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Need help with Frame Choice.T-Doc
Jan 21, 2004 4:56 PM
To add to the eternal question of which frame to use, I have come up with three viable options: DeBernardi Thron Track, Soma Rush, and Olmo gara Pista. Before you counter with other options, let me say that a) I've tried Older frames on ebay and I haven't been very happy. (abridged version of story), and b)Gunnar and Surly geometries don't do it for me.
All three are about $500...the DeBernardi and Soma are pre-drilled for brakes, the Olmo fork would have to be drilled. Any advice?
re: Need help with Frame Choice.mr_e
Jan 22, 2004 8:50 PM
I have a DeBernardi and really love it. 55cm square. Fun, really comfortable bike that behaves like a fixed gear steep angled road bike (ie, not as twitchy as a comp level track). Due to a pothole mis-hap, the fork was replaced with one with less rake, making it muck more "track bikey". Pothole cased my headset (not the fork), and the race puller ate the threads on the top of my steerer. After chopping, it was 3mm to short even with the shortest headset I could find (Tange Levin- any one know of one shorter?). The original fork is a great, comfy ride, and I hated to see it go, but the new one provides some new tricks.

I thought about a Soma for a long time, but their distributor screwed me on several occassions so I can't brin myself to do it. The Olma looks nice, but a little more Fuji-esqe then I liked (sorry Fuji lovers).
sorry, butJS Haiku Shop
Jan 23, 2004 10:26 AM
a very reasonably-priced option you didn't mention: Kogswell. if i was in the market (ok, i'm ALWAYS in the market, but i have a frame already waiting to be fixed), i'd go Kogswell. pretty frame, nice price, and good reviews. www.kogswell.com.

HTH!

-j