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Framesets for <$600Dave_Stohler
Jan 8, 2004 1:01 AM
I'm currently considering all the options for my next roadbike. I'm looking for a frame of roughly 59cm (maybe 60cm if it has a short top tube). The frame has to be relatively stiff, since I do a lot of heavy hill climbing. I'm keeping my mind open to any suggestions, but $600 is really about all I can afford.

FWIW, I've been looking at Leader frames (the $299 frameset, in aluminum), Specialized Allez (but don't really like the look of a sloped-tube frame), and even at a couple Raleigh framesets I've seen on EBay.
re: Framesets for &lt;$600fredstaple
Jan 8, 2004 3:11 AM
I also recently have been looking for a <600 dollar frame. I like steel and focused only in this area. I bought a DeBernardi Thron and have been very happy with it. Some may scoff at such a cheap frame, but I like it. My mechanic also liked it. sold it to me. has a decent selection of under 600 bikes including the Debernardi and a few other in alum. also had a good selection of under 600 alum frames.

In the last few days a guy ran a line about his Kogswell. I think that was in the 300 dollar range and looked to be a good basic steel frame, I may have gone with that had I known about it this fall. I think
re: Framesets for &lt;$600Liberace
Jan 8, 2004 5:34 AM
I've got a 60cm(c-t) Fort Reynolds 853 frame-mint condition with matching Columbus Genuis fork or a Kestrel EMS Pro carbon fork. Currently it's outfitted with a Thomson post /ITM stem & bars /Campy Daytona 9speed and Proton wheelset. Email me if you are interested in the frame or complete bike -
re: Framesets for &lt;$600Grahamalicious
Jan 8, 2004 10:22 PM
I've got an '02 Trek 2300 frame/fork with less than 100 miles that i'm going to be selling soon (good price). its a 63 (c-t) with 59.5 seat tube (c-c) and 59.5 top tube, trek zr9000 frame, bontrager carbon/alloy fork and cane creek is headset
Another option...Nater
Jan 8, 2004 7:00 AM
would be a Surly Pacer. Probably not all that light but probably not too heavy with a carbon fork either.
Dave... check this link...russw19
Jan 8, 2004 7:07 AM
Check out the Interloc frames... they are nicely built.. I have seen a few up close and in person. Full 853 frame for right at your price level.

Look around and you can find good deals. If you can't find anyone else to match this, I can get you that frame with the fork for $600. The price on the web is $600 for just the frame. The catch is it would take me about 2 weeks to get it to you.

Here's the link.

Jan 8, 2004 7:18 AM
Bar far the best value I've seen are Marinoni's. For about $700-750 Canadian (under $600 US) you can get a handbuilt Columbus Airplane frame with custom paint. Quite light (~1350g in a 54cm size) and stiff, and repaintable/repairable for minimal cost when you break it or get bored of the colour. Other tubesets are available too. Custom geometry costs $150 Can extra. Check out
I second MarinoniaOldMan
Jan 8, 2004 7:41 AM
Marinoni builds excellent frames at great prices. A true Italian frame builder that just happens to be on this side of the Atlantic. They build in all of the Columbus tube sets. Highly recommended.
me tooFrith
Jan 8, 2004 7:49 AM
see my post below... great minds think Canadian ;-)
I have an older custom M from about the late 80's that is in showroom condition. It's being built up as a fixed gear.
I'm right now considering getting a ciclo as a do everything bike. I would need to go custom with the geometry and my only issue is that after I finish thinking of the nicest possible paint I can dream up I won't want to ride the thing much less Commute/tour/generally beat the thing up. What a conflict. Although I could think of worse conflicts ;-)
me toodzrider
Jan 8, 2004 10:38 AM
Yeah, I just got an old Columbus XL frame and fork and took it on the road for the first time over the holidays. It goes quick, smooth and makes rough roads feel like they're under the bike next to you. Really great ride.
re: Framesets for &lt;$600sweathog
Jan 8, 2004 7:20 AM
Consider the Nashbar Frame'. I am very happy with two 58s which I just built. They have slack seat tubes and short top tubes - maybe you'd want the 60. I suppose they are heavy, and the welding is not art work, but the frames are straight and the bottom bracket and headtubes require no prepping. They seem stiff to me, and they should be since they are probably straight gauge. The frames can be had for around $100 if you get a discount code; there is a 10% one in effect now. Nashbar also sells carbon forks cheap. On one I used an Easton EA30 which I paid $90 for, on the other I put a Nashbar with the obsolete JRS race for $40 and a JRS headset for $15. I'm sure folks will weigh in here with sneers, but I am very happy with my bikes. If you can do without the snob appeal they are worth considering. Also, since the paint color is "titanium," you can put a Litespeed decal on it and no one will know the difference.
here's what i can think ofFrith
Jan 8, 2004 7:27 AM
Urbanite (
Marinoni ( They have a range from ridiculously expensive to very affordable. And you can get custom geo/paint for about $100 extra look for the leggaro on
Tsunami (from
A handfull of frames on
How about under $300??PaulCL
Jan 8, 2004 8:16 AM
Go to

