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Originally Posted by cu_texan
Anyone else have some input?
Maybe some other suggestions for quality frames $200 and under? Thanks.
Anything in that price range is going to be similar. I was very puzzled at your post that went "so you're saying it isn't worth my time" in reply to someone advising you that this is how and where most frames in this price range are built.
It costs about the same to build a frame no matter whose badge is on it. Quality on these lower price Taiwan frames has gotten to be pretty good and consistent. IOW $200 will get you a $200 frame. The differences will be in cosmetics and geometry as specified by the OEM. That's the thing you need to look into. Does the design fit you and suit the type of riding you do and the other components you intend to use.
Here's a bad example, I bought a Fetish Discipline frame and built it up with a 85mm XC fork and then rode it on Florida's rooty, rutted, pig-damaged trails. Freeking disaster. Not Fetish's fault, mine for the component mismatch. Don't make the same kind of mistake. The discipline is a pretty darned good frame BTW and if you want a 20" I can sell you a lightly used one for a real good price. Just promise you'll put a modern 100-110mm trail fork on it and you'll be good.
The guys who make the frames are better at that than you are at designing a bike, so shop and compare. Make sure everything will work happily together and fit you and serve your purposes. I've never spent more than a few minutes even looking at a Leader frame, but they don't seem to suck and like I said are almost sure to be worth what you pay.