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Old 04-23-08, 02:55 PM
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Good Frame Brand

Hi all,

Im looking for a good quality frame for a racing bike. Obviously something as light as possible would be prefered. What are your suggestions?

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Old 04-23-08, 03:02 PM
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How much are you prepared to spend?
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Old 04-23-08, 03:12 PM
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Upto around £250 i suppose for the frame.
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Old 04-23-08, 03:27 PM
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Im also looking at carbon forks, but what brand to go for?
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Motobecane, Mercier, Windsor, Dawes...
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Originally Posted by gr@sshopper View Post
Motobecane, Mercier, Windsor, Dawes...
In that price range, I'm inclined to agree.
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apparently some of have you have not made the connection between the OPs use of £ and his location, which renders the BD advice moot.

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250 for the frame... at that price, you're going to have to go used. If it covers the shipping (no idea what it costs to ship a bike overseas) it might be worth taking advantage of America's ruined dollar and checking out used american bikes. Craigslist and Ebay.
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£250 is like $500.00USD.

for that money I'd go with a used CAAD9.
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figure $500 US for his frame, but that includes import taxation etc.. so figure more like $350-400 US by the time you factor in how much more the poor folks in the UK pay for everything.

That's still fairly entry level for a "racing frame" though.
Look at good stuff like Cervelo, Kuota, Kestrel, Felt, De Rosa, etc.. and you're in the two-grand range, US easily.
then add another one to two grand for the grouppo, then add a grand or two for a wheelset and tires, then more for bars, stem, seat post and saddle, pedals.
If you really intend to "race" then you're getting into some money. just a casual observation.
The kuota kebel red I am looking at buying is about six grand complete. more once I add some tweaks like profile CGT bars, a computer, pedals, etc..
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The one that fits you a the right price from your LBS
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
£250 is like $500.00USD.

for that money I'd go with a used CAAD9.
You could get a new CAAD9 on ebay for $500 I think. Although shipping overseas may not be that cheap. Do people in Europe even ride Cannondales?
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Do people in Europe even ride Cannondales?
They've won Monuments and Grand Tours on them!
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
You could get a new CAAD9 on ebay for $500 I think. Although shipping overseas may not be that cheap. Do people in Europe even ride Cannondales?
they even have indoor plumbing in some parts.
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Cannondales are really expensive in the UK, where we get price gouged by multinationals.

I recommend you find a nice Kinesis frame. They are UK designed and have good forks.
https://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/

Alternatively, a lot of the bigger retailers have their own brand frames. You could look into Ribble, Dave Hinde, Merlin etc. Amazingly, you are not far off the entry level British made frames (eg Bob Jackson). Otherwise, hit ebay.co.uk and type in names from a list of Italian builders and wait.

If you want a complete bike, 2nd hand or Decathlon or Saracen.
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Originally Posted by AEO View Post
£250 is like $500.00USD.

for that money I'd go with a used CAAD9.
By exchange rate only, purchasing power is probably closer to $350. I say the OP should buy used.
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How about for a carbon frame for 850 or less?
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£250 for the frame
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Originally Posted by eb314 View Post
You could get a new CAAD9 on ebay for $500 I think. Although shipping overseas may not be that cheap. Do people in Europe even ride Cannondales?
Cannondale Europe's selection is way better than the Americans, at least from what they are offering on the websites.

I long for one of these as my daily use bike.
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apparently some of have you have not made the connection between the OPs use of £ and his location, which renders the BD advice moot.
Eh. I'll fess to trying to start something.
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If weight's the primary concern and cost.. Used 2003 Fuji Team SL all AL frame.

2.4lbs frame.. can be found as a frameset with fuji fork (replace if you wish) for ~$250 USD.

Can be built out to < 16lbs if you'd like.

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Originally Posted by paul_858 View Post
If weight's the primary concern and cost.. Used 2003 Fuji Team SL all AL frame.

2.4lbs frame.. can be found as a frameset with fuji fork (replace if you wish) for ~$250 USD.

Can be built out to < 16lbs if you'd like.

Thats a good buy - if it fits you!!
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Originally Posted by paul_858 View Post
If weight's the primary concern and cost.. Used 2003 Fuji Team SL all AL frame.

2.4lbs frame.. can be found as a frameset with fuji fork (replace if you wish) for ~$250 USD.

Can be built out to < 16lbs if you'd like.
And with the current exchange rate of 1 pound to the entirety of the US treasury, he could buy one for everybody on the board, and get a build kit inside his budget.
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haha... it builds up quite nicely too...

16.7lbs w/cages and computer... still rocking heavy bars/crank/cassette/chain

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