Advise on new frame

itboffin
itboffin Posts: 20,061
edited November 2008 in Commuting chat
I can't make up my mind which frame to choose for my new cyclocross project, I have a very limited budget these days so it has to be as cheap and cheerful as possible.

So if you had to pick one which would it be?

http://www.bikes-dolan.uk.com/index.html?target=dept_92.html&lang=en-us

or

http://www.planet-x-warehouse.co.uk/index.php?page_id=1461
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  • downfader
    downfader Posts: 3,686
    I know nothing about these frames but the Planet X one looks very cool. 8)
  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    ITB - you're in the height of cyclo-cross season, so I'm not sure you'll get the best deals now. Might be worth turning up to a couple of cross races to see if anyone is selling frames or bikes. Drop David Belcher a PM - he's into cross racing.

    Alternatively, the Kona Jake is cheaper, and so are Focus bikes.
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  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    cjcp wrote:
    ITB - you're in the height of cyclo-cross season, so I'm not sure you'll get the best deals now. Might be worth turning up to a couple of cross races to see if anyone is selling frames or bikes. Drop David Belcher a PM - he's into cross racing.

    Alternatively, the Kona Jake is cheaper, and so are Focus bikes.

    Ta very much.
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  • downfader
    downfader Posts: 3,686
    I have just bought a Kona Jake 09 and it is awesome! Really well made, tiagra gearset, decent saddle. Wheels will need an upgrade, as will tyres but the stock ones are pretty decent for the money.

    Havent used it other than on the road so far so cant comment on how it will deal with the more rough stuff - though it feels nice and solid. Worth £700 imo. :)
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    I'm hoping to build a sub £300 bike without wheels, Dolan had a cross frame + forks +headset for £165 but have sold out :(
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  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    ITB - you got PM
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    "It stays down, Daddy."
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  • redddraggon
    redddraggon Posts: 10,862
    What about the Kinesis frames?
    I like bikes...

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  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    The Kinesis Crosslight 4T frame looks pretty good, I'm leaning towards steel these days my old Raleigh SS is light as a feather and a joy to ride.
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    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
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  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 19,257
    itboffin wrote:
    I'm hoping to build a sub £300 bike without wheels(

    I'd spend a bit more and put wheels on it!
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  • linsen
    linsen Posts: 1,959
    I like the red one :D
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  • tardington
    tardington Posts: 1,379
    itboffin wrote:
    I'm hoping to build a sub £300 bike without wheels(

    I'd spend a bit more and put wheels on it!

    Exactly!
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Further research/sage advice has lead me to the Kinesis Crosslight
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    itboffin wrote:
    Further research/sage advice has lead me to the Kinesis Crosslight

    There's a review of the 4T (and other 'cross bikes) in the latest C+.
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    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    cjcp wrote:
    itboffin wrote:
    Further research/sage advice has lead me to the Kinesis Crosslight

    There's a review of the 4T (and other 'cross bikes) in the latest C+.

    Seen it, bought it, read it, read it again want one BADDDDD oh! yes tried a little SS off-road to boot.
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    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • cjcp
    cjcp Posts: 13,345
    I've been sitting on the settee all evening plotting how I'm going to fund and justify the purchase of a crosser frame and fork...I can use the compact for any hilly sportives etc.
    FCN 2-4.

    "What happens when the hammer goes down, kids?"
    "It stays down, Daddy."
    "Exactly."
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    cjcp wrote:
    I've been sitting on the settee all evening plotting how I'm going to fund and justify the purchase of a crosser frame and fork...I can use the compact for any hilly sportives etc.

    :lol::lol::lol:
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Well I've gone and bought a Fort cross frame, bike number 8 :?
    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.
  • itboffin
    itboffin Posts: 20,061
    Edit: I know its yellow but that was the only colour available :cry:
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    Rule #5 // Harden The Feck Up.
    Rule #9 // If you are out riding in bad weather, it means you are a badass. Period.
    Rule #12 // The correct number of bikes to own is n+1.
    Rule #42 // A bike race shall never be preceded with a swim and/or followed by a run.