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Is there a market for Korean Keirin frames?

Old 01-07-08, 08:46 PM
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Is there a market for Korean Keirin frames?

There have been threads about this before and people expressed interest in buying frames but it sort of fell through and I gave up on it. I recently came across another source of frames and am thinking about buying some and putting them on ebay or maybe selling them directly to people who want them. My question is, is it worth doing? I'm not looking to get rich but since these aren't Jpanese and are from unknown builders, what would prices end up being? They are quality frames for sure, built to the same standards as the Japanese Keirin frames but Korean culture in general isn't as well known in the U.S. What do people think about this?

NOTE: These are not the frames I would be selling. I'm just using these photos as an example of what's available.







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i dunno, but that cello frame looks sweet.
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i might be interested, i need a 59cm, shoot me a pm offlist and let me know if you find anything good
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Originally Posted by toddistic View Post
i might be interested, i need a 59cm, shoot me a pm offlist and let me know if you find anything good

I have seen one 59ish frame but it was in bad shape from a crash and needed some repairs. Most frames are 50-55cm. If I see something and I decide to do this I'll let you know though.
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Regardless of being made in japan or not, a decent lugged steel frame will fetch a decent price on ebay. I would imagine not everyone can afford the ultra-inflated prices on Keirin frames as of lately, so something comparable at a cheaper price would do well, imho. I say go for it!
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http://keirinculture.com/ was selling them for around 500-600 bucks i think.
I think they seem cool.
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I'd buy one if it beat Ebay/online bike shop prices--in the $400 range.
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got any 55cm t-t?
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Does it bother anybody that these aren't well know builders? Would you pay more if they were mid-level Japanese Keirin frames?
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Originally Posted by bonelesschicken View Post
Does it bother anybody that these aren't well know builders? Would you pay more if they were mid-level Japanese Keirin frames?
no.
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Originally Posted by deathhare View Post
http://keirinculture.com/ was selling them for around 500-600 bucks i think.
I think they seem cool.

Thanks for the link. I didn't know that tthe Cello builder was apprenticed to Yoshi Konno.
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Old 01-07-08, 09:15 PM
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For those who have expressed interest, I don't have any frames right now. I just know of a place to get them. 55cm is def. possible.
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I have no idea if keirinculture sold many or sold them quickly.
The japanese frames they sell tend to be a bit overpriced though IMO.

If I were you id buy one or two, toss it on ebay and see what happens. Start the bidding at what you paid and let it go. If you make 50 bucks you didnt lose anything and learned a little bit. If you make some good money then youll know there's potential.
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i would say high 300s to 450
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55tt 58st plz. PM ME
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Just because they are "unknown" builders doesn't mean you couldn't try to find information and history about them.

You will be able to at least justify your prices then and also attract more buyers if you can provide some backstory.
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I would be down.

Just curious, you see a lot of NJS frames that have the standard Sugino 75 BB and Hatta headset. What do Korean frames come with, component-wise.
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Obviously you won't get the same prices associated with the Japanese Keirin frames because having a better brand name allows you to charge way more. I would suggest selling a few for cheap to "get the word out," and once you have established a few good reviews, probably from people here, you can start charging more. It works on a larger scale, though I'm not sure how it'll work in such a small situation.

Another option is to list one on Ebay for $350 starting bid with no reserve and see where it goes. Where ever it ends is an indication of current market value.
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I'm down depending on the price.
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I would certainly be interested in a 55-56cm size. PM if you have anything at some point. Thanks
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I would certainly be interested in a 55-56cm size. PM if you have anything at some point. Thanks
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wow, that interpro frame is sexy!
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Seems like there's a lot of interest here. Why not let us SSFG members get first dibs?
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how big do these run? i know a lot of keirin frames are smallish and a 57 is no guarantee.
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judging by the responses, i'd say you'd have huge demand if you could obtain frames around the 55-58 cm size range.
plus those are just the most common sizes in body types cycling-wise you're probably going to find.
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