via Craigslist. It was in mint condition and I basically bought for a small fraction of the retail price - the lady who was selling it got it as a gift from her ex-boyfriend and just wanted to get rid of it. However, I misjudged my wife's frame size - she should be riding a smaller bike. Being that this bike has great components, I have decided to replace the frame. Help me do it!
A little more background:
After I bought it we decided to go to a professional bike fitter and see what he could do about the size. He tried replacing the regular-sized stem with a ridiculously small stem and made several other tweaks. But after two rounds of adjustments my wife was still feeling quite a bit of pain in her hands and feet, and everything indicates she's overextended on the bike. So there's no solution but a smaller sized bike - 50cm according to the fit specialist.
So we had two options - sell the bike and buy a new one on the correct size OR buy a frame on the right size and keep the components. This bike has fantastic components - great wheels, drivetrain, pedals, everything. If I sell it and buy a new bike, I'll never be able to get one with this level of quality within my budget. However, if I replace the stock Cannondale frame with a good, reasonably priced, steel road frame and keep the components, I will end up with an awesome steel road bike, a little heavier than the original, but more comfortable to ride (I'm a big fan of steel) and on the right size for her.
First, a note about my wife's riding style - she's not a racer and not a roadie. But she likes riding a fast bike for fun, for short/medium distances and never rode more than 30 miles in a single outing. She does likes her bikes fast and responsive, but being comfortable and pain-free are important factors. She use to ride a hybrid and enjoyed riding that, but once she tried a road bike, she can't go back to upright, less aggressive riding anymore.
So, I decided to replace the frame. I did some research and there are two frames that I think have a good price/quality ratio for my purposes.
First, the Soma ES
. I like the price (around $399, minus fork) and the fact that it's a road frame with a more comfortable geometry according to the blurb on Soma's website.
Second, the Surly Pacer
. I has a similar price to the Soma (seems to be a little cheaper) and Surly is a good manufacturer that seems to be quite respected.
I am assuming that the components on the Cannondale will basically fit these frames without much drama, since these are modern steel frames. I considered looking into used road frames on eBay, but I'm afraid to buy something that is not compatible with the existing components.
So, on to the questions -
Any other steel frames on that price range I should be looking at?
Am I correct in my assumption that these components will fit a modern steel frame?
Is buying used road frames on eBay a risky proposition?
Are there any other options I may be missing?
Thanks a lot for your help!