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Frame Identification issue

Old 08-17-06, 10:25 AM
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Frame Identification issue

Hey guys,

So I have a lady who wants to sell me an "older bridgestone frame" for the fixed gear Im starting to build. Ive heard that some of the bridgestone frames are pretty decent, but where on this frame do I look to find out exactely what model it is (XO, RB, CB...)? Do ive never bought just a frame before either, is there anything specific I should look for when checking this thing out? I plan on measuring the rear dropouts, top tube, etc... but is there anything else I should keep an eye out for.

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-Seth

ps...

She also has "and older trek frame", how do yall think trek and bridgestone match up as fixed frames?
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Old 08-17-06, 10:36 AM
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I'm too lazy to search this for you but the is an organization called the bridgestone owner's bunch or BOB for short...there was a bit of info online last time I checked but that was years ago...see what google brings you. As a last resort, Grant Peterson who heads Rivendell Bikes (they have a website) was a honcho for Bridgestone USA years ago...may be worth an e-mail after you've taken a look at the frame and recorded any info on it.
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of the bikes you should be looking at (the nicer bikes formerly sold in America designed by Grant P.) the initials at the begining and the number at the end. for the initials, they go as follows:
RB = road bike.
XO = 26" cyclocross/allaround bike
MB = mountain bike
For the numbers, 1 is high end and 4 is lowend. so the RB-1 was tops and the MB-4 was nice but cheap.

and this doesn't work for domestic Japan models or track frames or the low-end non-Grant frames (like the Kabuki or Submariner) - i'd stick to something with 2 initials and a number (preferably a 1).
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well, I contacted her... she says the trek is a "3 something" (whatever that means) and that the Bridgstone is a "tri somehting"... are there any bridgestone models that start with tri? I am just trying to research this before I go look at these things. Thanks for the help so far guys.

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