|How would you spend my $1000?||Albert|
Mar 13, 2001 6:49 PM
|I am in the market for a new frame...$1000 tops (with fork). I have been on the phone with Dean, well known in the mtb field...they will "custom" a Ti frame for me for $1000+ $150 for an Ouzo fork....Any thoughts?
This is a hot topic here...materials and frame choices...I have looked at Landshark (steel) and C-dale (aluminum)...Somehow I fell for the lure of Ti...would like to experience this metal....Well, your comments are welcomed....How would you spend the $1000 (for bicycle frame/fork, not for an evening on the town).
|Check out Colorado Cyclist's Douglas ti frames||Starliner|
Mar 13, 2001 10:11 PM
|No experience with them- just seen them in their catalog and on their website. They are nicely hyped by CC, and look nice. Lighter than a Litespeed Classic, cost is $1099 including Reynolds Ouzo Comp (alloy steerer) threadless carbon fork. Check it out.|
|re: How would you spend my $1000?||Peter Rhodes|
Mar 14, 2001 11:21 AM
|Depending on how long you are willing to wait, I won a Litespeed Arenberg frame on Ebay for $700. Retail on this sucker is close to $1300 for the frame alone. I then got off this board a nice Profile SC fork for $65 shipped. Bring the total to a huge $785 TOTAL. I saved a ton of cash by searching out a deal. It took me approx 4 weeks of messing around and looking to find this, but well worth it. Of course you might think I am insane for saying this, but this is going to be a training bike/bad weather bike (because Ti won't oxidize like steel). They lay down so much salt here in NH you can clouds of it as your riding, and taste it all the time.|
|stay with the DEAN||MRD|
Mar 16, 2001 7:13 AM
|For that price, you can't do better. Plus you get a custom fitted bike, so fit won't be an issue. Fit in my opinion is the most important aspect of the bike, so I think you would make a good choice with your current option.
For about the same price, you may want to try to Dean Carve CSI or whatever it is called. It's the bike with the steel frame with carbon seat stays. This bike might rider nicer than a straight gauge Ti frame--that is, stiffer in the bottom bracket area and comfortable with the carbon seat stays. Ask Dean about it, since it is comparable in price.
Otherwise, good luck!
PS Does dean charge extra for custom??