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Which of these aluminum hardtail frames should I buy as a replacement frame?

Old 04-19-15, 08:19 AM
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Which of these aluminum hardtail frames should I buy as a replacement frame?

I need to replace the frame of one of my mountain bikes on a budget. Looking to find a basic aluminum hardtail. I've come across a few and would love some input on the pros and cons of some of the frames, if there are any significant ones.

Requirements: Its a replacement frame, so I'm looking to utilize my existing parts. Needs to take 26 inch wheels, disc brakes, have good mud clearance, and be under $300 (including shipping). I usually ride 19-21".

Frames I'm considering:
Access XCL Comp from Performance - Cost $180 (free ship-to-store)
Giant XTC from Bluesky - Cost $200 ($266 with BB and shipping)
Nashbar from Nashbar - Cost $100 ($115 with shipping)
Leader 510H from eBay - $70 (~$130 with shipping and headset)

I've heard the Sette Reken reviewed well, but I can't find any for sale. I know Bikeisland sells a few but they can be iffy sometimes.
There are some nice early '00 frames on eBay, but despite their potentially higher quality, I think I'm better off getting something new than aluminum with 15 years of ride on it.
The geometry on the Performance frame is a little off - very short top tube.

Opinions? Other suggestions are welcome.
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Overlooked that the Giant and Access have a 34.9mm seattube which means finding a new front derailleur and seatpost. Points against them.
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Take a look at Airborne Bicycles. They sell the Goblin frame for 250.

Airborne Bicycles . Goblin Frame
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Goblin looks like a great frame but its a 29er. But this is what I was looking for, smaller brands with affordable stuff. Like Handsome and Singular. Unfortunately I'm not as familiar with the mtb world.
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Ebay carbon frame? Right about $300.
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Originally Posted by roburrito View Post
Requirements: Its a replacement frame, so I'm looking to utilize my existing parts.
Would first make a list of al your parts, and all their specs/sizes, then look at which frame can accept most of them, if using existing parts is a major factor, it will determine which frame is most suitable.
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