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New Life for an Older Frame(2 posts)

New Life for an Older FrameDoctorblaze
Mar 8, 2003 9:21 AM
I have a late 80's model Bianchi Strada hanging in my garage. I have some questions about getting the bike up to speed for the new millenium.

First, how much does frame geometry change from year to year? Is a model from 1989 the same as 2003?

Is it worth the time and effort to update an old frame and will I be happy with the result once I have speant the money?

Your help and opions are welcome.
Good question?Matno
Mar 10, 2003 9:06 AM
I just did exactly that with my Schwinn SuperSport from the same era. Well, actually, last year I upgraded the drivetrain to 9 speed, which was a definite improvement, but no change in ride quality. I then replaced the wheels, which also helped a little, but again, not as much as I had hoped. Same thing with the stem. So now leap forward to this week. I finally got around to upgrading the frame and MAN what a difference! I don't think the geometry is all that different (same exact top tube and seat tube lengths, I'm not sure about the angles), but the feel is completely different. I never thought that I could smooth my ride out this much by switching from steel to aluminum, (seems kind of backwards) but I sure did. Now I'm on a Cannondale CAAD4 frame that rides just the way I like - smooth.

Bottom line, the old components are not worth keeping. However, your old frame may be better than mine was. Technology in frame design has improved a lot. Geometry hasn't changed that much (of course it varies a lot between manufacturers). I highly recommend that you test ride a newer bike (or a few of them) before dropping cash on your old bike. Unless of course, you're like me and like to change things piecemeal (which usually costs more but not always). STI shifters are awesome, IMO.