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Good starter frame for custom build

Old 07-06-14, 02:14 PM
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Good starter frame for custom build

Hey all. I've been riding around a conversion (Schwinn World Sport) for the last couple years, and while I'm halfway decent at skids/trackstands etc. I can't help but feel like having a frame with true track geometry might help me really get into freestyle riding. My original thought was to get a Bianchi Super Pista, but I live in NYC and everyone and their mom has one, which is a deterrent for me. So I've been looking at a couple other different frames and was just wondering what everyone thought of them.

The EAI Bare Knuckle seems to get great reviews everywhere I've looked, but is it a good frame for freestyle riding? The Cinelli Gazetta is also one I was looking at, but again, they don't look quite as aggressive as other track frames I've seen.

And what's the deal with Leaders? They're inexpensive and pretty, but from what I've read the geometry on them is ****ed. Can anyone offer feedback on this?

Any other recommendations would also be appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-06-14, 03:43 PM
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track bike does not equal freestyle bike.

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Old 07-06-14, 04:38 PM
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That sub seems pretty dead. I know there are people who use track bikes for freestyle riding and am looking for their opinions.
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Originally Posted by marcellomu View Post
That sub seems pretty dead. I know there are people who use track bikes for freestyle riding and am looking for their opinions.
So you want an actual track bike, not a FG freestyle bike?
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Do you want a broken frame? That's how you get a broken frame.
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Do you want a broken frame? That's how you get a broken frame.
+1

Might as well go big or go home then:

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Back when I was doing bike polo, one of the lads imported a freestyle frame. That thing was build like a battle tank and weighed just a lit bit more. Made a great trick bike and a fantastic polo bike, not real practical for road use.

But doesn't this all depend on what tricks you're getting into? Just get a strong steel frame and accept that you may have to replace it. If you spend enough time practicing to make it all worth it, replacing frames is probably something you'd do as a matter of course anyway.
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forget I used the word freestyle. I just want a track frame I can ride around the city with, and maybe do some creative skids and track stands.
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What's a creative skid?
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any steel track frame in your price range will be fine. steel is resilient so you can drop the bike doing sikk backwards rides and it'll be okay. but the aggressive geo of actual track bikes won't help you do sw8 fixay skidz. it'll probably make it harder. the snappy nature of track frames is unforgiving when you're trying to balance a super t1ght leg-over-the-bar-skid and have all your weight on the front end.
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Get a NJS frame. They are the best.
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Originally Posted by marcellomu View Post
forget I used the word freestyle. I just want a track frame I can ride around the city with, and maybe do some creative skids and track stands.
If you can afford the super pista, why not get it?
Lots of people have them because they're good bikes and aren't terribly overpriced.

The EAI you mentioned is a good option.
I also don't have a problem with Leader's geometry. My 721 has been really good to me for the last several months of 100-200 miles per week.
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