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    Opinions on 29er commuter/ hybrid frames

    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.

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    Check out the Soma Double Cross (w/ or w/out disc brake mounts), or one of Surly's offerings.
    Last edited by Wolfwerx; 11-16-11 at 07:18 AM. Reason: spelling

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    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.

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    Well, I've built up a few using this frameset: http://www.ebay.com/itm/NIB-ATB-UNBR...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.
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    29 is 700c that needs a wash.

    One of the few I'd consider is the Salsa Casseroll

    http://www.bikeman.com/FM8213.html

    But it can be had as a whole bike for 1200, maybe less this time of year.
    We are as gods, we might as well get good at it.
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    What do you think about the Surly Ogre?

    Looks pretty good............

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    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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