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View Poll Results: Frame suggestions?
Cove Hummer HT Ti made by Litespeed, FR/XC 1 5.56%
Cove Handjob HT, Colombus Nivacrom Steel 1 5.56%
RockyMountain Hammer, Reynolds 853 Steel 3 16.67%
Merlin XLM HT, Ti (XCish) 0 0%
Litespeed Lookout Ti HT, (aggroXC.only integrated headsets) 1 5.56%
Specialized Enduro SX FS 2 11.11%
Kona Coiler 4 22.22%
Keep your existing frame you silly Greek and stop wasting money 6 33.33%
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Old 10-05-03, 10:06 AM   #1
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Frame choices

Hi all,

After a long absence i am back . Anyhow, i moved to a new city and a few yards from my new house there is a high end lbs and a litespeed/merlin dealer. I got ill with Ti fever and i am considering changing my frame which is nevertheless brand new condition. Rockhopper 2003 HT. Also part for this Ti fever is due to various rumors i hear all the time about the veeeeery limited lifespan of alluminum. So i am either going to keep my frame for another 2-3yrs and get a Ti later or do it now and trade-in my frame for a Ti one. I am also considering high quality Steel frames and also a couple of FS alluminum ones. The problem with FS and my case is that now i live in the UK and everything is fine with customer support. In 2-3 yrs i will move eventually back to Greece where bicycle support is non-existent for some brands (most of them actually). So if i get an FS i ll have to replace bearings (which i will have to order from overseas) myself and thus voiding my warranty (Kona and Specialized are not represented in Greece by any importer/dealer....). Anyhow here are my choices.
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Hey Math, you're confusing me. You get a Z-1 fork and I think you're becoming more freeride (aggroXC) oriented, and then you bust out with wanting a Ti frame! Huh?

Keep your Z-1 on your Rockhopper, ride the crap out of it, AND then build up a lightweight XC Ti bike!

You can NEVER have TOO many bikes!

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A2 you mean that Ti frames are meant only for lightish xc race frames? If yes then thanks for the advice against getting a Ti frame....you really saved me a lot of money. I have fallen in love now with an FS frame which boasts lifetime warranty on frame/bearings/swingarm the Marin Attack Trail1!!!!!!!!!
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You are a crazy geek, oops, I meant Greek! j/k.

Ti frames are very nice, don't get me wrong, but they are more suited to XC type riding. Why? I dunno, probably because they are SOOOOO damn expensive, that if you cased a jump and snapped the frame it would make you cry, moreso, than if you snapped a chromoly frame let's say.

The Only Ti FR that I can think of is no longer being made. I'm sure there are more out there, and obviously the custom route. I remember Litespeed had a FR hardtail called the "Kitsuma" named after a fun trail in North Carolina.

The Cove is still even more of a XC frame.

What's your budget? Are you looking for just a frame, or a complete bike?

What style of riding are you getting into these days? Still aggro XC, or more Racing XC?

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a2,

I think i found myself a frame. Marin Attack Trail, 6" full suspension, lifetime warranty on frame/bearings/swingarm,,,,,this really looks like business to me, ultra heavy xc, light/mild FR/DH. My budget is 1500$ max for a frame. Obviously i want to stick with manufacturers that are also imported into Greece so that i can have warranty support there as well when i move back. What do you reckon?
http://www.marin.co.uk/marin-2004/bi...php?ModNo=2439

oh by the way, aggro xc but i want to explore larger limits (3-4ft) which my current hardtail i presume will have a rough time over.... here is a pic of the marin. the specs are on the link...above
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