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Frame and Forks Advice
« on: December 31, 2017, 10:43:22 pm »
Looking to update my bike, currently I have a 1970 Holdsworth which I've converted to Fixed, however at 47 years old its time to change. So I'm looking for ideas. Frame and fork only as I have all the bits I need. must have clearance for 28mm tyres plus mudguards and two bottle mounts. Not disk or canti braking.
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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #1 on: January 01, 2018, 10:27:04 am »
There are plenty of options that fit those requirements, you may need to be more specific. Are you looking to get something similar as a replacement, or something different as n+1? Budget?

There are some suggestions on this thread: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=94936.0

Holdsworth appear to offer frames that fit the bill, though their website is completely screwed up and the only one I can see at a retailer is cheap and cheerful. Worth looking at: Pompino, Pearson, Condor Tempo.

I have all the bits I need.

If by this you're intending to swap parts over from the Holdsworth, you will find a lot of things don't fit on a modern frame.
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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #2 on: January 01, 2018, 10:52:01 am »
My philosophy was always that your old frame was converted to fixed. However, horizontal dropouts are seldom found on other than ancient frames nowadays, so I had a new fixed frame built in 2015. 

I specified long, road dropouts (I dislike track-ends on road bikes), but otherwise copied the dimensions of the road/touring frame. Unfortunately the company (Qoroz) seem to have stopped supplying frames.

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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #3 on: January 01, 2018, 11:26:40 am »
There's the Bob Jackson Vigorelli http://www.bobjacksoncycles.co.uk/product/vigorelli-track/ but not sure it ticks all your boxes, indicates that it takes 28c tyres but that seems to be with standard drop brakes so I'm guessing that is without mudguards. You also have to request mudguard fittings and rear brake fitting - looks a very nice frame though. I've been looking around at what's available for a while but in no hurry as I have a converted road frame but I reckon the Condor Tempo (mentioned above) is pretty spot on and available as a frameset but a tad pricey. Let us know what you choose.

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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 09:26:04 am »
Thanks for the replies, I've more or less dismissed PlanetX Holdsworth frame as max tyres is 28mm without mudguards and 25 with plus its heavy....
I've started to look closely at Dolan, though their nearest incarnation allows 25mm tyres plus mudguards.
I intend using wheels brakes etc off the Holdsworth, though these are modern parts as in 700 wheels and long reach brakes etc.
My budget wouldn't allow for a custom build £300 tops.
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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 01:40:46 pm »
I've got a Dolan FXE and about to order another one - used for commuting, training and Audax (I've done a 600k on it).   Frame/forks/headset/seatpin for £235.

The headset on my first one went within a year but you can't really complain at that price.

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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #6 on: January 05, 2018, 10:38:04 pm »
Thanks Rob, you have reinforced what I've found so far. Just need to justify another bike to the other half  ???
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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2018, 11:44:03 am »
Dolan bought, rebuild coming!!1
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Re: Frame and Forks Advice
« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2018, 04:58:19 pm »
Dolan FXE in service  ;D. So far so good, impressed with service from Dolan, only gripe was a tight bottom bracket thread both sides, but a bit of careful insertion seems to have resolved that!
It's certainly nippier than the Holdsworth, not sure how the extra rigidity will relate on longer (for me) rides. 300 km max seems likeliest!!!
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