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$1000 frame suggestions???(11 posts)

$1000 frame suggestions???potomacattaque
Aug 2, 2001 6:28 AM
I am about 5' 11", weigh about 160, and am looking to spend about $1000 on a new frame. considering: colnago classic, pinarello suprise, lemond zurich, tommassini (a la colorado cyclist), and others.

anyone have good experiences with any of the above, particularly the colnago and the tommassini?

others I should look at in this range?

i should also say that I prefer steel, but dont mind AL if it offers some compliance through design.

thank you!
Custom?mike mcmahon
Aug 2, 2001 7:17 AM
Carl Strong built me a beautiful Foco frame for $1000. Many other custom builders out there can build you a steel frame with a price of anywhere from $500 to about $2000. There's another current thread on Anvil. Don Ferris builds Anvil Bikes and is an occasional contributor to this forum. Happy shopping.
Custom?Hank
Aug 2, 2001 7:30 AM
Strong and Anvil would be two great options if you need custom. If you don't, also check out Steelman and Ritchey in that price range. And if you want Euro, I'd also look at Merckx.
Why not Ti?jtolleson
Aug 2, 2001 7:29 AM
You want compliance and want to spend $1000 on frame only? I think that you can find ti. I got my Catalyst frame for $950 by calling around and finding my size in the previous year's model.

If not, I'd got Colnago or Lemond of the options you've listed. The Pinarello is fairly stiff and I think of the CC Tom. as an off-brand psuedo-italian knockoff.
Why not Ti?Lanakila
Aug 2, 2001 10:12 AM
That is pure crap....Tommasini is not a "Pseudo-italian knock-off". They have been a VERY respected frame for the 20 years that I have been in cycling. Long before Colnago and Pinarello became the only Italian bikes that Americans would buy, Tommasini and Guerciotti were frequently see in the pelotons here in the states. Tommasinis are known for superior craftsmanship and ride as well as just being real nice to look at. I rode one back in the late 80s-early 90s and I still miss it sometimes. It was a true Italian classic. You might want to get some fact before spouting useless uninformed fluff.

Lanakila
Ua mau ke ea o ka aina I ka pono
You are wrong about Tommasini. see www.tommasini.it.Doll Face
Aug 2, 2001 12:33 PM
Their frames are among the best in the world.
OOOpppsy, my Boo-Boojtolleson
Aug 2, 2001 2:05 PM
You know what I read his post as "Tommasso," which is the psuedo-Italian knockoff, not Tomasini. My fault. Tommasso IS a low-end knockoff CC sells, at least here in Colorado, and I've always wondered why Tomasini hasn't sued them. I also see them on eBay (there's one listed now) at http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1171894283

PS, no reason you can't clarify or correct without being so hostile and insulting. What is with this board the way people talk to each other. And at least I'm owing up to my misread, but I don't suppose I'll get any kind words from those who overreacted to my posted in the first place (Lanakila).
At least look at Atlantis, toocory
Aug 2, 2001 7:58 AM
Rivendell's Atlantis frame is $950 w/bb and fork installed. It's probably not what you want if all you care about is going fast, but for an all-around, comfortable bike that will go anywhere and last forever, it's pretty nice. I've had mine about six months, and it's easily the best bike I've ever owned. See it at www.rivendellbicycles.com
pay attention to me!!!!!Evan Truesdale
Aug 2, 2001 8:05 AM
how about a look 281 with HSC 3 or HSC 2 fork with a Deda newton bar and stem for 1200 plus 3.9% import duty and 35 for shipping

or 1050ish for a colnago dream

cheack out www.totalcycling.com/

they have complete chorus kits for 772 and record for 1100ish
Vail Cycle WorksWadeOmatic
Aug 2, 2001 9:49 AM
Talk to Jack. He does custom Columbus Steel and Ti frames. I just got a EL/OS tubed 58cm from him. My first steel and love it. 20.75lbs on LBS scale with Open Pros/Ultegra/etc.

http://vailcycleworks.com/
I'll vouch for the Tommasini.9WorCP
Aug 2, 2001 11:22 AM
If you can wait a few months CC will probably discount the frame at the end of the season. I'm 5'9" and about 155lb, I find the frame to be plenty stiff and very comfortable. It's a sharp handling and nervy(sp?) race frame but no shimmies or shakes at high speeds. I've had it to almost 50mph and it has behaved very well. I'm guessing your sized frame will weigh ~3.7lbs.

Negatives:

The fork weighs a ton (well +1.5lbs) but looks and feels really good. I may or may not upgrade to carbon. The weight loss is tempting but I'm afraid of losing the stiffness.

Chromed horizontal drop outs. Looks cool but a little slippery. I had some problems torquing the wheel out of alignment when I first got the bike. Ditched the soft aluminum Ritchey skewers and bought some Salsa ones instead and that was the end of that.

That's it. It's a super bike for the cash and you will love the unique (in today's world) styling.

PS. You might want to consider the Ritchey Road Logic frame. Check out the reviews on this site. It is the highest rated bike of all.