I have been looking for a good frame to build up for a while now. Its hard to find them small enough for my 29” inseam. But yesterday I came across an add for a Novara frame/fork combo made from Tange Prestige tubing for $75 in 50cm, perfect size. I went and looked at it today and it was in very nice condition with just a few scratches and little chips. No dents or rust and the treads are all clean. I really wanted something new enough for a 1 1/8 headset and this one has 1” of coarse. Also the color and graphics aren’t great but nothing to bad. It is a deep metallic blue with almost some dark purple in it. I am kind of a black, white, gray guy if you know what I mean. The blue isn’t too bad but I tend to like simple classic colors. I figure if I really like it when it is all done I could spend the money and get the frame powder coated if the color still bugs me.
I almost passed because of the color and the steerer size, but I ended up taking it home. I gave the guy $75 for the frame, fork and a very nice 105 headset. I have a mostly complete Ultegra 6500 group I will build it up with. I still need a few parts and a wheelset. The wheelset will probably eat up most of my budget at this point.
This will be my only roadie right now. It will mostly serve as my commuter now and maybe for some casual triathlons in the future. Anyone have any opinions or any info on these frames? I am new to the road bike thing, so any opinions or advice on my basic plan would be appreciated.
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