluminum one...I'll be racing for the shop that carries them down here in SD.
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Originally Posted by Chucklehead
frame + fork. if you like to keep a light bike, you'll want to swap out the fork, but it's perfect for crits.
Damn . . .

That might be perfect for the build I'm thinking about (still a ways off though). It's either

That frame/fork + PBK DA/Rival/Centaur + Ritchey WCS + Neuvation wheelset

or

Tiagra Six13 + PBK DA/Rival/Centaur - sell all Tiagra parts on eBay

The price would probably come out around the same (before I sell the Tiagra stuff), but I have a feeling one would be a lot lighter and more efficient. . . .
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