I'm currently pedalling on two very same same bikes, a Mercian and Dawes both setup for touring.
Trouble is they both only have a clearance for max 35's.
I'm a big fan of the Rivendell lugged steel frame's & their clearance, not such a fan of their price tag + postage costs.
Anyone know of frame builders out there building similar steel frames with larger clearance at a more modest price?
Guessing your Dawes/Mercian only take 35mm without guards? A trad UK tourer would typically have had 32mm (1¼") tyres, so finding something with bigger clearances is tricky. My old Eclipse can just about squeeze 35mm tyres and guards in there, but it's pretty tight; if not set up for cantis, finding suitable deep-drop brakes is tricky (the Eclipse has Weinmann centrepulls). I'm not sure there is much available OTP - what are the most important Riv-a-like qualities for you, apart from wide clearances? I'm guessing rim brakes, slackish angles, threaded headset, lugged frame? My immediate thought for a rim-braked tourer with wide clearances is the Surly LHT, but it's not lugged and has a threadless headset. the Stanforths are nice but not massively cheap - once you're at that level you might as well be looking at a custom builder IMO.
Trek 970. Incredibly good frame.
But if you fancy a framebuilder who does great work like that, look at Llewellyn, Varonha, Woodrup.
Discussion on the topic here: https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/rbw-owners-bunch/LDgN-ihgqxo
Allcity Spacehorse , clearance for 45s and guards. not lugged but classic looks and ride well.
Hard to come by, as it's an archived frame for All City, gone discs you see. @markturnip If you're not too fussed about lugs try Soma, or Surly, both steel, larger tyre clearances than your current bikes, canti/ long drop calipers ready.
Surly LHT/Disc Trucker both build up very nicely in that Riv vein.
Hey all. Thanks heaps for responses, been great looking through advice.
Seems the Surly Crosscheck can be built up real nice with plenty clearance:
Although seems the Dawes Wildcat or similar can be build up pretty nice!
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