November 14, 2011 4:43 PM Subscribe
TINY TRACK. I want to know every single option for a short girl building a fixed-gear bike. What manufacturers make frames smaller than 47cm?
posted by Juliet Banana to Travel & Transportation (14 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
BRANDS THAT MAKE FIXED GEAR/SINGLESPEED COMPLETE BIKES, FRAMESETS, OR FRAMES 47CM OR SMALLER This is not an endorsement of quality: Jamis, Gunnar, Mercier, Fuji, Milwaukee Bicycle Company (FGFS bike, not track), All-City (FGFS bike, not track), Surly, Swobo. POST MORE OF THESE
BRANDS THAT MAKE FIXED GEAR BIKES BUT ONLY IN LARGER SIZES They may or may not make smaller geared bikes: Trek, Torelli, Cinelli, Euro-Asia Imports (manufactures keirin bikes under multiple brand names), State Bicycle Co, Leader, Masi, Soma, Felt, Brooklyn Machine Works. IF YOU POST ANYTHING BY THESE BRANDS, YOU DIDN'T READ THE QUESTION.
I'm a five-foot-one female with a 27" inseam. The tallest bikes I feel comfortable on have 47cm seattubes; I know it's all vague measures that vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, but I'm tiny enough that I know anything 48cm+ is way too tall. Once I narrow my options down by size, I know enough about my own preferences to figure out what my best option is; but I need to know every option available in order to make an informed decision.
MORE INFORMATION FOR BIKE NERDS: This will be built up as an all-around fixed gear street bike/commuter with a front brake. I'm looking for a frameset only (my lovely custom frame died in a car accident, I still have the rest of the parts) though I have enough connections that I might be able to find someone willing to part out something that's usually sold as a complete bike. If a frame is sold without a fork, that's fine, I can get a fork. I need a fork that's drilled for brakes or a fork that can be drilled for brakes. I'm looking for a sort of relaxed track geometry, the FGFS bikes mentioned above were only mentioned for sake of completeness.
I'd prefer steel. I'm pretty heart set on a respected manufacturer; something made in the country where the company is based, not in Taiwan, is a huge bonus. Preference given for 700c, though I'd consider reluctantly 650s, points deducted for any sort of unnecessary braze-ons. I'm looking to spend about $400-$700, so, like, I'm not going to buy a Mercier Kilo TT, but I also can't afford a custom Panasonic NJS frame, you know?
PLEASE DO NOT POST: custom bike makers (I'm painfully aware of them, believe me, it's out of my budget right now), frames built to be geared bikes, frames where the seat tube is over 47cm