Anything that came out lately ?
Seems like it's quiet on the "alloy side" of the bike frames planet...
Haven't seen any Pro-lite or the like kind of frames, and most of the cheap frames are around 1400-1550 g and more ...
I built up one of these last week to (temporarily) replace the Pro-Lite that is trying to kill me (joking...a little) ;
It is available locally for about $300 with fork and headset.
The frame weight for a 53cm TT model is 1170g, The fork was 380g uncut and the headset has a very nicely machined (thin) upper and stem cap.
It is very comfortable although the stock fork is a bit flexible. Most importantly, It tracks well on the rough and slippery roads here and I can get 25s on it.
I've got an MTB and SS frame by the same company which are both fairly light. Regardless of price point all their stuff is very well painted, although unfortunately colored in an OEM-ish palette.
Perhaps not exactly in your neck of the woods, but alloy stuff is still out there.
This site says that the 52.5 is 1170g.
http://2011.pro-lite.net/index.php?opti ... &Itemid=76
It's not my siffest frame, but it's a pleasant, lively ride, and I race on it quite a bit
It's a safe guess that you've already considered a Caad, and I realize that's not what you asked, but you could do a lot worse than grabbing an old one.
My old 58 Caad8 is 1265g, which surprised me.
I'm constantly watching for used TCR's and CAAD's, but it's for my 4' 9'' 1/2 twin daughters, so I need two XS or XXS frames (sizes 44 to 48).
Ideally 43-ish cm seat tube and maximum 50 cm top tube. Not exactly common sizes...
I don't want to put too much $$$ because I'll have to buy two bigger bikes, or frames in a year or two...
And "chinese carbon" is aroud $450. for a decent frameset. They're around 80 lbs each, so I'm not worried for durability or harshness...
A decent road race geometry is better, because they're mostly for criteriums, and skills games, so the bike has to be fast handling...hence the older CAAD's as favourites.
The road models that Mosso offers are available as 47cm c/t with 50cm tt, 50cm/53cm and sometimes a 52/54.5.
I had a quick look at some of my favorite cheap-bastard haunts and found the following:
Nashbar alloy frames are too long in the TT
Performance frames are too big and too heavy
Check Chainreaction Cycles. They offer free shipping and have a couple of Raleigh and Ridley frames that might work;
Check out this frame at PlanetX Bikes (don't know about shipping);
As a fellow Canadian I feel for you in this endeavour owing to the FABULOUS service we usually get from Canada Post
Lastly, Damn you Louis! I found another frame I don't need. I'm a sucker for this paint scheme...
mrs.monkeyburger took one look at the screen and said, "no"...
Have a great whatever time it is there,
Now we've got him a virtually unused Trek 1500 in 43cm. We bought the complete bike for £400 and sold all the components effectively making the frame free. It fits him absolutely perfectly and although the frame weighs 1400g, with some careful choices in components the build is only 6.5kg in total, for just over £1000. Lot of parts were bought new to get very specific sizes so the price could come down a lot if you're less fussy with parts sizes.
How many drivers does a buggy have?
So let's just say I'm drivin' this buggy...
and if you fix your attitude you can ride along with me.
My other three bikes are a Giant TCR SL (2012 Taiwan version), a Pro-Lite Carrara, and a Velocite Selene. All alloy.
Giant TCR SL = WIN... amazing bike, stunning looks and performance, 15lbs with 50mm tubulars and SRAM Force; too bad we can't get these in the US
Pro-Lite Carrara = everyday bike; SRAM Rival & Reynolds Attacks; <16lbs
Velocite Selene = VERY STIFF; SRAM Force... 16.5lbs built with heavy components/wheels, but strangely doesn't feel "fast"; bombproof though
When searching for good alloy frames I put this list together; cataloging frames that I found during my search, although I left out some of the more boutique builders... not that I didn't consider them though (Tsunami, Spooky, Rock Lobster, etc).
After riding quite a few alloy frames, the tapered head tubes offer noticeably better handling, so I only considered those; maybe naive but figured this was the "safe" route to go based on experience.
The Pro-Lite Carrara that I own comes in a 44cm frame (I ride the 49), and honestly it is the most comfortable of all my frames. I have it built with Assault Clinchers w/Pro4's, Ritchey Evo Curve Bars, SLK Stem, S950 BB30 Crank, e*13 BB, Tektro R741 brakes, SRAM Rival shifters, FD, RD, and SLR atop a P6 Carbon. At under 16lbs, it makes a great everyday bike... It gives up a bit to the TCR SL and Neo Hyper... and the Selene, is well, the Selene... about as unrefined as it gets, but damn it is durable and insanely stiff.
For inexpensive non-tapered frames, I'd look at Planet-X and Ribble as others have mentioned. They seem to have a great selection and great prices.
In the future, a Gualzetti Corsa with full Enve is on my list. When I'm independently wealthy, of course. Although, I think the TCR SL with the 1.5-1.25 HT is possibly the best alloy frame available right now... though haven't ridden the Canyon Ultimate AL.
and the Selene, is well, the Selene... about as unrefined as it gets, but damn it is durable and insanely stiff.
I just got my Selene frame last week. Will be a multi-month project on the build, so not ridden it. You saying the ride is horribly harsh?
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