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Mission Bicycles Valencia Frameset

Old 02-18-10, 10:03 PM
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Mission Bicycles Valencia Frameset

A friend of mine has one and enjoys riding it. It's very lightweight, 4130 Cromoly, and seems to be a nice entry level frameset. Does anyone have experience with this frame? I'm considering getting one but would love to hear more opinions. Was unable to find anything posted about this bike previously.

Kind of looks like the american apparel of bikes, for better or worse.

https://www.missionbicycle.com/frame
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Old 02-18-10, 10:59 PM
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looks very generic and too expensive for what it is.
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Old 02-18-10, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by gospastic View Post
looks very generic and too expensive for what it is.
I'm getting that impression as well.
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Old 02-19-10, 12:31 AM
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i heard they're the same as iro. the iro site says that shop is one of their dealers.
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you would be correct about 2 years ago. Mission bicycle now has a local framebuilder customizing their frames.
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Old 02-19-10, 02:15 AM
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Originally Posted by brron View Post
you would be correct about 2 years ago. Mission bicycle now has a local framebuilder customizing their frames.
designed by a local builder, but they're all produced to spec in taiwan i think.

it was okay. I liked it a little more than say a kilo tt, but i think the soma rush was a nicer bike. hard to tell on the short test rides i was allowed for both of those bikes though (roommate was looking at a mission bike, we went there for test rides and the guy was reluctant to let us ride it fixed for whatever reason. there was also no foot retention so it was hard to get a realistic feel for it.)
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Old 02-19-10, 02:19 AM
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$425 for a powdercoated, TIG'd, made-in-taiwan, 4130 frame?

Pass.
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Old 02-19-10, 09:01 AM
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well, to be fair, they are doubled butted... so likely a bit lighter and stronger than your standard straight gauge 4130.
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Originally Posted by chi-james View Post
well, to be fair, they are doubled butted... so likely a bit lighter and stronger than your standard straight gauge 4130.
So how is it any better than this at about half the price? >>>> https://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-MERCIER-TRAC...item2eaa01fdcc
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It's not.
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the only reason why you'd get it over a mercier is the 27.2 seatpost and 1 1/8 headtube.
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And even that's a maybe.
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i think he said only the tt and dt are double butted.

it wasn't a very light frame by any means. build was similar to a friend's kilo, and the weight seemed about the same
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If the Valencia is overpriced, which unbranded frames that are nicer than the Mercier are /not/ overpriced?
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Originally Posted by brron View Post
you would be correct about 2 years ago. Mission bicycle now has a local framebuilder customizing their frames.
Who is he and what's he doing to them?
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Originally Posted by jim-bob View Post
Who is he and what's he doing to them?
Pretty sure its Eman. He has a background in jewelery design and has a rep for really extravagant lug designs. One of his bikes had something close to like 6 inch lug extensions. I guess its cool but just not my steeze.

As for the frames, i believe they had some deal with IRO where they would get raw frames and powdercoat them and create you a "custom" bike, essentially doing the work for you. I guess there are those of us out there that need to hold someones hand.

Its my understanding that the Valencia frame was designed my Eman, put into CAD and exported to Asia to be built.
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Old 03-31-10, 06:57 PM
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not as a support for the mission frame, but i'm not a fan of the kilo's geometry. tubing material isn't everything...
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