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    help me choose my 29er frame

    Ok so its that time of year when I get the itch to start a new project. I want to build a HT 29er, possibly a 1x9 drivetrain and i need to keep the total cost under $1500. As you can see in my sig that I really want the Niner EMD but im not dead set on it yet. Any other frame ideas? I was thinking about maybe the Giant xtc-2 29 frame or for really cheap the sette razzo 29er frame which is only $180 and has good reviews. Lets hear how you guys would build this up frame, fork, and drivetrain.
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    I'd get a Vassago Bandersnatch if I were building a geared, HT or rigid 29er. That frame is $479 I believe.

    You could do a pricepoint build kit - SRAM x9 is $739. You'd get a 3 ring crankset though so you could figure out what to do with the crank from there. Then you just need a fork.
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    I have looked into the pricepoint build kits and although I love pricepoint www.jensonusa.com has a better deal for me. They let you completely customize it, I already have most of the parts for the cockpit so a kit minus those parts is only about $600. So im ganna have $600 in parts probably $400 in a decent fork and that gives me $500 for a frame. those vassagos are pretty sweet but dont come in a size that I like and man they are heavy for a hardtail.
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    Yeah you'll gain a little weight going with steel over AL. My 20" single speed came in right at 24lbs and I wasn't doing the weight weenie thing
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    wow 24lbs isnt bad at all. is that was a suspension fork or rigid? is steel that much better of a ride, I know people who ride steel love it. I am right in between there sizes of 16" and 18" but with the right stem length it would work.
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    Im also looking at maybe finding a redline steel frame for cheap. anyone have opinions on redlines 29ers?
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    I'm partial to Gary Fishers (obviously due to me owning one) but you can get the Rig as a frameset with a msrp of like $989. I am pretty sure you could probably end up getting it for around $700-800 if check your local trek/fisher shops. I love my Rig, but those Niner frames are sexy too!

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    I like my Surly Karate Monkey - many options of how to set it up and bombproof...

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    I Like the Nine Frames but what about the Surly Karate Monkey?
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    Jamis Dragon 29, Reynolds 853 steel. I built one up, and am really enjoying it. There are still '09 frames available thru Jamis dealers-

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    Quote Originally Posted by zerocool33 View Post
    I'm partial to Gary Fishers (obviously due to me owning one) but you can get the Rig as a frameset with a msrp of like $989. I am pretty sure you could probably end up getting it for around $700-800 if check your local trek/fisher shops. I love my Rig, but those Niner frames are sexy too!
    Its like you read my mind. for that price it comes with the fox fork right? I also thought about buying it as a complete and putting 9spds in the back if i can find a deal. the rear hub is compatible with a cassette isnt it?

    As far as the karate monkey goes I know its a proven workhorse but I dont think its what Im lookin for
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    The Rig is a sweet bike. It's a pretty great deal too, especially considering the suspended fork for < $1000
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    So im very interested in the rig now and maybe even man up and keep it a single speed
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    i've made my decision. Went to my trek store to order a rig and they just happen to have an 09 paragon frame with the fox fork and a single speed crank(Bontrager) and a headset for $500. Holy sh*t i feel like I robbed them. They did try to convince me that I need some bontrager race X lites but $900 for a wheelset is out of my league right now. Any good wheelset recommendations?
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    Paul Components hubs and Stans rims. I have the Arch on my singlespeed and it's been a great wheel. I weigh just under 200 lbs. If I were 20-30 lbs heavier I'd go with the Flows.
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    I looked into building stans/pauls wheels and it will set me back about $685(thats with the dt swiss competition whit spokes at $3/spoke) from prowheelbuilder.com, has anyone ever used this company before?

    They can also build me stans 355 rims with xt hubs and dt swiss competition spokes for $418 and they weigh 1885.9g
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    I have XT hubs on my single speed. They're OK. Kind of heavy. The rear had a problem when I first got it - something inside the hub was loose, which caused the hub to seize on me during a ride. My friend and LBS mechanic was able to repair it. It's been solid since then, only needing minor adjustment.
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    That is an amazing deal! That F29 fork alone is worth that money. Great job. I built up an '07 paragon 29er frame and sure could have used a deal like that. Hope you enjoy the fork...I think it's the greatest 29er component available.

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