Looking for a s/h ht steel frame -
Items under consideration at the moment are
Dialled Prince Alberts,
On One 456
Orange R8 (poss a p7)
any good frames I've missed?
Looking at Cotics, it seems any of any age at all all seem to suffer chainsuck damage to the chainstays - is this a problem with them generally? Or just indication they get hard use? Or am I just unlucky in my s/h trawl?
I am looking for a do it all bike, I am not a heavy rider nor very "rufty tufty", and it needs to be just about ok for the road as well as off road. Tbh the list above might be a bit "overbiked" for me, and so amopen to any other ideas.
The other thing is size? I have an old p7 of 99 vintage, which is 17 inch, but tbh Oranges idea of a 17 is everyone elses 15.5/16, and so thinking need a 16/small frame rather than a medium? I am 5'6 - inside leg about 30, but a short top half - ie my jackets fit best "short" whereas sometimes I can get away with regular trousers, if the trousers are "shorter" than average.
Any recommendations welcome or owners opinions, + any other ideas - the snob in me who has to lift it up and down 6 flights of stairs also likes the idea of 853.