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Langster or not Langster...

Stef_the_RookieStef_the_Rookie Posts: 27
edited June 2007 in Road general
Hey people, i have a specialized Lanster 2007, to tell you the truth i love it, the compact frame smoothes the bumps i changed soome bits here and there, and it makes a good bike overall.
But that's my modest opinion.
The dilemma is if at some point i should change the frame for something different...or not?
Some say yes some say not...HELP!
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  • timminstimmins Posts: 40
    If you like it, why change it?
  • good point, maybe because the thought of riding on Columbus steels is appealing?
    Let's make it clear, i just wanna know how much i would have to fish out to get a better frame than what i have at the moment
  • SlimtimSlimtim Posts: 1,042
    Stef, changing bikes on a regular basis can be a fact of life. Don't beat yourself up about it. If you fancy steel then try steel. Chances are you'll never find the perfect ride but the fun is in trying to.

    The good news is that you'll be able to partly fund the project by selling the Langster (the wheels don't have a very good rep but hopefully you've replaced them already). Why not look for something vintage and steel?

    Have fun, Tim
  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    you don't really want something different do you, you want something that's not a langster. and it has nothing to do with the ride, and everything to do with ubiquity. 'fess up and be damned.

    [:D]
    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
  • lol i wish it was all about appearence...i'd get a paintjob or something like that...
  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    i tried to get a paintjob off my girlfriend the other day...

    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
  • Yes.

    This one's not mine :-(

    http://jlw.freeshell.org/fixie/mather/frame/images.html




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  • rdaviesbrdaviesb Posts: 566
    I wouldn't bother changing the frame - it's pretty good for an Alu. If you want to go to steel, get a whole new bike!
  • jhopjhop Posts: 369
    I too have a Langster 2007 the best thing about is the frame!

    Why change it?

    Wheels, brakes, levers, seatpost, saddle switch to something better quality certainly <b>but</b> the frame is fine.
  • dave5ncpdave5ncp Posts: 3,198
    Go down your local track and change your mind!

    <font color="purple"> <font size="1"><i>please pretend there's a horizontal line here. I couldnt work out how to put one in.</i></font id="size1"></font id="purple">
    As ugly as a teenage millionaire, pretending it's a whizz kid world
    <font color="purple"> <font size="1"><i>please pretend there\'s a horizontal line here. I couldnt work out how to put one in.</i></font id="size1"></font id="purple">
    You stir my natural emotions
  • for steel perhaps try the on one pompino?
  • Check out the Bianchi Pista - great bike at a great price.

    Let not trivia dominate our lives.
    Let not trivia dominate our lives.
  • MrSmithcpMrSmithcp Posts: 10
    the pompino would be a backwards step compared to a langster (imho) longer wheelbase and heavier so the bike wouldn't be as lively, be o.k if you wanted panniers or to fit off-road tyres though.
  • Black KeithBlack Keith Posts: 224
    the thing to do is ask yourself what you DONT like about the langster,
    what sort of things would you change?

    do you want tighter geometry, a genuine track frame? or something slacker for a gentler ride and to take guards, bottles and panniers?

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  • AndyGatesAndyGates Posts: 8,467
    Young paduan, you have much to learn.

    Get *another* bike.

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  • dave5ncpdave5ncp Posts: 3,198
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by peejay78</i>

    i tried to get a paintjob off my girlfriend the other day...

    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
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    You sound disappointed. She was alright with me...

    [:I][:I][8D][8D][:D][:D][;)][;)]

    <font color="purple"> <font size="1"><i>please pretend there's a horizontal line here. I couldnt work out how to put one in.</i></font id="size1"></font id="purple">
    You stir my natural emotions
    <font color="purple"> <font size="1"><i>please pretend there\'s a horizontal line here. I couldnt work out how to put one in.</i></font id="size1"></font id="purple">
    You stir my natural emotions
  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    hur de hur

    funniness of reply matched only by quick wittedness.....

    [:)]

    langster or not langster - no brainer really, they're the mondeo of the fixed world.

    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
  • terongiterongi Posts: 318
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by peejay78</i>

    hur de hur

    funniness of reply matched only by quick wittedness.....

    [:)]

    langster or not langster - no brainer really, they're the mondeo of the fixed world.
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    Help me out here, I have no idea about cars (except that Mondeo is a car - isn't it):

    Is Mondeo good or bad?
  • GaryGknGaryGkn Posts: 1,199
    Mondeo - average for older people - ditch the Langster and build something desirable!
  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    i wa being snobbish for no good reason at all.

    mondeo is totally average car, i guess. although i don't drive.

    every other new fixed in london is a langster. get something more jazzy. more fun. less sheepish. and not a fuji, unless you want to spend a considerable amount replacing every single part.

    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
  • BrixtonfixedBrixtonfixed Posts: 127
    Like the description of Langsters as 'sheepish', peejay. Is that as in 'propensity to follow' or 'embarrassed through having done something foolish or wrong'? Perhaps it was you who described them in a post I read a while back as the 'Coldplay of fixed'.

    Clearly there's a bit of bad brand karma around those ubiquitous brown fixes...
  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    hahaha.

    it's just my irrational fear of other people manifesting itself in ever more peculiar, immature ways.

    and yes, i think i did label them as the "coldplay" of fixed, although, i think they're more snow patrol than coldplay. maybe with a bit of nathan barley thrown in.

    nb: i like my fuji, now i've replaced every single part.

    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
  • GaryGknGaryGkn Posts: 1,199
    There are a lot of Langsters about. The welding is ugly but most people don't care. The colours are functional black or brown but not very glamorous, cool or fun but they are safe- I can only assume they are marketed at people who like these colours or just don't care. If you like oversized ali tubing, most people again don't care, then they are okay. They have a fixed sprocket but I have only ever see a very small handful of people ride them as a fixed again it would seem most people don't care and prefer the single speed option. They are convenient and everything works out of the box. I would say they are not the choice for someone with an imagination. I think they are for people who are cool!
  • plusgourmandeplusgourmande Posts: 307
    Loving the unique, jazzy Fuji you got there, PJ.
  • peejay78peejay78 Posts: 3,378
    hi +gourmande

    in that picture it is not unique or jazzy.

    currently has new wheelset, bars, tape, seatpost. next up: cranks, BB.

    after that: i'll replace the frame. it'll be a bob jackson vigorelli fuji the end of the year. we should go for a ride soon. i'm on half term. not long till endless summer holidays too.

    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
  • plusgourmandeplusgourmande Posts: 307
    Yeah PJ, soon as i get my fork chromed. Electroplaters told me they got robbed, that's why they're taking so long...hmm.
  • plusgourmandeplusgourmande Posts: 307
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by peejay78</i>

    is that the enormous colnago?

    winter: http://tinyurl.com/2xkbbs
    summer: http://tinyurl.com/2hsagv
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    No, it was never a colnago. It was just an early aluminium frame that was too flexible for me. Now i've got a really stiff track frame which is just getting a little chroming done. Should have my bike completely ready by monday. And it wasn't enormous, 56cm!

    Lets see a recent pic of the fuji then...
  • Bianchi BoyBianchi Boy Posts: 323
    <blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by Stef_the_Rookie</i>


    Hey people, i have a specialized Lanster 2007, to tell you the truth i love it, the compact frame smoothes the bumps i changed soome bits here and there, and it makes a good bike overall.
    But that's my modest opinion.
    The dilemma is if at some point i should change the frame for something different...or not?
    Some say yes some say not...HELP!
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    Pearson Touche. Check my pic.
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