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    Good vintage frame for commuter build?

    Hey I was asked to help build up a commuter for a friend, max budget about $1000 but preferably less. Im looking for some unique frames as a starting point. I've been looking at some oldschool mtn bike frames, coolest ive found is an old GT timberline, tange 1000 steel(no idea if thats good?) but im looking for other ideas as well.

    i think we want to go for a monstercross type build. it would be cool to be able to fit 29" or 27.5 wheels with decent size tires. but dont want to stray far away from a road/cross geometry. not looking for a mountain bike.

    she's a good biker, also like 5'10 and pretty damn strong, so could actually benefit from a good quality frame and build. it would be nice to have a good quality steel frame as a starting point. I'd rather have a good frame and cheap out a little on parts, and upgrade parts next year.

    any ideas?

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    Schwinn homegrown is an option

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    Why vintage?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whacked View Post
    Why vintage?

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    Really doesnt need to be vintage, I was looking at some vintage mtn bikes purely because they seem closer to road bike geo than more modern stuff, like they could be made into a sweet commuter/ monstercross bike or something.
    but if its modern and fits then great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whacked View Post
    Why vintage?

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    Affordable, easy to work on and they just look good. A 26" MTB from the late eighties or early nineties are really great bikes.
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    I had a '93 Paramount R-80. Lugged frame and loved the Granny Apple Green color.
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    Bridgestone..... find a MB2 or MB3 that still has the Ritchey fork on it. They make incredible commuters.

    Kona Explosif - also a cool old steel

    Rocky Mountain Hammer - try to find one from 90-92 that still has the rigid

    There are a ton of others around as well that would make great commuter rides and that you could easily build up for under a grand. Some that you could likely pick up for 3-400 and not have to do anything to them but a general tune up......

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