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    Airborne Spectre

    Hi All,

    I am looking to make a single speed bike for winter riding.
    I am thinking about picking up this 2003 Airborne Spectre with carbon fork and headset.
    The concerning thing for me is that the owner states that the
    Seat Tube C-T-C 26 1/4" which converts to 66cm.
    The Top Tube C-T-C 22 1/4" which converts to 56.5.

    This makes little sense to me. Is this possible? I know it is a tri-bike, but the numbers seem so off.

    He says it is a 57cm, which they did not offer, though they made a 56 and 58 in 2003.
    I know the drop-outs are semi-vertical, but I would use a White Industries ENO hub.
    I am thinking road salt, wet, winter, durable etc.

    I have most all the components from my left-over box.

    Thoughts on this?

    Thanks covrc
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    Seat tube must be a center to top measurement. Look at this bike, the way the seat tube extends well above the top tube:

    http://charlotte.craigslist.org/bik/868439723.html

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    I suspect that the guy can't measure.

    Here is the geo of the latest version of the Airborne TT bike (Van Nicholas Blaze). Clearly it's not the exact same bike but I suspect the geo is VERY similar to his old ones.

    My 58 Zeppelin would make a much better Road SS.

    After I use it for a century on Saturday, I could break it down and ship it to you for $350 plus shipping.

    PM if interested and I'll get pics etc.
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    Thanks

    As for the Spectre, I saw the height of the ST as it extends above the TT. So, I too was thinking mis-measurement.

    Why would the Zeppelin make a better SS?

    Thanks to both for replying and helping out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by covrc
    .......Why would the Zeppelin make a better SS?.......

    Because I need to sell it in oder to buy a steel frame that I want

    I'm just confused by the spectre being a TT. If you are using it as an SS TT, than the spectre would be better. Otherwise it seems like a true Road Bike would be better.
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    ... interestingly enuff, I've got three Spectres... one built up and two frames (one, waaaay too small but bought dirt cheap for the Dura Ace components that were on it) and have often considered converting one to single/fixed.

    As mentioned, the seat tube on the Spectre extends well above the top tube so the accurate top tube measurment is the most useful data... with the seat tube length being a factor only if you'd need a lower saddle height.

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    What size is your way to small frame?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgy
    What size is your way to small frame?
    ... I think it's about a 48 to 50...

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