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Old 02-19-06, 06:35 PM
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I am starting to scour ebay looking for a good steel mountain bike frame that i can swap parts off of one of my aluminum frames onto. I would like something with good reynolds tubes or something compareable. What should i be looking for. I want to setup some ebay searches.

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How about a Jamis Dakota or Dragon, those would be sweet. I think the Kona Explosif is steel and geared and good. That's all I got for now.
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For xc? djing? Any specifics about a geometry you might like?
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XC is what i want.
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yeah, I guess that's a good question. The only Reynolds steel urban assault frame I can think of is the D.O.C. and that's really a park bike, i.e. short travel.
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IF, or a Homegrown(Schwinn). It's what I ride and feels identical to my cousin's IF(but much lighter frame)
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Trek singletrack, 1994 thru 1997 920,930,950,970 or 990. These models were made in the USA Waterloo plant of True Temper OXII or better.

Also check out somafab.com - they make some pretty cool steel frames.
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Here's some more: Rocky Mountain Blizzard (Reynolds 853), Cove Handjob (Columbus Custom, slack head angle), Cotic Soul (Reynolds 853, long travel), Banshee Scratch (mystery steel, pretty heavy duty, kind-of dirt jump styled), Salsa Ala Carte (True Temper OX Platinum), Gunnar Rockhound (True Temper OX Platinum; other years are different steels), Dialled Bikes Prince Albert (Reynolds 520 on the cheaper model, Reynolds 853 on the expensive model, long travel).
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Is it fair to say that a steel framed XC bike can take more jumps/drops than an aluminium XC?
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Is it fair to say that a steel framed XC bike can take more jumps/drops than an aluminium XC?
I think that's very generically true. However, to be honest, I kind of skipped over the AL XC phase in my riding. My past XC bikes have all been 4130 cro-mo (full-rigid with 4130 forks) and had no trouble doing jumps and drops on them.
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I've got a 92 Raleigh Crest Chromo frame 19" sitting in my garage. It's never seen a mt. bike trail. Pavement only. I'm looking to get rid of it to someone that would use it. I was thinking about making it into a singlespeed, but my knees probably would not appreciate that. I don't know if you would be interested.
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I would look for any of the following:
Marin Eldridge
Marin Pine
Jamis Dragon
Jamis Dakota
Jamis Exile
Rocky M. Blizzard

I have a Dragon and my wife has an Eldridge. Both are nice bikes. If you want something cheaper Nashbar or Jenson has some steel frames that look good but are not made of premium tubing. They cost less than a $100 so you may still want to try one out and may be later transform it to a beater, ss, or commuter.
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Originally Posted by Ranger
I am starting to scour ebay looking for a good steel mountain bike frame that i can swap parts off of one of my aluminum frames onto. I would like something with good reynolds tubes or something compareable. What should i be looking for. I want to setup some ebay searches.
Hey Ranger, what price range are you looking at? I'll second these previously suggested frames: the Gunnar Rockhound, the Marin Pine Mountain or Eldridge Grade, and the Rocky Mountain Blizzard. (Of course, if you've got a lot of dough to spend, go for the IF)

My main mountain bike is an '04 Marin Pine Mountain that I picked up through the MTBR.com classifieds. I love the way it rides. It's a great steel frame that looks like an aluminum frame (shaped tubes).

My main road bike is a Gunnar, and while I haven't ridden a Gunnar mountain bike, the frame material is the same and comes highly recommended. I did just buy a used Gunnar Ruffian single speed frame, which I'll be building up myself as I pick up parts. I found it by posting a "Want-to-Buy" message in the Gunnar forums at http://www.gunnarbikes.com

I was in your shoes not so long ago, watching eBay for nice steel mtb frames, and I can say that the Gunnar is your best bet. They come up for auction quite a bit, many times new or only slightly used, yet still priced very nicely. I very rarely came across frame-only Blizzards or Pine Mountains.

I'll also say that you might have better luck if you fit into the taller sizes (18" and up). And don't just rely on eBay. Search the classifieds at mtbr.com and similar sites, and post WTB messages in various forums.

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I've got an old Chro-mo Diamondback Topanga. It's probably not the best, but I've been beatting the crap out of it for almost ten years now and the frame's still straight and it's never cracked or broken. But if I was looking I'd probably go for an old Trek.
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Until six years ago I was riding a 96 Kona Explosif which I remember being brilliant. Amazing the attention the frames attract on Ebay now. If you can get one at a reasonable price, you won't be disappointed.
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Check out the Rocky Mountain Hammer, or Hammer Race as it used to be called. I've had one for years & love it. Mine's converted into a SS now & keeps on going.
Good steel & Good welds.
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Originally Posted by Peek the Geek
I was in your shoes not so long ago, watching eBay for nice steel mtb frames, and I can say that the Gunnar is your best bet. They come up for auction quite a bit, many times new or only slightly used, yet still priced very nicely. I very rarely came across frame-only Blizzards or Pine Mountains.
A couple brand new Blizzards ('05 closeouts, presumably) sold on Ebay recently. I thought about buying one (two were in my size), but I'm really trying to save up to pay off my ridiculous income taxes this year, so I didn't do it . They were going for roughly half of MSRP at auction end.
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GT Bravado LE, Karakoram or Psyclone.
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