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Light steel frame for under $1300 (US)

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Old 07-16-04, 09:47 PM
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Light steel frame for under $1300 (US)

Any suggestions?

If I can't get anything really "fancy" for that price, I'll probably get a Fuji; not that there's anything wrong with that.

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Old 07-16-04, 10:46 PM
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Lemond Zurich if you can find the '03 it was all steel and a decent price. This year is steel/carbon frame.
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Check this out....

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...erpens1095.htm

Comes with an Reynolds 853 frame and full ultegra for under US$1200.
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Old 07-17-04, 02:34 AM
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I have a ritchey road logic and it is the best steel road bike I've riden! chech out www.ritcheylogic.com. the frame weighs in at 3.7 lbs, not bad considering almost all Litespeeds are 3.2 lbs. put a nice carbon fork on it and you're all set. I've seen ritchey frames come up on ebay every now and then. If I traveled, I would get their break-away!
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Old 07-18-04, 10:43 AM
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A Gunnar (made by Waterford) would be a great choice for well less than your $ figure.
Give it a look http://www.waterfordbikes.com/gunnar
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The Gunnar is definitely to be considered. Great frame from a top quality builder.

I took another route to the same question. I bought a 6 year old never used Lemond Maillot Jaune frame off Roadbikereview.com classifieds and built it up myself w/full ultegra. Total cost was under $1000 and it turned out comparable to anything in the $2k class.

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Full bike.. Jamis Quest. Frame? Gunnar/Rivendell
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Maybe an 04 Fuji R Pro. 04's are discounted right now. Just about an hour ago i was at the lbs and the had a 04 Lemond Zurich for $1799 and a Victoire Ti for $2499.
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Originally Posted by shokhead
Maybe an 04 Fuji R Pro. 04's are discounted right now. Just about an hour ago i was at the lbs and the had a 04 Lemond Zurich for $1799 and a Victoire Ti for $2499.
Where is this LBS? The MSRP on the '04 Victoire is $3900, and I've seen it as low as $3k, but $2500 is an absolute steal.

Are you sure it was the '04 with the carbon/Ti mix (spine design) or was it an '03 with it's full Titanium frame?

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Originally Posted by 55/Rad
Where is this LBS? The MSRP on the '04 Victoire is $3900, and I've seen it as low as $3k, but $2500 is an absolute steal.

Are you sure it was the '04 with the carbon/Ti mix (spine design) or was it an '03 with it's full Titanium frame?

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My bad ,it was the Classic,all ti for 2499.
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check out the serotta fierte.

it's the only serotta model which is pre-made to stock geometry, as opposed to custom made to measure, but they offer a ton of sizes and their geometry makes total sense. (also, i know so many people who have custom-made frames that look just like stock geo anyway - why get a custom frame if you come up with numbers like 58 58 73?!?)

serotta frames are absolutely top notch, their steel is just so, so awesome, and to be able to get one for $1120 is the bargain of the decade.

and as if they needed to make it better, it comes with a kestrel EMS carbon fork.
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Originally Posted by shokhead
My bad ,it was the Classic,all ti for 2499.
Sanity has returned to my household - I was gonna jump all over that deal....

O'course, the wifey wouldn't have been happy.

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