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Old 09-26-06, 11:44 AM   #1
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Steel frame w/moderate components?

I'm looking for a steel frame mtn bike that has decent level components. The Trek 820 is a little lower on the componentry than I want. I'm looking for disc brakes (or at least the tabs for upgrading) and Deore (maybe Alivio) level drivetrain. Does such a stock bike exist? I looked on the Trek, Specialized and Cannondale websites but did not successfully find one.

I'm gussing the cost of such a bike would be 600-800 dollars.

Planned purpose is some off-road trail riding, but mostly as a winter commuting bike...hence the desire for steel (sets off the stoplight sensors much better than AL).

Do I just get the 820 and deal with the low end components or does such a creature exist?
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Old 09-26-06, 11:47 AM   #2
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Old 09-26-06, 11:57 AM   #3
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That's $750 just for the frame. Sounds like the OP was wanting the whole bike for $600-$800.

For the OP, I don't know too many steel bikes that are decent in that price range. I'd think you'd be looking at 4130 chromo and not the "name brand" steel frames to stay within your budget. One thing you could do would be to buy a $400-500 bike with an aluminum frame, sell the frame, and have a few hundred left over to buy a steel frame with. There's many frames to be had at clearance prices from Nashbar and the like.
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Old 09-26-06, 12:38 PM   #4
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Redline MonoCog.

4130 tubing, available with rim brakes or discs, also available in 29".

about $400.

www.bikeman.com has the 29er with rim brakes for $370.00

Here's the link: http://www.bikemannetwork.com/biking/c/SSBIKE
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Marin's cheapest steel bike in 2006 retailed at $1,070. They dropped all but the Pine Mountain in 2007. I guess if the OP could find an Eldridge Grade on clearance, that might fall into his budget.
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Old 09-26-06, 03:16 PM   #7
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Ah-ha! I found one. Thanks for the ideas though.
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Kona Lava Dome is what I found...unfortunately, finding a product that exists and finding one in stock in my size are two very different things....and, its discontinued in 07 so no ordering one.

Back to the search.
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Okay, so if I increase my budget a bit are there more options? I did find a Jamis bike listing at 1100, but I don't know of a dealer in town and that's a bit more $$ than I wanted to spend. Is a cromoly frame primarily a frame purchase and bike build? If that's the case I'm thinking its probably a $1500 bike I'm looking at. That is definately over my desired budget. Perhaps I'll just stick with the trek and deal with the low-end nature of the bike.
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Do you have a Jamis dealer anywhere nearby? This Spring Jamis was offering leftover 05 Exile's for $750. Might still be 05's around or very soon leftover 06's. Just a thought. Nice ride, Steel frame, BB5's, X7, etc.

EDIT:, I see you found the Jamis site. Do a dealer search and see if anyone close enough has any 05's or leftover 06's. Like I said, they were $750 here, I almost bought one.

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Old 09-27-06, 12:49 PM   #13
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I need 18-19" Thanks though.
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As tempting as the Exile on ebay was, I ended up doing a swap at a local bike shop. They had built up a NOS (90's) Gary Fisher Nirvana triple butted cromoly frame with XT SIS thumb shifters (7 speed), XT RD, Nexave FD, not sure about the cranks but I think nexave. Anyway, its rigid (which I actually prefer), FD Shifter is friction and RD shifter can be index or friction and it has a great ride. I got an even swap with my AL hybrid bike. Believe it or not, the cromoly bike weighs LESS than my hybrid did. Anyway, just thought I'd thank everyone for giving me great ideas about where to find things. I'll post a picture of it in the commuter thread once I bust out the camera.

New (old) commuter...

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Not sure of price, around $1000 or so, the Gary Fisher Ferrous looks nice. Ahh, grammer.
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