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Trying to find a new steel bike

Old 07-04-14, 01:55 PM
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If I knew where I could get one of these I would buy. I had an '89 Koga-Miyata Full Pro that I've always regretted selling. Looks like they're reproducing the splined triple butted frame, a work of art.
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Old 07-04-14, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by 74dodger View Post
Prices & retailers in the US?
Friend sent this to me, they won't be cheap. I saw one article that said frame sets start at $4400.
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Old 07-04-14, 02:58 PM
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Frame only. I think a complete bike can be had for $3K or a bit more.
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Old 07-04-14, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
Yeah, my 54 cm 531 SL Romic with carbon fork and light group and cockpit weighs 16.75 lb sans pedals, cages, and computer. Ready to ride it is about 17.5. And that is for a bike with no modern frame design improvements. With oversize, thin-walled tubing and modern construction methods, dropping another 1-1.5 lb is easy.
I weighed my Guru w/ pedals, computer, cages, seat bag with "stuff", barend mirror and one of those blinky lights. It came to a bit over 19 lbs.
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Old 07-04-14, 04:53 PM
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I also recommend going used. I'm riding a Lemond 831 steel frame, and the ride is amazing. Find a used frame on EBay, get a groupset online and have the pleasure of building a bike to your specific desires and specifications. If you go the new route, that Bikedirect touring bike looks like a great deal
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Old 07-04-14, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by amazinmets73 View Post
I also recommend going used. I'm riding a Lemond 831 steel frame, and the ride is amazing. Find a used frame on EBay, get a groupset online and have the pleasure of building a bike to your specific desires and specifications. If you go the new route, that Bikedirect touring bike looks like a great deal
I bought my Guru used from a club member. It had been ridden twice. It was fitted with SRAM Rival and Mavic Ksyrium Elites. I paid $1200. I then added SRAM Red Crank set and front derailleur.
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Old 07-05-14, 12:22 AM
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Surly Cross Check is an excellent choice. I have one and it's got all the mounts you could ever want. It's a great all around and everyday bike as well. plus highly customizable. It's fairly priced at about $1250.
The Surly Pacer doesn't have the rack mounts, no, and it's also more expensive than the Cross Check due to its components.

the All City Mr. pink is nice, but the Space Horse is the one you want. It has all the mounts, the Mr. Pink doesn't.

Also check out the Salsa Vaya (pricey at $1800), Bianchi Volpe, and the Specialized Tricross (aluminum, but has what you want).
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Originally Posted by rwpshaw View Post
I've been looking, with little success, to find a new steel bike. I have an old '85 Schwinn Le Tour Luxe. I've had other older (vintage) bikes. I want a steel bike for general road riding. I ride 2 -3 times a week, 30 to 75 mile day rides, supported tours like BRAG and BRAT, and weekend self supported excursions. I want good/better components that are easily replaceable and things like braze-ons for a rear rack. I don't want a bike for a self-supported tour (ie, Long Haul Trucker, 520 - not now, anyway) - a bit less, lighter, and more of a daily road bike. Without spending a fortune on a custom built bike, what's available?
This may fit your needs ... have you considered a touring frame?

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Old 07-05-14, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by sloar View Post
I like steel frames also. This is a 1985 columbus SLX frameset, with all modern campy components. I have the great ride of steel with the comforts of modern 10 speed.
Nice steel frames with the add ons can easily be found on ebay, then build it up with your choice of components. Ribblecycle has great prices on groups.I bought this complete campy group for $400, wheels off another forum and so on. Ended up building this for a pretty low price, and its exactly what I've been wanting.



do you have troubles mounting the modern brake bolt and spreading the rear dropout spacing? its what's holding me from buying classic framesets, and I've seen many frames with bargain prices around my area that is waiting to be adopted
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Old 07-05-14, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by mercator View Post
Check out the soma stanyan. GVH has a nice looking 56cm frame in stock..
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Best lightweight, modern, steel frame for the money.
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Old 07-06-14, 12:01 AM
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I have two Co-motions. One tandem and one single. Both are awesome bikes They can be spendy but are very well made in USA bikes. Check out there web site Co-Motion Cycles
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Old 07-06-14, 12:14 AM
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You can get like new for very cheap.

