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    26" Commute/touring Frame for parts swap

    Hi folks, I am looking into purchasing a new frame for touring and commuting. I have a 2005 Jamis Dakar XC expert with full xt and lots of Chris King goodies and nice dt rims. Its 12 years old but with low miles. I'm going to swap the parts to a new frame, but I am torn which way to go. Here's the short list and I'd love some commentary.

    Surly Troll
    Jamis Dragonslayer 26+ (I now BB drop)
    Haro Flightline 26+ (I now BB drop)

    What else? I am willing to run rigid or switch over the fox fork. it's ok a if I have to buy one or two part, but just want to reuse as much as possible.
    Please share your thoughts.
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    I think you have your choices in the correct order, Troll at the top followed by the Jamis and I probably wouldn't consider the Haro. Another thing I see is that the Jamis is a woman's specific frame. So, the Troll then?

    I think the Troll was more or less designed for the purpose you have in mind and has the added benefit of all the braze-ons, no nonsense steel and undervalued graphics (stickers you can take off to "hide" the quality of your city commuter). You can still take it off road too!

    Other options: Soma Wolverine, other older mtb hardtails with braze-ons that ensure your ability to swap over all the parts from the Dakar... Really the list is potentially endless.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Sorry, Jamis Dragon Slayer
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    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2016-AM-XR5...hQfB4D5-MIaofQ

    Thoughts on this? Less than half the price of the surly...I know, less mounting points.
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    db, reading your post, I do want more modern geo and real functionality like fenders, mounts, etc. I will most likely run Surly Extraterrestrials or a fatter tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by x3speed View Post
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/2016-AM-XR5...hQfB4D5-MIaofQ

    Thoughts on this? Less than half the price of the surly...I know, less mounting points.
    Well, it's hard to say since I've not seen the frame in person. It does appear to have braze-ons for a rear rack and fenders. Two more points under the top tube for a frame bag perhaps. I have no idea about rear tire clearance either so I don't know it will fit 26+, but perhaps the 650b (27.5) version will work. I will also say that those hooded dropouts may not work well with a Burley trailer. Don't forget you need a fork so you should factor that into the price comparison as well. That said, I've been tempted by some straight from China steel on the 'bay before too but have never pulled the trigger.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x3speed View Post
    db, reading your post, I do want more modern geo and real functionality like fenders, mounts, etc. I will most likely run Surly Extraterrestrials or a fatter tire.
    Ask them if the 2.5 tire you are interested in will fit. I don't know that the China frame qualifies as modern geo either. In any case, I think you will find the Troll the most versatile.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Ill email the fleabay company. I do have a fork on the bike I'm swapping from. Thank you for your suggestions.

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    No response yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x3speed View Post

    What else? Please share your thoughts.
    Hi x3speed,

    Not sure what size you are looking for, but we have size XS and S sizes of Big Mesa's might be an option. It will easily clear a 26x3.0 out back.

    https://www.trailcraftcycles.com/product/big-mesa-26/

    The frame does have lower rack mounts built into the dropout forgings. For the upper struts of the rack, we would suggest the use of a Rack-Lock style seat collar to take the load of the struts. We elected not to have "built in seat stay mounts" with products like the Salsa Rack-Lock and a few others on the market. It's a way cleaner design. Rack-Locks keep your seatpost in place and provide a mounting position for the front struts of a rack.

    Cheers,

    Brett
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    Very good looking, I'm an XL though.

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