Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - Opinions on 29er commuter/ hybrid frames
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11-15-11, 07:00 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I realize opinions are worth what I pay for them, but I need am asking for yours. I am building a bike, and have been buying components as I can afford them. Now I have saved up $500 for a frameset. With all the frames to choose from, I am looking for what you think would be the best frame for building a 29-inch wheel commuter that may see light offroad trails as well. Prefer Disc setup (as I have one I can use) but not limited to that. So, all that being said, what are your suggestions for an under $500 frame to build a nice commuter/hybrid 29er for a 6'-1", 270 clyde? Thanks for any and all advice.
11-16-11, 08:17 AM
Check out the Soma Double Cross (w/ or w/out disc brake mounts), or one of Surly's offerings.
11-16-11, 08:27 AM
Alternately: try to find something solid on the used market (frame or complete) and either have it powdercoated/painted and built-up with your new components, or ride it as-is and upgrade as necessary.
11-16-11, 09:46 AM
Well, I've built up a few using this frameset: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-ATB-UNBRANDED-29ER-FRAME-4130-CRO-MOLY-STEEL-/200366191170?pt=Road_Bikes&hash=item2ea6c17242 or buy it from BikeIsland direct.
Cro-Moly is heavier than Al, but the steel 29er ride is superior. The owners rave about their bikes, fast on the road too - I mean chasing down roadies fast. Watch out for the size of 29ers, too big and they're pigs. Focus on the effective top tube length.
Note: These RST disc forks still have the canti bosses, so you can easily mount those inexpensive front lowrider racks; great for front panniers if it's going to be a commuter bike. A well balanced ride.
29 is 700c that needs a wash.
One of the few I'd consider is the Salsa Casseroll
But it can be had as a whole bike for 1200, maybe less this time of year.
11-17-11, 10:09 PM
Looks pretty good............
11-17-11, 11:11 PM
Ogre? 5+ for the frameset and $1500 built, with a rigid front end..and it's army green. Otherwise, pretty cool.
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