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  1. #1
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    X Bike Frame Advice Needed

    Getting the hubby a new X frame for a present because we are having our first baby and I have a feeling he is going to need a little gift to work on while baby is screaming.

    He has been riding a Rock Lobster for 5 years and now it is time to upgrade. Are there any frames that you would suggest out there?

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    Specialized 2010 stumpjumper fsr!

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    Rock Lobsters are fine handmade steel frames. Why would he need to "upgrade" from such a good frame?

    The dude above me offered a suggestion on a MTB not a cross bike.

    Is your husband a serious cross racer?

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    Is the frame bent or something? How about a sweet wheel upgrade instead. As UC said no need to upgrade that frame unless you go titanium

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    X Bike

    No not bent or broken just want to get him bike #2. He has gotten into racing the past couple of years and has been doing pretty well. For next season I want him to have a new bike with the Rock Lobster as his backup.

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    I would never suggest buying a frame for a racer unless I knew the racer's likes/dislikes on frame material, frame design, frame geometry.

    Honestly, I would ask your man what he would buy if buying for himself, and get him one. Getting a new frame of a type he wants is better than simply getting a new frame. Cross bikes come in different frame material, different geometries, different handling. A fancy new frame that doesn't fit his wants or needs isn't an improvement!

    If you want a generic suggestion, I suggest a custom frame from Rick Hunter or Todd Ingermanson.

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    New parts/freshen up it's spec, and perhaps a fresh coat of paint or powder?

    Then pick up a plain generic bike company X crossbike to serve as the backup.
    Florence Nightingale's Stormtrooper

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    I have nothing to offer other than you sound like a bitchin' catch.

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    ^+1. Are you some sort of anti-troll?

    This is not simple because of the geometry. If he's been riding and liking the Rock Lobster for 5 years then you might want to find something with pretty similar dimensions. Any dedicated cross racing frame is going to be good at that and less good at most other things. Just something to think about before dropping 3K+.

    How about talking to a local builder and setting up a time for them to talk options? That would be a really neat "gift" to open...He's clearly got decent taste given the RL and a lady who wants to buy him a second bike to complement the kid, so he might be more into something custom.

    (this might give an idea of what's out there if you're not already aware)

    http://www.handmadebicycleshow.com/c...10-exhibitors/


    Otherwise, a few options, depending on the budget:

    crabon fibre
    http://www.ridley-bikes.com/pd/us/en...locross/x-fire
    http://www.rideblue.com/norcross.php
    http://www.ibiscycles.com/road/hakkalugi/

    scrandillium
    http://norco.com/bikes/road/ccx/ccx-sl/
    http://www.konaworld.com/bike.cfm?content=majorjake
    http://www.voodoocycles.net/limba.htm

    allminimum
    http://www.santacruzmtb.com/stigmata/
    http://www.redlinebicycles.com/bikes...-conquest-team

    recycled russian warhead
    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes..._1062270_-1___
    (made by Lynskey, a decent builder)

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