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Gitane City Link == $100 Bianchi San Jose

Old 07-02-20, 08:46 AM
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Fyi, as of last week all the citilink frame sizes in black or creme were back in stock at the $100 price point on the bianchi website, I bought two58's and fedex shipping was an additional $89.
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Old 07-29-20, 01:31 PM
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Ooof that shipping is almost the price of the frame! Who wants to get in on this and split shipping lol

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Old 07-30-20, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
I'd seen that the Bianchi USA site was closing these framesets out for $100 and couldn't resist the urge. It seems these frames are rebadged San Joses, right down to the "Gitane" tubing sticker. Comes with a fairly nice loose-ball headset, but no cable hanger. I decided to go for a "French Fit" and purchased a 58cm for my 5'10" body.

I've only put a couple miles on it so far, I need to find a different bar setup. The 46 Cowchipper is too wide and a 42 traditional drop was too narrow. Currently wearing 42c Conti commuter tires (~1000g /pc), but looks to be room for a bit more. Total build weight is 22.5lbs, not horrible with the parts. I forgot to weigh the bare frame, but it didn't feel too bad. The fork felt every bit steel and is way stiffer than I had expected. I've been enjoying riding vintage conversions with really active forks, this one feels like a modern disc front-end. Very little movement.


great post I was eyeing that bike frame last week never pulled trigger.
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Old 08-02-20, 10:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
Yep, running a 42mm track chainline results in a maximum gear of 39t. I'm kinda tempted to dimple the stay to run a 42.


I was playing around with doing some cheap hydrodipping on some stems and seatposts.
I just ordered a 58cm in black this past week! Fedex is delivering it on Tuesday. The 39t limitation is a bummer. I was planning on running 48t (just because I can't seem to find a different ss crankset that's 175mm).
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Old 08-02-20, 11:42 PM
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oh man, I was just thinking it would be fun to build up a new sscx

I wonder if I could sneak it in the garage without my wife noticing.
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oh man, I was just thinking it would be fun to build up a new sscx

I wonder if I could sneak it in the garage without my wife noticing.
If you are looking for a new SSCX, drop me a line. I'm selling my Sycip as I'm not racing anymore.
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Old 08-05-20, 04:22 PM
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No longer a single



My City Link is no longer a single. Chain tensioner with a derailleur hanger, XTR short cage with reversed B-tension screw, 11-40 8spd cassette, barcon, and full length housing. I might upgrade to 10spd eventually.
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I would have kept it as SS......
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Too much hip pain right now, gotta pedal easy for a while. I set up the shifter outside the bar tape so I can quickly remove it when I'm ready.
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Originally Posted by NYMarc View Post
I just ordered a 58cm in black this past week! Fedex is delivering it on Tuesday. The 39t limitation is a bummer. I was planning on running 48t (just because I can't seem to find a different ss crankset that's 175mm).
Just got mine (I tried to post a photo, but I lack the permissions). Given the chainstay limitation, anyone know of a 39t single speed crankset that comes in 175mm? As far as I can tell, the only 175mm SS crankset that QBP sells is the Sugino RD2 that only comes in 48t (QBP# CR1019 - "Sugino RD2 Crankset - 175mm, Single Speed, 48t, 130 BCD, Square Taper JIS Spindle Interface, Silver"). (Also this has an in-stock eta of October. I was hoping to be riding by early September, but I don't really mind waiting....)

Any sourcing help?
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Originally Posted by phobus View Post
Nice! I was keeping an eye on these before I picked up my Nature Boy. I don't love the color/graphics on these but the frame seems like a really good deal.
Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
Yep, running a 42mm track chainline results in a maximum gear of 39t. I'm kinda tempted to dimple the stay to run a 42.


I was playing around with doing some cheap hydrodipping on some stems and seatposts.
I have a San Jose and had to replace the crank, luckily, I measured the chain line first. 47.5mm, so really works best with 110 BCD cranks. Old good MTN cranks (think old XT, or a crank that needs spacers for the third ring, or I'm handy with a bench grinder to remove the granny ring mounting humps) with a 110mm BB spindle gets you a good chain line for even a 48t chainring. Or 2mm of spacers behind the freewheel and a road double 130mm BCD will get you up to around a 50mm chain line with the same 110 spindle, and then you can mount a 42t chainring, possibly larger. The difference is really the profile of the cranks. The issue with the frame is that it's made for a single speed set-up with a 68mm BB shell and 130mm rear axle spacing, instead of something more like a track frame with 120mm rear axle spacing. The deal is that you get a bigger range of tire.
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Old 05-21-21, 04:54 PM
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