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Old 09-18-14, 12:54 AM
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Seeking advice on mountain bike frames

Back in the late 1990's and Early 2000's I was doing a lot of mountain biking on a Trek 7000. That bike is gone but I have been looking for another 7000 or 8000. I have not found one in my size and price range yet but I am wondering what other makes and models I might consider.

I am looking for an aluminum hardtail and would want something similar in quality to these two Treks. Ideally it would be from the same time, in part because it will need to fit a 1 1/8th steerer tube.

I remember admiring Klein's back then, Trek had not yet acquired them or Gary Fisher but I don't remember the models.
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Old 09-18-14, 04:01 AM
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Why a frame? it's the most cost in-effective way to get a MTB, unless you have all the parts, which fit.

Unless you have all the parts needed, would be looking at a complete bike, bike have moved on, even in the last few years, would take a look at what is available in the 2014/15 ranges, you may find something much better.

For what you have asked for, all current frames will take a 1 1/8th steerer, normally with an adapter, 1 1/8th as a size is obsolete, tapered is now the standard, although most headset manufactures make reducer for their headsets.

For Klein, the brand is long dead, Trek stopped producing them many years ago, and the brand is gone.
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What he said and tapered headsets haven't been around THAT long so you don't need to go super old if you really want something with a 1 1/8th headset. You can still get a few bikes new with 1 1/8th if you really look around, mainly steel.
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Old 09-20-14, 12:24 PM
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It is mostly nostalgia. I have memories of riding those bikes from sunrise to sunset; riding till I couldn't stay upright.

I have some of the parts, but will be searching for others.

When I met my wife I had just started racing mountain bikes and the first race she came to watch me, I crashed and destroyed my fork. She bought me a new fork cost a good bit of cash at the time and it was kind of an affirmation that I was with the right woman. Though the bikes have come and gone I still have this fork and so I am sort of building a bike up around this fork.

Cost makes it take longer to complete but having a complete bike from these years is sort of like sort of my 'mid-life crisis Corvette convertible'.

Most of my off road riding these days is the never complete dirt track in my yard that I ride with my son. Even if it ultimately a busted wall-hanger I want to pass it on to my son at some point. We ride together a lot, he has listened to a thousand stories about riding and this will be what ties it all together.
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