Now that I finally purchased a new bike (thanks again for everyone who gave advice) I am already thinking about a new project. I am considering buying a frame and building a second bike mainly to use for light duty and the fun of learning about bike mechanics. I read many of the other threads about building up a bike from a bare frame and it seems both challenging and interesting. I am not looking to save money (vs. buying a complete bike) and I consider it a long term project.
Anyway, I want to start with a nice frame (hardtail) that is a reasonable cost. I am thinking about the Giant XTC. Seems light and within my price range. Does anyone know the retail on the frame only? I see a lot of slightly used XTC frames from this year and last in the $200-300 range. Any difference btw the 2002 and 2003 frames other than colors? Any other frame suggestions? Seems like many companies don't sell frame only and if they do, it is for the really high end bikes. I am hoping to stay well under $250 for the frame and get the rest of the components on closeout/sale as well as from the used market.
Also, any advice on building up a bike are greatly appreciated. I am a novice to bike mechanics but willing to learn. Thanks.