So I'm riding a .243 right now, and quickly discovering that it's not right for me. I like the slack angles, but I hate the fact that the seat tube is so low that I can't raise the seat up to pedal with full extension. It's got a 24" wheel in the back, which obviously doesn't help with that.
I've seen Banshee Chaparral frames on Pricepoint for 900 bucks, and I think it might be more of what I want. I am a big guy, about 210, and I want more of an all-mountain machine, instead of an outright freeride bike. Here's my question--if I get the Banshee frame and build it with dual 26s and reasonably lightweight XC gear and a 6 inch fork would it be a reasonable all-mountain bike, or way too much bike for aggressive trail riding.
I don't do huge drops or anything, but I'm heavy and I like a decent amount of suspension, and I don't really care about going fast. Anyone had experience with the 2004 model of that particular frame? I would just go for an Enduro or something, but I've got most of the parts and it would be way cheaper to build up a frame for me.