well my iron horse yakuza has finally given up the ghost and i am in need of a new frame.
i have narrowed it down to these three. any comments you might have, positive of negative, will be appreciated.
the transition transAM. http://www.transitionbikes.com/TransAM.cfm i was looking forward to a vagrant, but sadly it has been discontinued.
pros: cro-mo frame, horizontal dropouts (so can try that whole SS trend ), price (cheapest of the 3)
cons: integrated headset (thought these were for road bikes only), 30.0mm seat post (not very common), first year of production (although everything TBC has made gets high marks and rave reviews).
the santa cruz chameleon. http://www.santacruzbicycles.com/chameleon/
pros: traditional tried and true aluminum frame and headset. horizontal dropouts. many years of production and very good reviews on MTBR. derailleur hanger has a built in bottle opener.
cons: typical aluminum frame (like my IH big and bulky tubes).
the banshee scirocco. http://www.bansheebikes.com/bikes/scirocco.html
pros: traditional tried and true aluminum frame and headset. many years of production and very good reviews on MTBR.
cons: typical aluminum frame, no horizontal dropouts.
i am leaning towards the transAM for the simple fact that i wanted to try a cro-mo frame.