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Won a frame on eBay- now what?

Old 10-21-08, 02:42 PM
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Won a frame on eBay- now what?

Hey all! I just won a beautiful frame on eBay. I'm not sure if I overpaid, underpaid or paid exactly what I should have, but I don't really care because I think it's the most beautiful bike I've ever seen:




It's an Erickson made "around 1990" with Columbus SL tubing.

Now I have to decide what to put on it. What I'd like to do is put a more modern 9 or 10 speed setup (probably campy) on it. However, it has a 126mm rear spacing and more modern cassettes require a 130mm. Would it be bad to stretch the frame an extra 4mm to install newer components? Should I just be classy and search around for an old campy 7 speed setup? What would you do? I really can't wait to get out and ride this thing!
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stretching the rear dropouts a few mm shouldn't be an issue. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html

looks like a nice frame! i'd put downtube shifters on it, personally.
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the 4 mm difference means you're stretching each dropout 2 mm. get any frame you own and try to pull the dropouts 2 mm. even carbon frames can stretch that much. it'll definitely fit a standard 130 wheel.

it's pretty. i'd put some classy wheels on it and new 10spd campy. nice bike.
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Originally Posted by mattm
i'd put downtube shifters on it, personally.
I JUST converted my old Benotto to 10 speed Shimano and had planned on staying with the downtube shifters as well. I found out pretty quick that while it worked great for cruising around, the minute I stood on the pedals hard the frame would flex enough to make the front deraileur ghost shift no matter how far out I adjusted it. I swapped out the DT shifters for a set of Ultegra brifters and no more issues. The shifter holds the cable a lot more securely and prevents any rubbing or false shifts. Click on the white bike in my signature for a pic of the set up.
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Originally Posted by mattm
stretching the rear dropouts a few mm shouldn't be an issue. https://www.sheldonbrown.com/frame-spacing.html

looks like a nice frame! i'd put downtube shifters on it, personally.
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This is my budget rider. I have an 8 speed in the back, and 105 F/R derailleurs. Rides like a champ, wish I had a larger frame though :-) , this gives me one hell of a drop, but it's a very comfortable ride.
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I love your c-record headset. Campy all the way. If you don't wanna stretch the frame, just use a 7-speed freewheel with 8-speed ergo shifters, or just with 7-speed downtube shifters.

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Very cool. Personally, I'd put a Campy 10-speed group on it. If you can find 2006 Centaur alloy levers, it would be a classic look with modern convenience.
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Originally Posted by Servo888
X2!



This is my budget rider. I have an 8 speed in the back, and 105 F/R derailleurs. Rides like a champ, wish I had a larger frame though :-) , this gives me one hell of a drop, but it's a very comfortable ride.
Ummm, is it me or is your front skewer on backwards?

Anyway, I vote for either old 7 speed components with downtubes or modern Campy Ergo. Even the modern Campy has a classic look.
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just be sure to put some frame protector stickers on the head tube, since you are likely to get cable rub there.

looks like a great SL frameset.
SL is a bit flimsy so DT shifters with 9 or 10 speed might be finicky out of the saddle.
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Nice frameset, but if you had to pay anything for it, you didn't really win it.
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Originally Posted by filtersweep
Nice frameset, but if you had to pay anything for it, you didn't really win it.
The Ebay folks are marketing geniuses, getting people to pay for stuff they think they won!

As far as the bike goes, those are some of the coolest lugs I've ever seen. Beautiful.
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Originally Posted by RacerOne
The Ebay folks are marketing geniuses, getting people to pay for stuff they think they won!

As far as the bike goes, those are some of the coolest lugs I've ever seen. Beautiful.
"Winning" an auction is standard terminology. the eBay folks didn't invent the phrase.

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Originally Posted by AnthonyG
"Winning" an auction is standard terminology. the eBay folks didn't invent the phrase.

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OK then, the auction folks in general..
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Old 10-21-08, 06:13 PM
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Win = I paid more than anyone else would

It's a nice color, be sure to post pictures of the build when you're done.
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Fixed gear, no brakes, chopped riser bars, aerospoke wheels, a plaid pad for that top tube, tear up the paint so it wont get stolen, cover it in stickers, wear girl jeans, drink PBR and go run into a car. Don't forget to tell your crew all about it.
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personally, i think you underpaid slightly. With what some kooks are paying for steel frames with pretty lugs <$400 is a steal.
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yay! i bought a frame off ebay too. arrived last night. Now the elation is gone and i dont have most of my parts so its just sitting there.
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Originally Posted by urbanknight
Ummm, is it me or is your front skewer on backwards?
I'm a lefty, I put my skewers on the other side.
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Now spend lost more cash to set it up the way you like it. Don't even think about going cheap, 'cause it'll just end up cost more.
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Just in case you decide to go with STI shifters, I just saw that Nashbar has a sale right now on shimano components. Ultegra STI shifters are $150. 105's are normally a great deal at that price.
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I think a shimano compact crank would look great on that bike. PM me if you're interested in one

That frame looks really cool. I think it needs a campy drivetrain with shimano cranks. I love the the outboard bb shimano cranks look.
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Originally Posted by dmb2786
Fixed gear, no brakes, chopped riser bars, aerospoke wheels, a plaid pad for that top tube, tear up the paint so it wont get stolen, cover it in stickers, wear girl jeans, drink PBR and go run into a car. Don't forget to tell your crew all about it.
Hahahaha - I was thinking the same thing, make it into a fixxie and become a punk! Who knows, you might even ride with Lance some day.
https://mashsf.com/videos.php (see the Austin vid which was previously posted on BF as Lance riding with fixed gear hooligans)

Nice win on the frame!
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Originally Posted by dmb2786
Fixed gear, no brakes, chopped riser bars, aerospoke wheels, a plaid pad for that top tube, tear up the paint so it wont get stolen, cover it in stickers, wear girl jeans, drink PBR and go run into a car. Don't forget to tell your crew all about it.
See the Cannondale Capo in my signature, I already have most of that covered ;-)
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I'm not normally one to ooh and ahh over random frames, but that's gorgeous.
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Originally Posted by Gambutrol
See the Cannondale Capo in my signature, I already have most of that covered ;-)
Nice bike - ever since seeing the videos on https://mashsf.com/videos.php I've become obessed with building up a fixed gear bike this winter. I already have the frame - now I need to go shopping for everything else.
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