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Frame options and opinions?jrogers
Sep 25, 2002 9:03 PM
I am thinking about getting a cyclocross bike. I currently have 2 mountian bikes and a road bike. Both mountain bikes are sitting here in my dorm room (I recently moved to Middlebury VT for school) and the road bike is at home. Due to the length of winter (and mud season...I mean spring) and my desire to get as dirty as possible, I think I should try CX. I am probably going to strip my road bike of its parts and use those. I am looking for frame suggestions and opinions. I am looking for a good value mostly, probably something steel too. I checked out Surly, Gunnar, Kelly, Soma and a few others. Most of the higher end builders (IF, Jericho and others) are simply too much. Anyone have ideas that I might not have considered or opinions on the frames I mentioned. Weight is a concern but I do not really need fender mounts or rack mounts or anything like that. If it helps, I am fairly normal sized person, about 5'9"-10" and, season depending, about 175 lbs. I will basically be using the bike for trails, roads, snow, riding to class and around campus but mostly just fast paced rides around the area in all sorts of weather.
re: Frame options and opinions?Ash
Sep 26, 2002 5:07 AM
If you can wait about 2 months, I'll give you my opinion and experience with a frame builder named Allan Wanta (

He's building me a cross frame/fork out of Columbus FOCO tubing. He quoted me $495 for frame/fork for Columbus Zona and a $100 upcharge for FOCO. Those prices are almost half of what the big name builders would charge.

I just placed the deposit yesterday. But he answered all my questions, provided references, and I have a good feeling about it.

You should also consider:
Marinoni ($470 for custom- exchange rate is so good that you get a gr8 deal on a zona frame)

Deeside cycles out of England will get you a custom Grahm Weigh Reynolds 853 frame for under $500 due to gr8 exchange rate

Tom Teesdale (quoted $775 for frame/fork out of Zona)


Strong (he has a signature series that is cheaper than his full customs, and if you don't have funky measurements you'd probably fit one of his frames)

If you aren't set on a custom builder there is also
Fuji - mostly Alum. frames
Spicer ($350/ frame)alum and steel i think, mostly AL

There is a Tsumani frame/fork at Chucks Bikes for $250 or so

Hope this helps.
re: Frame options and opinions?dlbcx
Sep 26, 2002 5:29 AM
If you are interested, I have a steel Dean Torreys frame that I'm willing to sell. It is a 52cm w/ 55.5cm TT and 43cm chainstays. The frame color is mango and the tubing is a mix of Reynolds 853 and Colombus Zona. I used for it for 1 year before I bought a Steelman. The cost for the frame and fork is $350.
I might be interested..Jakob
Sep 26, 2002 2:14 PM
do you have a photo?

let me know at . . .don't want to muck up the message board .

I might be interested..dlbcx
Sep 27, 2002 5:29 AM
I will get a photo of the frame. BTW, the fork is black.
re: Frame options and opinions?jrogers
Sep 26, 2002 10:15 PM
sounds like a good deal and I am interested but I think the top tube might be too long for me. I'm not sure though. I am about 5'9" and I ride a 54cm Cannondale road frame now (I think it has about a 1 cm shorter TT- I'm not sure if that's even much of a perceptible difference). What do y'all think?
re: Frame options and opinions?dlbcx
Sep 27, 2002 5:27 AM
Yeah, you are right. Go with a shorter TT. That's why I went with a Steelman, which a 55cm TT. On the tighter courses, a shorter TT will help.
That On-One (see below) looks very badass.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 26, 2002 7:49 AM
Their reputation is stellar in the single speed mtb world. They released a ti single speed last year, and constructin-wise this thing looks almost identical. Customer service always gets high marks from the folks on the mtbr single speed board. You might want to check there if you have further interest.

it sho does!!Pauli
Sep 27, 2002 1:14 PM
On-one's site says 799 (pounds), but the article says 699 or less for frame and fork. As Alex IE says, they get rave reviews from all the SS'ers.
re: Frame options and opinions?mackgoo
Sep 26, 2002 11:17 AM
You may be interested in this.