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    Looking for SS frame advice

    Folks,

    I've got a box of parts that minus a frame (which I want to be steel) = a new bike.
    I have a Rohloff hub with a disk brake, so I am looking at frames that either have an eccentric bottom bracket (example Salsa's El Mariachi), sliding dropouts (ex On-One's 29er, which has been out of stock for months), or horizontal dropouts that will work with disks (ex the [Surley Pugsley]).
    What else is out there? I know I'm missing god knows how many other frames, but I'm googled out.
    Must be steel, not looking for custom made (ex IF, I don't want to wait two years for a frame), but an off the shelf SS frame.

    Many thanks,

    --A

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    zion series for budget. at jensonusa

    they have EBB reg and 29er i believe

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    Thanks MX, I'll look them up.
    I should add I'm willing to go as high as a grand on a frame.

    --A

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    well if that is the case...there is a plethora of frames available and everyone is going to have an opinion.

    while i know many like EBB, if i was doing the build i would lean towards a horizontal dropout in lieu of the EBB.

    i read a lot of decent things in the 29er forum on the zion even though they are cheap. it is a simple no frills frame.

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    http://www.somafab.com/frames_main.html

    http://www.somafab.com/4one5.html

    i have/had a few of their frames and they appear to be made nicely. however, i am not an expert in fabrication.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mx_599
    well if that is the case...there is a plethora of frames available and everyone is going to have an opinion.

    while i know many like EBB, if i was doing the build i would lean towards a horizontal dropout in lieu of the EBB.

    i read a lot of decent things in the 29er forum on the zion even though they are cheap. it is a simple no frills frame.
    I don't have that much knowledge about mountain frames (road frames I know) and got overwhelmed by everything I found on the web. It's everyone's opinion I'm looking for, helps to weed out the trash.

    I also prefer horizontal dropouts to EBB's but I have no real preference beyond being able to work with disks.


    --A

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG
    I don't have that much knowledge about mountain frames (road frames I know) and got overwhelmed by everything I found on the web. It's everyone's opinion I'm looking for, helps to weed out the trash.

    I also prefer horizontal dropouts to EBB's but I have no real preference beyond being able to work with disks.


    --A
    the nice thing about zion is that they don't have rim brake bosses. it is rare to find cheaper frames without them. unless of course you like them? i always use discs so i don't like those bosses. i went through a lot of trouble to get my Soma Juice frame sans bosses. now i have no money to build it...i have the frame to look at though!

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    I'd just as soon the brake bosses not be there, but I can live with them.

    I had overlooked Soma, thanks again MX. Both the 4one5 and the Juice look interesting.

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    Gastro - check the 'blog' at the salsa site - I think the mariachi's are arriving in the next week or 2.
    As with mud, life, too, slides by.

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    in your price range, there are loads of options. a surly 1x1 is a good, cheap option. i dont own one, but i know a couple people that do, and they dont have anything bad to say at all:http://www.surlybikes.com/1X1.html

    if your dead set on steel, then ignore this but giant makes a aluminum frame called the "2to1" that is also great.

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    Gunner is another frame I overlooked, thanks. The Ruffian is a sweet frame. If the Rock Tour had an EBB, I would have found my frame.

    I'm dead set on steel.

    I agree I can't find anything wrong with Surley, and the 1x1 will be on the short list.

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    Tom Teesdale will build you a singlespeed for under a grand, and you'll like it.

    http://www.tetcycles.com/Specials/specials.html

    I have a kona that he built, and a over a decade later I still refuse to get rid of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apclassic9
    Gastro - check the 'blog' at the salsa site - I think the mariachi's are arriving in the next week or 2.
    ???

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastro
    ???
    Tequila rot is obviously affecting someone's memory.
    First Class Jerk

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    Random question:

    What bike should I get?
    What stem should I buy?
    What chainrings?
    Seatposts?
    Best tubes ever, ever, ever?
    Best dance style?
    What should I dip my tri tip in?
    What should never be left out of a good mountain of nachos?

    Answer from "sponsored" teenie bopper with little to zero experience on any Salsa bicycling product:

    Salsa

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    I liked salsa's stems.

    Why'd they take off that nifty brake cable roller, though? Jeez!

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    Have you looked into Fetish Cycles?

    "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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    Quote Originally Posted by wethepeople
    Have you looked into Fetish Cycles?
    Beautiful looking frames, but I'm dead set on steel.
    It looks like I'm going with a VooDoo, most likely a Wanga.
    I prefer the sliding dropouts to an EBB, and the price on the frame seems reasonable.
    Thanks for all the advice,

    --A

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