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Single Speed 'Cross Frame?(11 posts)

Single Speed 'Cross Frame?jayb29
Oct 10, 2002 8:08 AM
I'm thinking about building up a single speed bike, and thought using a cross frame rather than a traditional road frame might be good for the extra stability and tire clearance (so I can run wide tires for early and late season training, and ride on dirt roads). Is this crazy?

Also, who makes a single speed cross frame (with horizontal drop outs)? I'd prefer a steel bike, as I am considering having S&S couplings put on it so I can travel with it w/o paying the exorbitant airline fees.

I have one.Eager Beagle
Oct 10, 2002 8:44 AM
And I use it for what you are talking about, and for winter commuting. Mine is an oldish (late 70s/eary 80s) Gazelle CX, which is pretty much roadbike geo with brake bosses, and a little more fork/stay clearance.

Works great - I run 28s for the commute, with mtb fenders on, and 46-16 gearing, which works well as an all-rounder for me, though I would go lower if I was doing more serious off-road. The cantis (Mafacs in my case) are nice to have in wet weather.

Not too well up on who makes them stateside, but the S&S is a great idea - I wish I had some. However - how does that save you airline fees - are they not based on weight, rather than package size?
Airline feesjayb29
Oct 10, 2002 8:52 AM
Airline fees are based on both - but the one that causes bikers pain is the size restriction. My ti road bike with its case is only about 40lbs, and it cost me about $75 each way last time I flew with it. A smaller, and heavier, suitcase, had no additional charge!

A bike with S&S is small enough to avoid the large item charge.

Worth knowing - thanks. nmEager Beagle
Oct 10, 2002 8:57 AM
re: Single Speed 'Cross Frame?climbo
Oct 10, 2002 8:44 AM
crazy? of course not. Who makes them? You can go custom with numerous bulders or you could go with production bikes that are good for SS like Surly or Spot.

S&S couplers might mean a custom frame. That would be your best bet, get it all done at once instead of buying the frame first, then finding someone to do the couplers. You'll get a better bike.
Matt Chesteradventurefind
Oct 10, 2002 9:16 AM
Go here:
He makes good stuff.
A thought.www-mtnpedaler-com
Oct 10, 2002 9:42 AM
Hi Jay,

I've known a number of people who have bought used steel frames and had the local frame builder weld on horizontal drops. Cost about $75 - $150. You could have the couplings done at the same time. Just in case you are in the Sacramento area, Steve Rex (916) 446-5706. Good Luck, Paul
Surly Cross-Check available as frame and has horizontalsGlowBoy
Oct 10, 2002 10:45 AM
Also the Bianchi Volpe (marketed as a touring bike but is really a 'cross bike) is a complete bike for $850 that has (fairly short) horizontal dropouts. I run mine as a singlespeed most of the time now.

- Dan
re: Single Speed 'Cross Frame?Wheelz
Oct 10, 2002 10:57 AM
Paul over at Rock Lobster pretty much has what you are looking for stock, but he'll do custom too, if need be.

Your choice of Steel, AL, or Scandium

Oct 10, 2002 3:20 PM
Gunnar used to offer a single speed cross bike. I've got one and it's a sweet bike. Unlike all the other single speed cross bikes I've seen this one uses 120mm track spacing which means you can easily run a fixed gear for street use (most 135mm single speed hubs lack the double threading for a lockring)

Gunnar now sells this model with long reach side pull brakes which will swallow some pretty fat tires. I'm sure you could also get them to put canti studs on for an extra fee.
re: Single Speed 'Cross Frame?sscross
Nov 28, 2002 6:33 PM