Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    lives to ride
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    1,045

    Cheap commuting frame

    Hi all,

    I am looking for a cheap frame to commute on. I'm thinking of building up a cyclocross style bike, considering my ride is around 90% on tarmac, with some gravel and singletrack in there.

    I'll run it either SS or with an internally geared hub, but I think limiting myself to a frame with track ends is just going to mean it will cost me more.

    The Soma's seem pretty good value for money. Is there much difference between a "Smoothie ES" and a "Double Cross"? I had an Il Pompino a while back and it was really comfortable - I shouldn't have sold it!

    Are there any better options for less than $350 a frame?

  2. #2
    Which way? Uphill.
    Reputation: nepbug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    825
    Pake C'Muter

    I've been eying this frame for a while to build up a fast summer commuter. Cyclocross geometry with an extended headtube to reduce the stack of headset spacers. You can find them for $200 for frame only or about $280 for frame and matching fork.
    Blog

    Just keep spinning. Just keep running. Just keep paddling.
    Just keep moving forward.

  3. #3
    Doesntplaywellwithmorons!
    Reputation: DeeEight's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    10,581
    Hmmmmm, i just figured out a brand to pick up when i resume operations.
    I don't post to generate business for myself or make like I'm better than sliced bread

  4. #4
    Frt Range, CO
    Reputation: pursuiter's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    2,462
    I bought an Outcast 29er frame and a Salsa 29er Cromoto fork for $220 shipped from bikeisland.com:
    Attached Images Attached Images

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Reputation: Papa_Otter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    53
    pursuiter, did you paint that yourself?

    nepbug, that is a nice looking frame. It would be nice if it fit slightly larger tires. Looking for reviews now...

  6. #6
    Frt Range, CO
    Reputation: pursuiter's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Posts
    2,462
    Quote Originally Posted by Papa_Otter
    pursuiter, did you paint that yourself?...
    Yea, I'm the rattle can queen

  7. #7
    lives to ride
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    1,045
    That Pake looks like a bargain! Now to find a cheap disc mount fork.

  8. #8
    trail rat
    Reputation: slocaus's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Posts
    7,711
    Quote Originally Posted by jasevr4
    That Pake looks like a bargain! Now to find a cheap disc mount fork.
    Dimension Cross fork with disc tabs $60
    CCCMB web - Facebook
    SLO trail maps - conditions

    "The physician heals, Nature makes well" - real fortune cookie

  9. #9
    Which way? Uphill.
    Reputation: nepbug's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Posts
    825
    Quote Originally Posted by Papa_Otter
    pursuiter, did you paint that yourself?

    nepbug, that is a nice looking frame. It would be nice if it fit slightly larger tires. Looking for reviews now...
    They claim it will clear 35c tires with fenders, sounds pretty good to me if that's true.
    Blog

    Just keep spinning. Just keep running. Just keep paddling.
    Just keep moving forward.

  10. #10
    lives to ride
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    1,045
    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    Cheers man, that looks the goods!

  11. #11
    Ovaries on the Outside
    Reputation: umarth's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    4,361
    craigslist

  12. #12
    lives to ride
    Reputation:
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    1,045
    if i was in the states i'd be on craigslist tomorrow.. but i'm in Aus..

    If I rode a 54cm Pompino, what size C'Muter do you think would suit me the best? 54 or 55.5?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •