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    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
    26" Wheels
    Cantilever brake mounts (planning to upgrade to hydraulic disk later though!)
    4.2 LBS
    Bottom pull front dérailleur
    Non-integrated headset

    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.
    Last edited by Nukacola; 02-08-14 at 04:30 PM.
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    If you're willing to switch to a 68mm BB, top pull FD and 27.2mm seat post, I can't recommend the Nashbar plain jane black frame enough: http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...90_-1___202388


    I've ridden mine for about 3 years now. It's seen just over 3000 miles of commuting in the city/suburbs, a summer's worth of some fairly vigorous trail riding underneath my 225 lb self, and this past winter. I've currently got the bike upstairs half pulled apart for a thorough cleaning and drivetrain upgrade, and aside from some road muck and scratches to the paint, it's lookin good. Welds are great and no cracks that I can see in the critical areas. Cheaper than the Venzo, more toned down aesthetically, and I bet you can get free shipping from Nashbar if you wait until that promotion cycles back through.

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    the link seems a bit broken, but I think I know what you're talking about. it looks exactly the same as my current frame, but doesn't it weigh about 5 lbs? I'd be willing to pay the extra 70 bucks to save 2 lbs. want something as light as possible!
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    It doesn't meet all of your criteria but maybe a used Surly Troll?
    Currently riding a 1995 Trek 730 Multitrack converted to 26" wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nukacola View Post
    the link seems a bit broken, but I think I know what you're talking about. it looks exactly the same as my current frame, but doesn't it weigh about 5 lbs? I'd be willing to pay the extra 70 bucks to save 2 lbs. want something as light as possible!


    It works for me when I click it so idk what's up, but it's the only Nashbar branded 26" MTB frame. My 16" weighs 3.8 lbs (give or take the uncertainty of my bathroom scale).Completely negated by the heavy parts I have on it, but oh well

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    that looks like it just might fit the bill...any clue where I can get just the frame, without forks? seeing as I've got brand new rockshox lol
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    well the bathroom scale usually means add .5-.75 lbs... was planning on an 18" or 19" frame though, I'm 5"10, and probably going to get a bit bigger (i'm 15 you see...) Google is useless at this frame searching thing. but i will most certainly consider this frame. and when I say it looks exactly the same as my current frame...I meant EXACTLY...tube for tube, lol.
    If it's broken, I can fix it. If it's not broken, I'll make sure it stays that way. If it's brand new, get it off my bike.

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