The first part of the guide to frames for tracklocross has proven to be a bit of a hit, and I’ve also had people send me other options and frames to look at and see what I think. Now, I’ve started to compile a second guide so that we don’t end up with a massive mess of a post.
If you’ve ever learnt to ride at a velodrome, the chances are that the hire bike was a Dolan Pre Cursa. It is a reliable frIf you’ve ever learnt to ride at a velodrome, the chances are that the hire bike was a Dolan Pre Cursa. It is a reliable frameset that builds a great little track bike at an excellent price. Given that they do a grass track bike with this frame with 35mm wide Conti tyres, we can assume it has some good tracklocross clearance.
Made out of Reynolds 725 steel and under £500 for a frameset, then the Ribble 725s might just be the answer you need for your tracklocross build. With tyre clearance of up to 38mm, you’ll be able to join the club with ease and first many of the new modern gravel tyres to your steed.
The Skream Anodiz might not have the same tyre clearance as their Ranger model. But, it does come for a lot less cash. It will still fit 32mm wide tyres, which can be plenty wide depending on where you live. It also features tube shapes that are a bit extravagant if you are used to skinny steel tubes.
The Hitchhiker is one of those frames designed to raid your spares drawer and build the bike you need. The BLB Hitchhiker is another one of those frames to pick if you don’t know if you’ll stick with tracklocross. You can run discs, cantis, no brakes, racks, fenders, and has clearance for 42mm tyres. It might not be fancy, but it’ll certainly get you down the road.