I’m really happy with my EighthInch Scrambler V2 road frame–great compliancy, stiff bottom bracket, strong, but on the heavy side–but now its replacement is coming (not for me; I plan to build my own frame eventually). Today, EighthInch opened up pre-order sales for the new, improved Scrambler V3 frameset for $170.
The new frame has laser-cut drop-outs, as opposed to the stamped ones on the V2. It also comes with rear brake cable mounts, which the V2 lacks completely. Instead of using typical braze-ons, though, they’re using the type you normally find on mountain bikes for attaching hydraulic brake lines (like this), that require full brake housings and a zip-tie. Either system works fine, but I prefer the typical type of braze-on, where you don’t have to run full housings, and save a few grams of weight. The upside to using full housings, though, is that your cables stay cleaner if you ride in wet conditions.
The V2 came in satin black or glossy white, but the V3 adds Raw to the color mix. If you don’t drool at the sight of a raw steel frame (w/ clearcoat), then I pretty much don’t want to be your friend. The downside is, clearcoat doesn’t stick to steel as well as primer and paint do, so you’ll have to keep an eye on it or risk eventual rust.
Check out the EighthInch blog for more info or to get a pre-order in: http://eighthinch.wordpress.com/