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    Looking for a steel frame

    As title says I am looking for a steel frame with a top tube length of 51.5 to 52.5, rech between 365 and 375 that takes caliper brakes and can fit a wide rim (I have Derby carbon rims that measure 29mm external width) with room for 28-30c tires. Soma has discontinued the ES, All-City has discontinued the Mr. Pink. I like the Jamis Quest, but have not found anyone selling just a frameset and not sure it takes such a wide rim. I want this as a budget build, so no custom bike recommendations. Anyone you know willing to sell something used, or your local shop have any old stock?

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    Go look on ebay. I've purchased several used Eddy Merckx frames there in pristine condition. Not what you're looking for (disc brakes ... ugh), but its worth a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    Go look on ebay. I've purchased several used Eddy Merckx frames there in pristine condition. Not what you're looking for (disc brakes ... ugh), but its worth a try.
    Been searching Ebay and Craiglist for a long time now. I was hoping this post would help dig up other resources.

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    That seems an awfully small frame. Just out of curiosity, not that it matters at all, are you a woman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackgoo View Post
    That seems an awfully small frame. Just out of curiosity, not that it matters at all, are you a woman?
    No, I am a man, but I am 5'4" with long legs (30.5" inseam/saddle height of 66.5cm) and a short torso. I currently ride a size 47cm Niner RLT 9 and a XS Giant OCRc3 and am looking to replace the Giant.

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    I don't know but it's worth checking to see if Surly has anything that fits your criteria.

    Gunnar too although it sounds like they may be beyond your budget. "Only" about $1200 for frame but that doesn't include the fork.

    Also look at Milwaukee Bicycle company. They make a bunch of reasonably priced steel frames but no idea if one will fit your criteria.

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    Don't know if this suits you, cantilever brakes and 53cm TT, but here it is. Another problem is it's out of stock till November.

    https://blackmtncycles.com/frames/cross-frames/
    Too old to ride plastic

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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    Don't know if this suits you, cantilever brakes and 53cm TT, but here it is. Another problem is it's out of stock till November.

    https://blackmtncycles.com/frames/cross-frames/
    I have seen those, it is a little big. I wish he still did his road frame with caliper brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by offrhodes2 View Post
    I have seen those, it is a little big. I wish he still did his road frame with caliper brakes.
    Yeah, I was originally going to link to that when I saw they were discontinued.
    Too old to ride plastic

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