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Which Track Bike Frame?(6 posts)

Which Track Bike Frame?yeah right
Nov 25, 2002 9:56 PM
So, I think I've caught the track bug, and am now considering buying a nice but not extravagant track bike.

I'm interested in a frame that would be well (well) under $1000, but I'm not into the Bianchi Pista or the KHS or Fuji offerings. I want it to be stiff enough for sprints, but also appropriate for mass start events. I'm 6'4" and 225 pounds. Bike would be for track only.

My roadbike is lugged, so I don't mind lugged steel, although I'd be okay with aluminum or welds. I've seen a very nice Cinelli Olymic Deluxe, but wondered how stiff it was, but I've also seen some nice pics of pinarellos etc. Problem is I can't find much information. Any recomendations or good deals I should know of?

Thanks!

P.S. anybody know an online (preferably US) company that carries ambrosio rims?
Email or call this guy...Dave Hickey
Nov 26, 2002 4:28 AM
John has a lot of knowledge about track racing.

http://www.businesscycles.com
These will be stiff, maybe not cheap enoughTig
Nov 26, 2002 7:51 AM
I wouldn't spend too much on a first track bike either (although I once did!). To get something really stiff that's not on your list of bikes you aren't interested in narrows the list to more expensive bikes. I'm not even listing the custom frames available.

Colnago Dream Pista from Britton's
http://www.brittonbikes.com/colnago/dream-pista/dream-pista.htm
Colnago Master X Light Pista from Britton's
http://www.brittonbikes.com/colnago/master-pista/pista-mxl.htm
Cannondale's return to the track bike market may be the best thing going
http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/03/cusa/model-3PR3K.html
I'd go PistaB123
Nov 26, 2002 11:35 PM
I like the Bianchi because of its traditional style and the option for brakes. The KHS has a "pursuit" geometery that doesn't work well for a big guy like me. I think the KHS also uses some cheap parts, like a bmx crankset, that you might find too low level for racing.

At 6'4" you might consider custom, I love mine. There are builders all around the country that can fit your needs. Mine is from Steve Rex, www.rexcycles.com
re: Try Olmo PistaToo Many Bikes
Nov 27, 2002 8:28 AM
I purchased the Olmo Pista a few weeks ago. Its an awesome frame. Its a tig welded steel frame. I ride it on the road for training, its really stable and stiff. Its not that flashy, just blue. I bought the frame for $500.
re: Which Track Bike Frame?fixedgearhead
Dec 2, 2002 12:38 PM
I ride a Cinelli Olympic frame which is their Thron Tubing Pista frame with Crome lugs and seatstays and dropouts. It is very stiff and well balanced and nicely finished for an inexpensive (800dollar) frame. There are some cheaper that are not as nice looking, imho. It is a great frame to get into the sport with. You can always spend more but if you don't like it you can still cash out with much less lost that a Colnago or other high end frame. If you like it you can use it as a trainer after you get your high end frame and start winning races.

fixedgearhead