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Old 01-31-08, 10:32 AM   #1
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Stock Steel MTB Frames

I'm looking to purchase a stock steel (CroMoly, Reynolds 501) MTB hardtail frame and fork.

What or who would be a good source for same?

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I'm looking to purchase a stock steel (CroMoly, Reynolds 501) MTB hardtail frame. What or who would be a good source for same?
You'll probably get more and better responses to your question if you ask in the Mountain Biking Forum.
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Assuming you don't mind used and are willing to search for the gems amidst the dross:

Craigslist.

Bike swap meets.

Thrift shops.

Yard sales.

eBay.

My Trek 820, while more humble, was $25 on Craigslist and suits my purposes.
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What about some 853? 289 at Nashbar.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...Frames%2FBikes
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What about some 853? 289 at Nashbar.

http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...Frames%2FBikes
Certainly a possibility. Thank you for the reference.
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Assuming you don't mind used and are willing to search for the gems amidst the dross: Craigslist. Bike swap meets. Thrift shops. Yard sales. eBay.

My Trek 820, while more humble, was $25 on Craigslist and suits my purposes.
I really don't think I have the time to do all that searching. Yes, if I stumbled across something, I would certainly grab it. However, my list of requirements grows longer as I learn more. I do believe my list is best satisfied with a new frame, at least for now. Nevertheless, I thank you for the suggestions.

However, your suggestion of a bike swap meet is intriguing. How would I learn of such events in my area?
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However, your suggestion of a bike swap meet is intriguing. How would I learn of such events in my area?
Check with local bike clubs; they sometimes have meets. See if your state has a chapter of the League of Ameican Wheelmen or of a national mtn. biking association and check their Websites for events. Here in MI the Michigan Mountain Bike Association has a swap next month. I'm not really an MTB'er, but just got one to try it out on easy two track & paths, and have something to wrench on this winter.

Ask at the LBS.

Finally, Google "bicycle swap" and variations therof. I ran across a site (but didn't bookmark it) that listed swaps around the country that way.

As far as new frames, there's Performance Bike as well as Nashbar. (Same ownership, different product mix I understand.)

(I do crazy things in winter. Like lurk in Framebuilders. )
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