Brother cycles... Cheap as chips frames

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  • Does anyone have any opinons on these frame makers? They look good, sell for about £200.
    Double-butted 4130 chromoly tubing, maybe a perfect from for a nice cheap bike..
    Could this compete with the steamroller?

    http://www.brothercycles.com/store

    what do you think?

  • If purchased with one of our frames we also have some light-weight alloy body Tange bottom brackets available... they have the hollow axle to shed some pounds!

    'kin hell, how heavy were those BBs to start off with?

  • They seem to be £299 actually.. which doesn't seem that cheap to me...

  • Look like your typical tawianese steel frame like the Alien (but with some slight difference), £299 doesn't seemed bad for a double butted lugged frame.

    but no way it can complete with the legendary Steamroller, this is Surly we're talking about.

  • wish surly just did threaded forks again grrrr

  • why should they? they're inferior.

    plus you can get a steamroller fork in 1".

  • £300 isn't really cheap as chips mate is it?

  • If I was looking for a cheap but strong frame I'd probably pick one of these up fair enough they are in the US but you are only looking at about £200.

    I almost bought one myself and probably will once I've got the funds.

  • £300 may not be cheap, but it is a lugged frame, you don't often see a fully lugged frame for that low.

  • Heh, 'scat'

  • Spenceey, that looks like a tempting option but I've never bought anything of size (or considerable value come to think of it) from the US. Is it a definite that you'll get stung for customs and tax when your goods arrive?

  • Yeah chances are you will get stung on import. But I worked it out that even with the cost of import duty you won't pay over £200 for the frame and forks.

  • If I was looking for a cheap but strong frame I'd probably pick one of these up fair enough they are in the US but you are only looking at about £200.

    It doesn't come with a fork and that make a huge difference on just that alone.

    edit - just saw the price, didn't notice that £200 is both frame and fork, just sold seperately;

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes/Pro­duct2_10052_10551_1028341_-1

  • $200 dollars for the frame and forks, which in pounds (todays rate) is £135 quid.

    Shipping (14-21 days) is - $90 = £60.

    So you can have a whole bike for £195 minus import tax, which you might get away with.

  • I like it, I like the f+f combo too. I don't believe their RRPs though.

  • Why not?

    They are a big company in the US, bit like halfords over here.

    The track frame in question is also rated quite highly if you google it.

  • Fair enough, you've sold it to me. You're not THE Scattante are you?..

  • No I'm not, would quite like to see one in the flesh though mate, can you stick some pictures up once it turns up?

  • ty at the footdown has had one for a few weks. drop him a mail http://www.thefootdown.co.uk/2010/05/23/­brother-cycles-track-frame/

  • tokyo fixed sell em as well

  • No I'm not, would quite like to see one in the flesh though mate, can you stick some pictures up once it turns up?

    I'm going to dwell on this one for a little while longer and see what other options there are to be had from across the pond. If anything I may try and get it ground shipped to someone in the US for gratis and work out my own courier costs from there whilst being sneaky beaky in the process.

  • it will probably workout the same price as buying one direct from brother in this country.

  • Bike Snob has one and has reviewed in detail. Google!

  • built up pics of the brother http://www.thefootdown.co.uk/2010/06/18/­fixed-gear-bike/
    not only does it look pretty nice in my opinion but it also seems to have ability to stand up on its own

  • *"Yes, I admit I drool over spindly keirin track bikes with miscroscopic clearances but do I **need one? Do you *need one? Is paying top dollar for the NJS stamp actually worth it just to hammer around town? Unless you are a total bellend you know that the answer is no, riding a fixed gear should not be about Ltd. Ed.’s, stamps or high priced NOS, it should be about riding a bike the way that your great great grandfather rode one, it should be about fun and simplicity and the pain of getting to the top of a big hill with only your own strength to thank at the top."

    I like him.

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