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  • Azonic AZ7

    2 7.69%
  • Cove HandJob XC

    7 26.92%
  • DMR Switchback

    1 3.85%
  • DMR Trailstar

    3 11.54%
  • Kinesis Maxlight Easton XC2

    2 7.69%
  • Kinesis Maxlight Easton XC Pro

    2 7.69%
  • On One Scandal

    1 3.85%
  • Scott Comp Racing

    0 0%
  • Scott Scale 40

    5 19.23%
  • Sinister Ridge

    3 11.54%
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    Time for a new HT frame

    My bike has been in pieces for about 2 years and now that Im out of college, its time to ride again. Ive donated my old frame so I need to get a new one. Price is a big factor in this since Im trying to buy a house.

    Ive narrowed it down to 10 choices. Riding style is all XC. Fork is 100mm Reba SL.

    Here are the contenders:

    Azonic AZ7


    Cove HandJob XC


    DMR Switchback


    DMR Trailstar


    Kinesis Maxlight Easton XC2


    Kinesis Maxlight Easton XC Pro


    On One Scandal


    Scott Comp Racing


    Scott Scale 40


    Sinister Ridge

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    Personally? Cove/Scott 40

    I wont be the one riding it though.

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    Thoughts on the Scott 40?

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    Scott 40.
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    The Sinister.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
    Words and Stuff.

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    Why?

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    I can't form an opinion on any of these as I haven't ridden them, but I did just buy a DMR Trailstar frame and it looks to be extremely beefy. It also weighs about 6 pounds so if you want something light then you may want to look at another frame. But I can't wait to get it all put together!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lamplight View Post
    I can't form an opinion on any of these as I haven't ridden them, but I did just buy a DMR Trailstar frame and it looks to be extremely beefy. It also weighs about 6 pounds so if you want something light then you may want to look at another frame. But I can't wait to get it all put together!
    That was one of my concerns with the Trailstar. Post some pics when its all built!

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    It would be very hard to break a sinister. Frank The Welder doesn't make a junky frame.
    Strike like an eagle and sacrifice the dove.
    Words and Stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troie View Post
    That was one of my concerns with the Trailstar. Post some pics when its all built!
    I definitely will! Here's the frame and fork for now (full rigid and singlespeed):


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    get a handjob.

    they're a bit hard to find these days--the web site still says tribe 2006, but they're essentially indestructible. the steel construction is surprisingly light and very stiff.

    i have an 06 handjob that i've been rebuilding with newer components.

    recently installed a corsa fork and swapped out for tubeless.

    a deus crank is in the works as well as a x9 rear derailleur.

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    Bumps.

    Honorable mention: Banshee Viento.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaLegba View Post
    get a handjob.

    they're a bit hard to find these days--the web site still says tribe 2006, but they're essentially indestructible. the steel construction is surprisingly light and very stiff.

    i have an 06 handjob that i've been rebuilding with newer components.

    recently installed a corsa fork and swapped out for tubeless.

    a deus crank is in the works as well as a x9 rear derailleur.
    i second that, the handjob really caught my eye as high quality and great looks.

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    I'd make my choice based on geometry preferences.

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    Theyre all relatively close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaLegba View Post
    get a handjob.
    *immature snicker*

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaLegba View Post
    get a handjob.

    they're a bit hard to find these days
    You're just not hanging out with the right girls.
    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    The caveat with a strap-on, of course, is you will have to get creative with a couple of lock cables and an anchor point

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    I would go for a steel frame. I dig them. I have a friend that is very happy with his handjob.........wow that just didn't come out sounding right.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    I would go for a steel frame. I dig them. I have a friend that is very happy with his handjob.........wow that just didn't come out sounding right.
    Agreed. I'm not sure if I would even take a free bike if it had "Handjob" attatched to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
    Agreed. I'm not sure if I would even take a free bike if it had "Handjob" attatched to it.
    There are sooooooo many places I could go with this one...... let's just say that one's gonna cost ya.
    Like a circus monkey on a stolen Harley......

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProFail View Post
    Agreed. I'm not sure if I would even take a free bike if it had "Handjob" attatched to it.
    if it bothers you so much to have a high quality indestructible steel hard tail with killer geometry and rigid contstruction, or showing up at the trails with a bike no one else likely has ever seen...

    the stickers come off.

    and it's just a COVE.

    so there.

    i'll take it over a bontrager killing TREK any day
    Last edited by PapaLegba; 03-10-08 at 07:44 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker66 View Post
    There are sooooooo many places I could go with this one...... let's just say that one's gonna cost ya.
    Oh, you're sick.




    You know what I meant. Also, I think Trek is trying to quash Klein as well. I've NEVER seen a Klein in at a dealer. I have seen a Klein being ridden, and it was a kewl bike. Stealth as well.
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    No votes for the On One Scandal? I hear good things about it at mtbr, the niner though...

    1. Cove HandJob
    2. On One Scandal
    3. Scott Scale 40

    If I can push the budget to $600 than Im going for the Viento with no hesitation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troie View Post
    No votes for the On One Scandal? I hear good things about it at mtbr, the niner though...

    1. Cove HandJob
    2. On One Scandal
    3. Scott Scale 40

    If I can push the budget to $600 than Im going for the Viento with no hesitation.
    i almost considered getting an on one or a surly.

    i liked the cove because of their tubing design and reputation.

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    I love Cove names.

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