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    Fat-tired Roadie
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    Frames with threaded braze-ons for shifters

    Kind of a hypothetical at this point, but...

    If I were to build a commuter around a new frame, I'd want to build something pretty similar to what I've already got, including downtube shifters. Actually, a lot of it would probably be parts migrated from the old one.

    What's out there? Pricepoint would be $300 or less - my commuters are "lock outside" bikes.
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    most modern frames still have the d-tube mounts, only they thread little bosses with barrel adjusters over them.
    I say hit the classifieds/craigslist/whatever.
    I have an 853 reynolds frame and carbon fork I found in the local classifieds, cost me about 170$ canadian IIRC?
    hard to beat an anonymized 853 frame for that.
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    It doesn`t answer your question, but I sure wish somebody made "clamp on braze ons" that you could use for whatever frame you wanted. I know there are (or at least there were) clamp on shifters, but I`m thinking something sturdy enough to stay put and that doesn`t get kinked from installing and removing a few times, and might as well be compatible with the modern indexable levers. Oh, yeah- available for OS tubes too, as long as I`m wishing.
    Recalculating....

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    Soma Fab has a couple frames with shifter bosses.

    Stanyan Road Frame
    http://www.somafab.com/stanyanplus.html
    Double Cross
    http://www.somafab.com/doublecrosspix.html

    http://www.somafab.com/frames_main.html

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    All of the Surly...

    road frames, Cross Check, Pacer, Long Haul Trucker, and Travelers Check come with brazeons that allow you to use down tube shifters. The only one that doesn't is the Steamroller which is designed to be set up as a fixie/single speed. Pice point may be a little out of your range as average retail for a Check or a Pacer is about $420.

    Anyway there are others out there as well. You just gotta look for em.

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    $400's actually not a bad price - I ought to be able to get any of QBP's products for cost +$10.

    If I migrate to a new frame, it sounds like Soma or Surly is likely to be my best bet for something I can order by size at my pricepoint.

    Thanks, folks.
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