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    Looking for an aluminium road frame...

    ...preferably with a level top tube or minimal sloping with a threaded bottom bracket and caliper brakes.
    Suggestions please.

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    If you don't mind the used market, seek out a used Cannondale on eBay. The tough part for you if you're looking for a NEW frame is the threaded bottom bracket part. The older CAAD series bikes have threaded bottom brackets.

    If you don't mind a custom frame and want one at a REALLY attractive price, get a Rock Lobster Team AL Road. I own one of Paul Sadoff's steel frames and the experience left me with the confidence to buy a frame from him any time. Mike Zanconato has a similar reputation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter P. View Post
    If you don't mind the used market, seek out a used Cannondale on eBay. The tough part for you if you're looking for a NEW frame is the threaded bottom bracket part. The older CAAD series bikes have threaded bottom brackets.
    I am not entirely fixed on threaded BBs, I could use one of those adapters.

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    Spooky.

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    for racing Cuneo GP

    if you want more frills Cassini

    OEM builders for plenty of brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter P. View Post

    If you don't mind a custom frame and want one at a REALLY attractive price, get a Rock Lobster Team AL Road.
    And if you want a REALLY unattractive price: Gaulzetti. Definitely expensive for alloy (or by any measure) but very good frames.

    I'll second the Spooky suggestion also.

    I've ridden with guys that own Spooky and Gaulzetti and they love em.

    that being said, a CAAD is the no-brainer choice here I think. Either new or old/used depending how important the BB is to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tihsepa View Post
    Spooky.
    I'd second Spooky... or also Vynl.
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    Spooky is way to expensive, also not tall enough.
    Vynl also not tall enough.
    I would love to have an older CAAD, maybe one in good shape comes along.
    CAAD 12 doesn't look a nice frame to me and seat post options are very limited.
    The Pro Lite Cuneo could be the one but it seems they have axed the tall sizes.
    Thanks so far.

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    GVH Cycles in Oregon has a bunch of Ridley Tritons on his site, $350 with a carbon fork. This looks like NOS so I’d net BSA b-bracket

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    Spooky is way to expensive, also not tall enough.
    Vynl also not tall enough.
    I would love to have an older CAAD, maybe one in good shape comes along.
    CAAD 12 doesn't look a nice frame to me and seat post options are very limited.
    The Pro Lite Cuneo could be the one but it seems they have axed the tall sizes.
    Thanks so far.
    I have a CAAD 5, a Merckx SC (widely considered the best alloy frame ever), and was lured into buying a Spooky. This would have been 7 or so years ago.

    Chaotic buying experience from bunch of stoners, followed by the worst packaging job i've ever seen. Just a bare frame thrown into a cardboard box. Weight nowhere near "rumored". Worst BB threads ever from being cut with worn out dies.

    All this would have been forgiven if the final bike was even good. But it was the harshest, most punishing ride. And you can see what I'd already experienced.

    In fact the CAAD 5 was a better made, just as light, better riding bike.

    After a few rides I pulled everything off and sold it.

    In summary, just look for a CAAD in good condition. I still like mine.
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    Fwiw, I believe Bianchi is still making an AL frame. Not sure about the threaded BB, but they used to use one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    not tall enough.
    Vynl also not tall enough.

    the tall sizes.
    Thanks so far.
    looks like you forgot to tell us something... LOL. What size TT are you after?

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    Cannondale CAAD8 and current Optimo models will have threaded BB on most models except the higher end model. While it's not a CAAD10/12, it's still an exceptional frameset. I'd buy a lower spec one, strip it, then sell off the parts to offset the cost of your ideal build. By the way, I'm talking about the CAAD 8 built since 2011 and it's replacement (as of 2017) the Optimo; not the original bikes from 10 years ago bearing those names. those were exceptional bikes in their own right,but it sounds like you're looking for new.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    ...preferably with a level top tube or minimal sloping with a threaded bottom bracket and caliper brakes.
    Suggestions please.
    Price range? Are you talking a $100 beater, a $1,000 road bike, or a $10,000 super bike (not sure there are any of those in Al but you get the point). Are you actually looking for just a frame, or a complete bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    Price range? Are you talking a $100 beater, a $1,000 road bike, or a $10,000 super bike (not sure there are any of those in Al but you get the point). Are you actually looking for just a frame, or a complete bike?
    I am looking for an aluminium road frame like the thread title suggests.
    No custom build frames, no Spooky price craziness -> that should answer the price question.
    That said I don't care if it is a cheap shop brand or a CAAD12 like sophisticated frame as long as it is not too heavy and well made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    I am looking for an aluminium road frame like the thread title suggests.
    No custom build frames, no Spooky price craziness -> that should answer the price question.
    That said I don't care if it is a cheap shop brand or a CAAD12 like sophisticated frame as long as it is not too heavy and well made.
    Not sure whether you are really asking for help or just trolling.

    Perhaps, give us real answers wrt size and price. Else it seems like you are just wasting time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crit_boy View Post
    Perhaps, give us real answers wrt size and price.
    Has that ever really helped?
    Bear in mind that I have already looked at the most common candidates, f.e. no one needs to tell me about the existence of a CAAD 12.
    I just wanted someone to come up with a brand that I didn't know or forgot about.

    But for heavens sake:
    Top tube 58-60cm, head tube 20-21.5cm when integrated, 17-18cm when not integrated, seat tube 61cm c-t minimum.
    Price for new frame including fork up to 1000 Dollars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    Has that ever really helped?
    it surely does.
    Top tube 58-60cm, head tube 20-21.5cm when integrated, 17-18cm when not integrated, seat tube 61cm c-t minimum.Price for new frame including fork up to 1000 Dollars.
    thanks, that helps a lot.
    slightly sloping but a good range of sizes and Taiwan quality.

    https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Kin...oad-Frame/EU2H
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    check out Velocite Selene frame & fork
    Velocite Aluminum Dark Selene Road Frameset

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwisimon View Post
    slightly sloping but a good range of sizes and Taiwan quality.

    https://www.sigmasports.com/item/Kin...oad-Frame/EU2H
    I have the predecessor with the straight head tube.


    The current one looks a bit odd with the big head tube together with comparably slim top and down tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aclinjury View Post
    check out Velocite Selene frame & fork
    Velocite Aluminum Dark Selene Road Frameset
    Thanks, blue Selene frame-set looks even more interesting:
    Velocite Blue Selene alloy road bike frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    I have the predecessor with the straight head tube.


    The current one looks a bit odd with the big head tube together with comparably slim top and down tubes.
    that's why it's 200grams lighter I guess. How does the frame ride. That Velocite looks like it ticks the boxes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andreas_Illesch View Post
    Thanks, blue Selene frame-set looks even more interesting:
    Velocite Blue Selene alloy road bike frame
    wow the price of the Blue Selene is now $799?? I remember for like a year, its price was under $300 as Velocite was probably trying to clear stock. Can't believe it's now 799 though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwisimon View Post
    How does the frame ride.
    The term "directional stability" comes to mind. The fork is a Deda Black Rain Winter.
    My frame weighs 1850grams, so it is not the lightest one.
    Sturdy wall thickness so to say.

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