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Old 09-13-08, 06:53 PM
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Goold old steel frame?

I see all these steel frames going for dirt cheap on ebay and craigslist. I know my Felt f70 is too small for me, so Ive been thinking about grabbing a good cheap steel frame and swapping all the gear on the felt over to that. I dont know anything about steel frames so what should I be looking for as far a a quality used steel frame? Or anybody out ther need a size 54 frame and wanna trade me?
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Old 09-13-08, 06:55 PM
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eh, why not get a Felt that's the right size?

then ebay your old one.

you won't come out even but it won't cost you so much if you do it right.
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tubing quality + maker

columbus SL/SLX, tange prestige. + italian makers.
for example.
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Have a look at the Smart Cycles Badass Italian Rig Chart.
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I dont want another felt, this one has pretty much turned me off to the way they ride. Even when I was lighter Its a damned flexy little bike too.
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You're rolling the dice with an old steel frame. You just won't know how flexy it may be until you've built it up. I have an old steel frame bike that I've recently upgraded with wheels, brakes, saddle, pedals and a few other little bits. I thought I would love to ride it as a change of pace, but I'm unimpressed by the ride of it compared to my carbon bike. It just doesn't climb well. On my usual ride in Prospect Park is the small hill that I know I can power up on my cf bike, but on the steel I just feel like lead.

I would just look to buy another modern bike, either new or slightly used, and sell the one you have.
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Trek. The collector value isn't as high as the vintage Italian stuff, but they are made just as well.
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Trek. The collector value isn't as high as the vintage Italian stuff, but they are made just as well.
True this, there are some very nice early steel Treks with invest.cast lugs.
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True this, there are some very nice early steel Treks with invest.cast lugs.
I own two of them.
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Schwinn Paramount. OS tubing from about 1991-1994 would probably suit you best. Probably more expensive than the Felt, though.
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Check out GVH bikes. Lots of NOS steel complete bikes on sale right now. Also Smart Cycles (see right margin here on BF) has a great sale now on steel frames.
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quality lightweight steel should just about 4 pounds for a frame...and a good steel frame should not cost you an arm and a leg. a friend has this frame and he built it up to 16.5 pounds.
http://store.somafab.com/somasmoothiees.html
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does it have to be goold or is silver ok?
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A light steel frame bike is truly something to treasure. Like my Masi 1982.
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What part of Tejas are you loacted in?
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Originally Posted by Dead Roman View Post
what should I be looking for as far a a quality used steel frame?
if you are concerned about performance then pick a brand with some racing pedigree;
Pinarello
Bianchi
Cinelli
Ciocc
etc....
look for columbus or reynolds tubing.

they won't match the stiffness of carbon of course but will be on higher side of stiffness and tight racing geometry.

for your new components you will need to get downtube shifter adapters, may need to widen the rear stays, may need a stem adapter, your seatpost may be oversized and the bottom bracket needs to be italian thread for the above brands.

these won't be "dirt cheap" frames

or get a trek.
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Originally Posted by wideAMG View Post
or get a trek.
My TX-500 cost me $25 and my 620 cost $150. My FIL found another one at the junk yard for free which I sold on eBay for $100 ... to a Trek employee.
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Originally Posted by pista View Post
A light steel frame bike is truly something to treasure. Like my Masi 1982.
+ MANY! I've raced on every material, and I always come back to high end steel (my current build is Columbus stainless ) For MY needs, it works superb.

What's your budget? You could spend between 100, and 5K steel.
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I've thought about getting a Soma Smoothie ES just 'cause. They're nice bikes and the price is right, too.
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My 'budget' Reynolds 531 build. Just under $200 for the above (it's not my size; I'm a 56cm this is a 54cm, but very ridable). It currently has normal road pedals, new seat + post, levers and brakes.

It's a bit on the flexy side though. Best part though it's duable as hell. The spokes ate my rear dérailleur a couple weeks back on a very high climb. The dérailleur was toast, but the rest of my bike (including my spokes) were in almost perfect shape! I've also bunny hopped the bike a couple of times; I'm 221lbs, and I treat it like a mountain bike!

Currently I'm working on converting it to a threadless system from a quill one. And then convert to a 8 speed rear.
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Lemond made and still makes some pretty good steel frames. Their late 90s and early 00s frames are rock solid and you can get them at a reasonable price.
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Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
What part of Tejas are you loacted in?


Im in denton just outside of dallas.





Maybe a steel frame is not the way to go . I just need to swap all the components on my frame onto a frame that will fit me. Most Im 5'10 with a 34 inch inseam and the 54 just isnt cutting it. Im thinking a 56.
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Maybe a steel frame is not the way to go .
You will not regret a good steel frame. Period.
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Maybe a steel frame is not the way to go . I just need to swap all the components on my frame onto a frame that will fit me. Most Im 5'10 with a 34 inch inseam and the 54 just isnt cutting it. Im thinking a 56.[/QUOTE]

I think that you may want to try a 55-56
A later model Lemond 55 made from Reynolds 853 Pro may be worth considering as Lemond frames tend to have a longet top tube. A dealer was selling out his NOS Casati Columbus steel frames a few months back.
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