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I'm between these three, just wanted to get other opinions between these BLB Classic, Pake Rum Runner, and Surly Steamroller frames and maybe a review from someone who's ridden them. Thanks!
     
March 6, 2016 02:44 AM
ale8705
From: Eugene, OR
41 posts
3 bikes
that...is 3. if the blb is still made with Reynolds 520 then I would say get that. it also looks the best, in my opinion. the steamroller is cool if you want to fit wider cross tires on it and they're tough as nails. the rum runner has proven to be a classic. only ridden a steamroller though so take that for what it's worth.
     
March 6, 2016 03:22 PM
moose
From: southern california
475 posts
6 bikes
"Reynolds 520" is just a fancy name for butted 4130 cro-mo. All three frames you're considering are pretty much made of the same steel.

If you're cool with a 1" threaded setup, the Classic R really is a great frameset for the money. The paint is excellent and that fork is really nice.

Rum Runners are a little on the heavy side but are very underrated in my opinion. They're decent quality, no-frills frames with track geo that can take a hell of a beating. Every one I've built up for a customer has ended up being a really cool bike.

I've never been a huge fan of Steamrollers but they are good frames and I know a few people who absolutely love them. If you plan on running bigger tires, racks, fenders, etc. that's where your money should go.
     
March 6, 2016 03:59 PM
Scrodzilla
From: South of Heaven
1005 posts
2 bikes
ah, then surly steamroller gets my vote
     
March 6, 2016 04:05 PM
moose
From: southern california
475 posts
6 bikes
Surly Steamroller x 2
     
March 8, 2016 10:27 PM
mktng
From: Ottawa, ON Canada
816 posts
22 bikes
One of my friends bought the blb lo pro and tried to ask for a shorter frame size, and they never replied
     
March 17, 2016 01:55 PM
MASTERKEef
From: Indianapolis, IN
22 posts
3 bikes
^^^Companies aren't really responsible for peoples poor choices. Your friend should have checked the specs before he bought. They aren't some big box store that can just sell and return things because people make silly purchases.


Doesn't make them a bad company
     
March 19, 2016 04:35 PM
mktng
From: Ottawa, ON Canada
816 posts
22 bikes
Steamrollers are really a lifetime beater bike, it's gonna take a lot to destroy and wide tires are a ton of fun.

A Pake frame with a carbon fork wouldn't be so bad, I think the stock pake steel fork is something like 4 pounds on its own. Definitely liked mine.
     
March 21, 2016 11:29 PM
ayyyyy
From: LA, CA
57 posts
16 bikes
If you think you will want to run wider tires at some point, the Steamroller for sure. Fixed, SS road, CX, gravel, singletrack, you name it, it can do it.
     
March 25, 2016 07:42 PM
+1 surly
     
May 5, 2016 06:14 AM
ghostridethewhip
From: bay area
500 posts
0 bikes
One vote for the pake here. I'm a no frills minimilalist kinda guy when it comes to fixies. I don't want holes or racks or fat tires or none of that. I don't even want no stinkin stainless dropouts. Just give me butted cro-mo in my geo and let me build the rest out. Thank you very much.
     
July 25, 2016 04:04 AM
Kilo TT best frameset for the money hands down
     
July 26, 2016 05:36 PM
guslesaffre
From: Portland
90 posts
4 bikes
^ Yeah, no.
     
July 26, 2016 08:54 PM
Scrodzilla
From: South of Heaven
1005 posts
2 bikes
+1 kilo tt all day err day
     
July 26, 2016 09:49 PM
ghostridethewhip
From: bay area
500 posts
0 bikes
In reference to Kamizrazy's reply, i think all three of those bikes, or at the very least I'm sure the Pake is straight gauge 4130, no butting, which explains the weight. The the OP, I'd pick the pake and get one of those threadless lugged forks from Scrod, or even better, a Bareknuckle fork. I think RumKnuckles are cool.
     
August 3, 2016 01:55 AM
Pake Pre Rum runner is cool if you're into 1 inch headtubes!
I've seen completes with shit components go for about $250 on CL.
Gutt it and build it with tlc.
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August 4, 2016 05:09 PM
You've got the old version. Rum Runners have had 1 1/8" head tubes for at least six years.
     
August 4, 2016 06:13 PM
Scrodzilla
From: South of Heaven
1005 posts
2 bikes
I bought a run runner about 3 years ago and somehow got sent one with a 1 inch headtube on accident, I was pretty stoked
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August 4, 2016 09:44 PM
I have a Pake Rum runner with a Bontrager rxl carbon fork and it's hands down the best bike to ride I've ever had (and thats saying a lot) and have been told by numerous people how great it feel to ride and how smooth it feels, most of these people being owners of much higher end track frames. Also very nice to have a 1/8th headtube. That being said I've built mine up with high end parts but have stiill beaten the hell out of it. Best bet IMO
     
September 6, 2016 01:41 AM
check my pedalroom if you want pics
     
September 6, 2016 01:41 AM
Just got the steamroller... Holy shit! it's amazing!
     
September 6, 2016 04:39 PM
@Recycledpizza nice RR, though that must be the first time in a couple of years that I've seen chub hubs again, even on the internet. LOL.
     
September 7, 2016 07:48 AM
@scroodzilla.
Pre rum runner = older than 2010
     
September 29, 2016 10:13 PM
Same frame, different size head tube.
     
September 29, 2016 11:20 PM
Scrodzilla
From: South of Heaven
1005 posts
2 bikes
what about R725 ?
     
October 1, 2016 06:10 PM
tszhin
From: Queens
45 posts
5 bikes

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