When I touted the idea of putting out tracklocross information, one of the most asked questions was what track frames could clear 32 mm wide tyres? Below you’ll see the frames that can handle wider tyres for getting out and about through your local woods. The list will hopefully be organic and will be updated and changed as I find more frames. No links in the text are affiliate links.
The All-City Big Block is a track legal frame with clearance for 32 mm tyres and a set of bottle bosses. Making it a simple conversion to tracklocross. The Big Block is also drilled for brakes, go with long drop to make life easier.
The Surly Steamroller is the quintessential do everything fixed gear. It has clearance for 700 x 38 mm tyres (you don’t want to try and use standard track wheel rims here if you’re going for 38 mm tyres). It has brake holes drilled and has fender eyelets.
The Pake Rum Runner is a great no-nonsense choice for a tracklocross frame. You’ll find clearance for 32 mm tyres and a rear brake hole. You’ll also find that the frame decals are supplied, and it is up to you if you want to run them.
The Squid So-Ez is all about tracklocross. It comes with 40 mm tyre clearance, but to help get this clearance you get a 135 mm back end. To get a fixed wheel, you can either buy one a 135 mm fixed rear hub, change the axle in a standard track hub for a longer axle, or use a mountain bike disc hub and fit an iso cog to the disc brake mount, we’ve got an article coming on that. Squid also have a crank/hub guide chart.
It is technically not a frameset but with “wide tyres” in its name it is pretty hard to miss out. The Mercier Kilo WT can fit tyres up to 45 mm, which is 1.75″ for those allergic to the metric system. It is also the same price, or cheaper, than some of the framesets here, so you could argue you are getting bang for your buck, and it might be the easiest way to enjoy tracklocross.
The Soma Rush can clear 32 mm tyres without brakes, and only 28 mm with them. Even though it is still a great 4130 steel frame and look fantastic, you’ll be able to use it as the heart of custom build and still not break the bank. Unlike many of the frames here it uses a 1″ threaded headset, which gives it a great retro look but make sure you remember that when ordering parts.
The Cinelli Tutto Plus might be all the bikes you need rolled into one. It comes with a massive tyre clearance of 45 mm, achieved by using a 130 mm rear hub width. You can even add brakes and a rear derailleur if you want. It won’t be a tracklocross bike, but it does mean you get more than one bike with this frameset’s purchase.
Mash might just be one of the most highly coveted of brands. If you can get one, you’ll find clearance for 38 mm wide tyres and a set of double water bottle mounts so you can be out for longer.
The Veloci Old Street is another tracklocross frameset that comes with removable v-brake studs, so that might let you also use the bike in some cyclocross races as well as tracklocrossing. You’ll also find clearance for 35 mm wide tyres, which might upset the UCI if you become a pro-cyclocrosser.
The Poseidon FX can fit 38 mm tyres, and if you follow Youtubers, it might just be the best bang for buck tracklocross frameset available. It is also the first non-steel frameset in this guide. It might just be the one that lets you afford to go tracklocrossing.
The Brother Allday is another of the utilitarian versions of a tracklocross frameset. The Allday can clear 35 mm wide tyres and has fender and rack mounts, so you can go and play or go and use your bike to collect your shopping.
Carrying on with our utility theme, the Omnium CXC is another steel bike that can be run in various ways. It comes with a 135 mm rear end and clearance for 37 mm wide tyres. It comes as a single speed bike, but you could disconnect the rear brake, fit an ISO cog and flip the wheel. Change the tyres, and you have a low-cost tracklocross beast.
The Octane One Zoid isn’t available as a frameset, but it is a cheap complete. The bike can run 42 mm tyres and has enough clearance for a barspin if you want that. The Zoid is constructed from hi-ten steel rather than the higher grades we see elsewhere, which helps keep the price down. That doesn’t necessarily mean it is bad, just that it’ll be heavier, but if you’re in the EU and don’t want to spend a lot on a new tracklocross bike, then this might be a good option for you.