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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:10 am 
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I look at the umpteen bikes hanging in the garage ( a racer, singlespeed Salsa, geared Salsa) and think wouldn't it be easier to have 1 frame you could switch to geared/single speed with the changing of a few parts, rather than have 2 full bikes?

So that's the criteria...a steel frame none suspension that Would fit all requirements!

What would you choose and why?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:42 am 
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i would choose a ti full susser with adjustable rear sus from 4-8 inches. air shock with lock out and sliding drop outs.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 10:43 am 
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For me, a steel-framed early 90's MTB with drop bars and rigid forks.
With skinny tyres you can tour, commute and ride the road on it. With knobblies you can ride offroad, although admittedly not extreme stuff.

It's not that older is better, it's just that you can't get frames like that off the shelf today.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:08 am 
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Apart from one of my own quality Strangelove Cycles fillet brazed frames with Paragon swinging dropouts (geared, rohloff, singlespeed capability at the turn of a screw), i'd have to go for a Cotic Soul. Fantastic frames. Bang on geometry, nice and light, great handling and ride and works well with anything from a 440mm rigid fork up to a 140mm suspension fork. A real modern day classic.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:12 am 
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this is what I did. A bike for all seasons/reasons. Along similar lines to Si's above.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:39 am 
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orange71 wrote:
this is what I did. A bike for all seasons/reasons. Along similar lines to Si's above.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=

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Nice 8)

I want to have a de clutter, one frame that you could run geared or SS really appeals. Part of the fun is swapping parts over anyway. Really nice frame, without checking the link you've attached is that SS only or can you run it geared too?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 11:45 am 
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I can swap the paragon dropout for a geared one in 30 seconds. If I had included the braze on v-brake mounts I could also have swapped between disc and non-disc, however I decided I was unlikely to go back to V's. I wanted it to look clean. Cable routing is internal, as the idea was to keep it as low maintenance as possible.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:05 pm 
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Trimble :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:56 pm 
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My Xizang - I've used it in several guises and it seems to deliver in so many ways, I even reckon it would make a better road bike than my current racer.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2011 12:58 pm 
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Nice suggestions! Keep 'em rolling in! Dr S do you make frames then?

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