Chuck buys closeouts, over runs, etc... I bought a Tsunami AL frame plus CF fork from him for $105. No, that's not a was $105. He has lots of other frames available too. I built up my Tsunami with Veloce components cobble off of EBAY and from Excelsports. I have a complete bike for about $800.

re: Framesets for &lt;$600one_speed
Jan 8, 2004 8:18 AM
two things that come to mind, check out the gunnars, (made by waterford). great frames, i've got two gunnars and two waterfords. i don't think anything can touch the gunnars for the price, full 853, tig welded, etc. a great ride, though, not super light.

another thought might be to check supergo, they often have aluminum/carbon frames for great prices. light and most likely stiff, though i haven't actually ridden them.

best of luck, looks like there have been lots of good suggestions here.
OptionsAndy M-S
Jan 8, 2004 8:55 AM
I'm currently building a Kogswell (around $300 including frame/fork/brakes/shipping to your door), but there are some other very nice options. One I'd consider for closer to $600 is the Basso Gap. I don't think they're made anymore but Lickton's apparently has some for $599.

I built up an older Gap for my son, and he loves it. I'm pretty impressed with it. The only downside that I can see is that all Gaps have Italian BB shells (someone feel free to correct me if I'm wrong), which can be a minor pain if you or your mechanic aren't careful.

I believe you can even get a Habenero Ti (frame, no fork) in the $600-$700 neighborhood.

Actually, There are a good many options out there for frames cheaper than $600. It's really a question of the type of riding you want to do. Racing? Century/Century+ rides? Touring? Once you narrow it down, you'll likely still have some choices.
shame on youJS Haiku Shop
Jan 8, 2004 10:07 AM
now i must have a kogswell. you are evil and must be destroyed.
are you replacing the Masi?brian n
Jan 8, 2004 9:36 AM
Yeah, I think you might atleast need a new fork after the Cinzano rider put his frame pump in your front wheel. Don't buy an aluminum bike though, you'll have faliero rolling over in his grave!

so how does it feel to win the little 500? come to think of it, you could probably get the Roadmaster fixed gear that you rode to victory for under $600 complete!

good luck at you studies at Indiana. They have a good cycling team.
LOL!!!!!!Marketing Dept
Jan 8, 2004 12:20 PM
BTW, how is Feline? Did you and that French exchange student ever hook up?

I am glad to see that Mike went on and did quite well, even though he has had some interesting maritial issues over the past few years.

Cyril did pretty good I suppose. Did I see him in Home Alone #whatever?

But what is up with Mooch? Did he stay married to the check out girl from the A&P?

Anyway, say hi to your Mom and Dad. Oh yea, so did you get a little brother or sister?
You guys are hilarious! I didn't even clue in till MktDpt (nm)Frith
Jan 8, 2004 3:55 PM
I heard Moocher went back to pitching for the Bad News Bears...russw19
Jan 8, 2004 9:13 PM
And the cat's name is Jake!

"Hey, them's my French Fries!"

"Refund! Refund!"
Nah, got a Panasonic fixie (nm)Dave_Stohler
Jan 8, 2004 6:22 PM
re: Soma Fabricatorsjrm
Jan 8, 2004 1:38 PM
nice frames 853 front triangles with 4130 rear stays. Cool burnt orange or black
one hot frameseteclipse1
Jan 8, 2004 3:07 PM
just got a van dessel frame 60cm. i had a jamis eclipse which is steel 853, and had always riden steel. this frame rocks. altec 2 plus, carbon seat stays and carbon fork for $599.00. it is light 17lbs or under. stiff i'm 220 and 6'3" and sprint alot and handles no words can describe. best bike i have had in over 30 years of riding. Al durabilty is not like steel but will have to see. this is the same frame as colavita bolla race team. you should check it out. good luck.