Need a new mountain bike frame. Suggestions?
Currently own a 1995 Stumpjumper M2 FS, but I've cracked the frame and have no interest in getting it repaired. I need a frame that I can swap over as many parts to as possible. Dimensions are as follows:
1 1/8 inch headset
73x118 Bottom bracket (yes I'm aware the first number is the one that matters when talking about just the frame)
31.8x400mm seat post
Cantilever brake mounts (planning to upgrade to hydraulic disk later though!)
Bottom pull front dérailleur
Any suggestions for a frame that shares at least the headset, wheels, and brakes? the seat post, dérailleur style and BB would be a nice bonus, and i'd like to have something a bit lighter. My max budget is about $300. NO CHEAP CARBON... also, if it's a bit less flashy thats good too, seeing as I don't want it drawing the attention of thieves
Currently looking at getting a venzo viper, but i'll need to buy a top pull derailleur, new BB, and a smaller seatpost, and fiddle with my forks a bit to get them to accept semi-integrated headset. Any pros to have a semi-integrated headset? thinner seatpost? 68mm BB? I really do like the frame.