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47cm fixed gear frame.

Old 05-31-07, 12:54 AM
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47cm fixed gear frame.

I'm looking to build myself a fixed gear for the velodrome. I already have a schwinn caliente that i converted into a fixie.. but now i want something super light weight... maybe even carbon.

what are your ideas? it has to be 47cm, which rules out GT and KHS.
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Well if you're going to be riding on the velodrome it's important to get a bike that is configurated to do so. You'll need an actual "track" frame - most bicycle manufacturers offer high-end framesets, really the best thing you can do is shop around and see whats right for you.
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Old 05-31-07, 08:25 AM
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fuji makes frames that small. i think it's only offered in the SE model though?
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Grow.
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Originally Posted by EyeRobot
Well if you're going to be riding on the velodrome it's important to get a bike that is configurated to do so. You'll need an actual "track" frame - most bicycle manufacturers offer high-end framesets, really the best thing you can do is shop around and see whats right for you.
yes how it is configurated is very important. More important though is finding something in your size. Unless you are riding somewhere with really steep banking a bike that fits well and has reasonable geometry is going to be better then something steeper that doesn't fit.

Forget 47cm and figure out what tt length you need. Getting below 52cm with 700c wheels is hard so your best best is 650. Since you want something nice that probably means custom.

If you are new to track racing it's probably not worth getting something like that now. The fuji track se is probably your best bet and will serve you fine while you get started.
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I believe IRO makes (made?) a teeny frame.

edit: the op wants a real track bike, something deidcated for the velodrome. That probably rules out iro.
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Fetish Cycles makes a 47cm frame also
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Old 05-31-07, 11:50 AM
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i'm super short, too.. it's almost too big, but i ride a 49 cm soma rush and i love it. you can also go keirin.. some of those frames are teeny (i've got a 49 cm kiyo miyazawa that i will build up someday when i can afford to do it justice). as for stock bikes.. the langster comes pretty small i think.
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Old 05-31-07, 12:16 PM
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I randomly ran across this thing the other day...

http://www.spicercycles.com/index.cg...cat_desc=Track

47.5" Spicer prototype. Weird. Tiny. $300.
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Oh wait, you said "lightweight." Ha ha. Never mind!
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Jesus, that's heavy as ****.
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Wow, it's amazing that Spicer never went into production!
Psych!

Anyway, how tall are you? I am 5'4" and don't really have
much trouble finding small size track frames. I have a 48cm
Ridley Oval that's done me quite well, I would recommend it
to anyone.
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i'm 5'1
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i cant do that, i wish.
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i was planning on it!
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Originally Posted by Burd
I randomly ran across this thing the other day...

http://www.spicercycles.com/index.cg...cat_desc=Track

47.5" Spicer prototype. Weird. Tiny. $300.
wow. gross.
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Originally Posted by geefunk
i'm 5'1
i'm five feet.
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Originally Posted by dammitgravity
i'm five feet.
pfff.. Im 4'11"
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