Buena Vista Disc Frame Set
A true mixte frame with the double top tube/stays. Obviously offers lots of standover height and style as well. You'll find the geometry is more sporty, than upright-comfy. Though it can be built up to suit either demeanor. Drop bars? Sure. Moustache bars? Of course. And for 2018 we have upgraded the Buena Vista to fit disc brakes. This not only improves wet weather braking, but allows it to fit wider, more sure-footed tires.
- Tange Prestige heat-treated CrMo steel main tubes
- Sport touring geometry
- Matching lugged crown CrMo steel fork included. Features low-rider pannier rack mounts and mini-rack mounts.
- Rear rack and fender eyelets
- Tange/IRD Sliding dropouts allows for geared and single speed drivetrains
- 135mm hub spacing
- 1-1/8" headtube (fits EC34/28.6|EC34/30 headsets)
- 27.2mm seatpost size
- 42, 50, 54, 58, 62cm (Center to top of seat collar)
- On our rim brake model, the 42cm sizes uses 26" wheels, but on the disc brake model we will fit 700c or 650b tires and fit tires as wide as 42mm
- Weight: Frame: 5.8 lbs(50cm) Fork: 2.35 lbs (350mm uncut steerer)
- In Pearl White
Buena Vista Disc Frame Set
Buena Vista Disc Component Specs:
Headset: 1-1/8" (threadless external cup; SHIS: EC34/28.6 | EC34/30)
Front derailleur: 28.6mm, bottom pull
Seatpost: 27.2mm; Seat clamp bolt included
Hub rear spacing: 135mm OLD hubs
Gearing: Sliding dropouts make the frame compatible with derailleur gears, internal geared hubs, and single speed
Brakes: IS Disc mount. Will fit post mount with adapter; 160mm rotor recommended (will not fit rim brakes)
Compatible with downtube shifters
Chainring fit, max.: 50-34t double, 48-36-26t triple
Bottom bracket shell: 68mm wide, English threads
Max. Tire Fit: 700c x 42mm, 650b x 47mm (SIZE 42CM NO LONGER FITS 26" WHEELS) Water bottle bosses: 2 sets Racks mounts: Low rider front pannier rack, mini front rack, rear rack
Why should I get a Buena Vista Disc instead of finding a vintage mixte on Craig's List or buying one of the cheaper new mixte bikes I've seen on the internet?
First off we are happy you are looking for a bike, any bike. Just make sure it suits your needs and fits your body.
Advantages over vintage: 1.) You can use modern gearing like 9-speed or 11-speed cassettes. Vintage mixtes were designed for 5 or 6-speed freewheels which are harder to find and also don't provide gearing for hills. 2.) Materials may be cheaper, might be high tensile steel or plain gauge CrMo, which makes it heavier to take upstairs. Also they are flexier since they don't have the larger diameter thin wall tubes of the Buena Vista. This is a bike you can ride long distances (enjoyably) even with loaded panniers. 3) Good luck finding a used bike that fits you. The Soma comes in 4 sizes to suit folks 4'10" to 6' 2" 4) The BV fits modern Disc Brakes: Better for speed control and wet weather stopping
Advantage over new cheaper mixtes: 1.) Materials on competitor's bikess may be cheaper, might be high tensile steel or plain gauge CrMo, which makes it heavier to take upstairs. And won't absorb road vibrations as well. With Soma you get name-brand CrMo tubing. 2) Sporty geometry: Most complete mixtes are design for upright cruising in the park or for short commutes. You can't ride them very fast. Your body will be in an awkward position when standing up to climb hills. The Buena Vista can be built up as a comfy cruiser, too, but its longer top tube allows you to also build it up like a road sport bike or hybrid. The bike shop can tune it to your body and flexibility. 3) Also we offer 5 sizes. Others mixte bikes are usually offered in one or two sizes only.
What are some reasons of getting a mixte ("mix-tee") over a regular "double diamond" frame?
1) It has a lower standover height than a regular road or hybrid bike, which allows you get on and get off the bike in the front of the seat, which has its advantages. Example: You are carrying a trunk bag or baby carrier on the rear rack and you don't want swing your leg over the seat and accidentally kick your baby. Also you can more easily straddle the bike when you are stopped at a light. And it's easier to share with shorter or less experienced friends and relatives. Older riders with less flexibility may find the mixte easier to mount and dismount. It is also easier to ride a mixte in a longish winter coat. 2) Style: Some who like these bikes like it for its vintage styling. Before we launched our Buena Vista, both men and women in our city were scouring garage sales for these charming style of bike. 3) Less likely to hurt the family jewels in an accident.
Buena Vista Disc Frame Set
Triathlete and mountain biker gets a Buena Vista
I started cycling seriously about 15 years ago to compete in triathlons. I moved from that to road racing for several years, and for about the last 5 years I’ve been a hardcore mountain biker. Despite all that I’ve never ridden my bike to commute! I’ve always admired the classic mixte frame, so when I started looking at commuter bikes about a year ago I was looking at vintage Raleigh frames. They are beautiful but the problem is you can’t hang disc brakes on those, so I kept looking. I just love the lines of a true split-tube mixte. It’s light and stiff enough to give a serious cyclist a decent transfer of power, but relaxed enough to let me wear a cute dress in the summer. When I ride this bike I feel like I’m back riding to elementary school. It makes me happy.
Phaedra, Richmond, VA