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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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    Quote Originally Posted by rjemery View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterpan1 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bcoppola View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by rjemery View Post
    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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