$300 on CL:

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Old 07-06-14, 03:52 AM
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Gunnar is pretty Great Pricing wise
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Old 07-06-14, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by mercator View Post
Check out the soma stanyan. GVH has a nice looking 56cm frame in stock..
That is a beautiful frame. Love it. You're going to get me into trouble with the wife....
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Check out the soma stanyan. GVH has a nice looking 56cm frame in stock..
That is quite elegant.
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Old 07-06-14, 12:29 PM
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do you have troubles mounting the modern brake bolt and spreading the rear dropout spacing? its what's holding me from buying classic framesets, and I've seen many frames with bargain prices around my area that is waiting to be adopted
If you have the classic repainted by a frame builder or a friend of one, you can get the rear triangle spread at that time, professionally and for little money. The brake bolt thing is only an issue in the front, and the fork can usually be drilled or reamed to accept the modern sleeve nut. When I redo a classic frame, I prefer to change out the fork to a new carbon one, so I have no problem with the brakes.
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Jamis makes quite a few great steel bikes. I love my Aurora.
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Old 07-06-14, 06:45 PM
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If you have the classic repainted by a frame builder or a friend of one, you can get the rear triangle spread at that time, professionally and for little money. The brake bolt thing is only an issue in the front, and the fork can usually be drilled or reamed to accept the modern sleeve nut. When I redo a classic frame, I prefer to change out the fork to a new carbon one, so I have no problem with the brakes.
Thanks for the answer, good to know that it's only the front one that needs drilling, unfortunately there is no framebuilder in my area so I might need to go the "Sheldon Brown" way
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Thanks for the answer, good to know that it's only the front one that needs drilling, unfortunately there is no framebuilder in my area so I might need to go the "Sheldon Brown" way
For repainting and frame work it is not uncommon to ship the frame to a vendor in another part of the country.
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Old 07-07-14, 08:29 AM
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OP, what size are you and what is your budget?

I might be able to get you a deal on a new, size 56 Ciocc San Cristobal: San Cristobal | Ciocc

PM me if you want to know more.
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Thanks for the answer, good to know that it's only the front one that needs drilling, unfortunately there is no framebuilder in my area so I might need to go the "Sheldon Brown" way
Sheldon's front option #2 ("Drill out the back of the fork crown and use an extra-long recessed nut.") has worked great for me on two different forks. Takes about five minutes once you have the 5/16" bit and proper nut/bolt in hand.
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If a 55cm would work, it might be worth seeing if this guy would ship:

Gunnar Road Bike 55cm(Med)
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I had an '84 LeTour Luxe until recently. Nice bike, just on the heavy side. If you like the frame, you could contemporize it with a modern gruppo, wheels, and a carbon fork.

I'm waiting on a Breezer Venturi, but it's probably racier than what you're looking for.
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For right around a grand a Milwaukee road frame (Waterford built in OX Platinum) and a Columbus Hiver fork - (full carbon, 450 grams, and just under $250 shipped from most euro sellers) is a pretty tough combo to beat. Takes mid reach brakes so you can do bigger tires + fenders if you want. Rack mounts are one of the available options on the frame.

There are a few sleeper frames out there too. I bought my Charge Juicer as a frameset barely used for silly cheap. Tange Prestige frame and fork. Fits 28s and fenders, though pretty closely.

Racks like the Tubus Fly will fit most road frames, or just get a Revelate, Jandd, etc... frame bag if all you plan to carry is some food and a jacket, etc....

For a full on road frame, the Ritchey Road Logic or Gunnar Roadie would be on my short list. The Fairdale Goodship looks like it will be pretty sweet too. I like a lot about the Wraith Fabrication Hustle too, but not fitting a tire bigger than 25 is a dealbreaker for me.
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