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Old 01-24-14, 01:28 PM   #1
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Good frames for a hardtail 29er?

Hey Folks,
I'm looking to build up a hardtail 29er over the next couple months (preferably steel). Does anyone have some recommendations for some frames I should keep an eye out for? I'm not looking to buy a new frame and am hoping I can find a nice used bike I can start with and scavenge.

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Buy a bike from a good company , why spend more getting all the parts at Retail and paying More?

You are perhaps young, lazy (and Like so many here Probably posting from the company computer , right?. )


.Cheap, want used, I, not a used frame seller/broker for other sellers, am not a shortcut cannot help ..

and so you look at Ebay and Craigs list like everyone else.

QBP (Surly/Salsa) has a near cult status , Soma is another Importer .

for name dropping purposes. NFI ..

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Old 01-24-14, 03:05 PM   #3
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I'm not particularly young, although I'm certainly not old (in my mid 30s) but I guess I am posting from the "company computer" as I work from home.

I recognize I could just buy one new and save money in the process, but where's the fun in that? As far as this is concerned, the bike is actually secondary to the build; I don't _need_ another bike and frankly neither the expenses of buying part-by-part nor the time and effort of building it are issues for me: I've got time, money and mechanical aptitude.

As far as "name dropping" I couldn't care less and I'm definitely not going to be scouring ebay or CL. There are a couple shops with a pretty large selection of cheap used bikes where I live, since I'm already dropping by there occasionally to see if I can recover my MTN bike that was stolen a couple months ago, I figure I might as well keep my eyes pealed for something nice I can score on the cheap to build this 29er.
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If you're set on a used steel hardtail 29er frame, and don't plan on scouring eBay or Craigslist, your options are going to be limited by what the local shops in question have. We could name a million bikes, and it's still not going to matter unless the shop happens to have that bike. Really, your options are limited to the shop's stock, whatever that may be. Normally my advice is to test out what's available to you to see which bike feels and rides the best...which one "speaks" to you. Unfortunately, that's a little tough when we're talking about frames rather than complete bikes. I'd say you should look at bikes that have worked in the past for you, figure out what reach and stack numbers look like they'd fit you, and then go from there.
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Just picked up a used Surly Karate Monkey franken bike for $400. I found it on one of my local facebook bike groups. Going from a plush 5" full suspension 29er to the 80mm hardtail really wasn't as much of a shock as I thought it would be. It is nice to be able to switch back and forth to make those same old trails interesting again. Plan to make it a rigid here soon.

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Monocog Flyte. I've got the ss monocog and love it. I believe the Flyte is "higher quality" steel and has cable guides if you want to run it geared.

There's been a Salsa Mamasita frameset available here in MPLS for a few weeks now for like $300.

Or the venerable Karate Monkey. Damn good bike.
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On One Inbred.
I went with the On One Scandal alloy frame with swappable dropouts for versatility.
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Anything with sub-17" chainstays.
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Anything with sub-17" chainstays.
Na, that's just 1 number , lot's more numbers that make a nice frame. Frankly that number would suck IMO. On-One , Raleigh XXIX, El Mariachi , Niner, Soma Juice, , Tons of sweet steel frame out there that have longer than 17" stays. Ritchey and Brezer would top my list , and again longer than .........
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Na, that's just 1 number , lot's more numbers that make a nice frame. Frankly that number would suck IMO. On-One , Raleigh XXIX, El Mariachi , Niner, Soma Juice, , Tons of sweet steel frame out there that have longer than 17" stays. Ritchey and Brezer would top my list , and again longer than .........
That's just the number I like. And I've owned enough of them to know...including a Niner, On-One, and Salsa -- plus ridden a whole lot more. Chainstay length makes a huge difference on 29er's. If you think it sucks, you probably also like to be stuck to the ground. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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That's just the number I like. And I've owned enough of them to know...including a Niner, On-One, and Salsa -- plus ridden a whole lot more. Chainstay length makes a huge difference on 29er's. If you think it sucks, you probably also like to be stuck to the ground. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
Yep, smooth trails where cornering matters more than what you describe, not that there's anything wrong with that.
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