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    .243!!!!! pro's and con's!!!

    hey all!!
    i'm lookin at a 243 fr frame and woundering about its strengths and weaknesses. i've seen quite a few around on the shore and at local dirt jumps and so i became interested.

    thanks for the help!

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    For me it was the price, I didnt want to spend $600 on a frame, so I spent half that and ended up with a steelhead. Essentially the same, just cheaper and lighter.

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    .243s are really reliable, last for a long time, and it's just a cut above the rest. Otherwise, it's just quite expensive.

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    Its a great product. It is a local company and a better product than most. 600cdn isn't unreasonable for a quality steel hardtail.

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    They're awesome. I my opinion, they're MUCH better than a steelhead.

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    ok thanks guys. i would be buyin a used complete 243 and the price seems to compare to most other hardtails with simmular set ups, so price isnt the issue. thanks for the advice!

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    oh and btw... its set up mostly for dirt jumping but i would be using it for light shore riding as well... i hear they arent the greatest dirtjumpers because of.. im not sure exactly..

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    it will be a fine djer.

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    ok sweet. i just heard they are heavy because they're steel

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    7lbs if I recall corrently.

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    6ish and weight has very little to do with djing ability. Its all you man...all you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .243-4-lyfe
    ok sweet. i just heard they are heavy because they're steel
    Well the tubes wont dent if a breeze blows it over and the bike falls on a rock.
    $600 and it BETTER be chromium steel if you ask me.
    Like bmx, steels good for bikes that will get hammered. It also soaks shock well and constant flexing will not damage the tubes. With AL, constant flex will cause the AL to fail at some time.

    Most bikes made NOW out of steel in mtb frameset are for strength so a little weight increase doesn't factor in really.
    Balfa Minuteman is a pig of a chromoly HT frame. It also holds the highest drop record for a HT.
    Once you get a few dents in your steel, -and still ride it, you'll be happy you ride the stuff.

    IMO...alla jazz.

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    ok thanks again.
    ..and yes i know dirt jumping has WAY more to do with the rider than the bike but i would rather have a lighter rather than heavier bike.

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    You won't be saying that after you break it

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