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    Default Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    I'm on the hunt for a steel frame-set to build up as a commuter/goofing-off bike. Which means riding everything, but mostly back and forth between two fixed points, and possibly converted to SSCX sometime in the future. In an ideal world, it would be manufactured in north america and would be well under $1000.

    I remember hearing a while back that QBP was going to start something like this (USA manufacturing of Surly-type bikes), but have heard nothing since.

    Another possible option is a used mtb from the 80s/90s (there are several lugged treks kicking around, but non-external cup threaded bottom brackets are beyond my ken) which would be a fun project but much could go awry.

    Are there options out there? Cheap is a relative term, but essentially i'm after a production sort of bike, no frills, that's similar to Surly/All-City, etc but manufactured closer to home. So, plain, fun to ride, and OK to lock up outside overnight without undue fretting.

    Sorry if this has been overanalyzed in commuter woes, but I thought it might be of interest.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    https://www.benscycle.com/c-110-milw...x#PowerSearch=[Category:Frames]&PriceMin=[0]&PriceMax=[1299.99]&PriceStart=[0]&PriceEnd=[1299.99]&PageNum=[1]&SortBy=[Name%20ASC]&ItemsPerPage=[20]&View=[GridView]
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Not sure if this fits your requirements for cheap and convertible to SSCX, but certainly steel and made in USA:

    The Paycheck, Disk Cyclocross Frame / Full Carbon Fork | Wraith Fabrication

    Disclaimer: I have the road version of this (Hustle). Happy with it.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Gunnar?
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Get something used from eBay. Gunnars are great bikes and can be had used in good shape for around $1000 if you keep your eyes open.
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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Not steel, but there are a couple Specialized Crux frames in the classifieds that would be good options. One is a 54cm and the other is a 56cm, if they are still around.

    Also aluminum, there is the venerable Redline Conquest. Seems like those things are everywhere.

    Otherwise Surly/All-City for steel. Frame prices are in the $6-700 range.
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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Just so you know the bottom brackets shells on those lugged treks are going to compatible with external cup bbs.
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    Ben's. My Milwaukee Road does CX, Commuter, Brevet, and did Fast Group Rides when it had to. Ben's is nice folks too.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Kevin Grady
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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Quote Originally Posted by sleepyfu View Post
    Not sure if this fits your requirements for cheap and convertible to SSCX, but certainly steel and made in USA:

    The Paycheck, Disk Cyclocross Frame / Full Carbon Fork | Wraith Fabrication

    Disclaimer: I have the road version of this (Hustle). Happy with it.
    I'll likely go in this direction before the end of the year.

    I really don't see how I could go wrong.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    I echo this.
    The mountains are calling and I must go.

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Marinoni, duh.

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Dude, Black Mountain Cycles. Their Taiwan frames are $600, if you want to cut costs, and are a great value. Their Made in USA frames go for ~$1700 IIRC.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Steel, made in north america, cheap, custom, made in your home state. Pick 5. Not under $1k, but ....just eat ramen for a month.

    Elephant Bikes
     

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    Glen's the man. Acquaintance of mine just took delivery of one of the gravel bikes he did the production run of. Haven't heard a ride report yet though.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Bike swap is in two weeks. $500 should score you whatever you're looking for.
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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacques View Post
    Marinoni, duh.
    new wont be the well under 1000$ he wants

    i think that is yours sticking point, bump your price to 1500$ and hte world is your oyster
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Civilian Vive le Roi ?
    VIVE LE ROI B - Civilian - Civilian

    Steel, discs, can be used with gears or singlespeed, seems quite versatile to me.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    Geez, I thought he said "cheap"..

    Milwaukee made by Waterford seems like the cheapest made in USA option.
     

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    Default Re: Steel, made in north america, cheap. Pick 3.

    If you're considering a used bike, it doesn't matter where it's made.
    Got some cash
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