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    26er DJ / play bike on the cheap

    I'd like to get a simple and playful beater bike to practice technique and to generally fool around with. It struck me that some of the DJ style bikes that were sold as youth bikes in the '00s might be a good base to build such a bike. The idea would be to singlespeed the bike and replace the fork with a 120-130mm travel one and put a properly wide riser bar on it.

    Now the challenge is to find a used bike with a good enough frame for such use. I found a Bikeradar article that lauded the 2010 Scott Voltage YZ frame while bashing its build kit - that sounds about perfect for me. Others that I've thought of are Kona Stuff and Shred models but they are harder to come by cheap. Any other suggestions? Burly frame, disk brakes, an oversized headtube to run tapered forks is a plus. Vertical dropouts are also okay, I don't mind running a chain tensioner.

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    Specialized P-series bikes fit the bill
    Azonic had a few frames that would work also, like the Steelhead.

    I've got a Sinister DNA that I did the same thing with.

    New DJ builds are actually pretty cheap to begin with, so you might want to look at those before going to a build.
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    Thanks, I looked up those bikes but found nothing at the local used market.

    On the other hand I could source Scott Voltage YZ 35s pretty easily because they were sold by the boatload by a general sports equipment chain back in the day. Can anyone confirm that the frame on those is legit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimoA View Post
    Thanks, I looked up those bikes but found nothing at the local used market.

    On the other hand I could source Scott Voltage YZ 35s pretty easily because they were sold by the boatload by a general sports equipment chain back in the day. Can anyone confirm that the frame on those is legit?
    The frame on the Scott looks like the early 2000s Specialized HardRock. I did something similar. I still see them on CL from time to time.


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    I have a 2005 Jamis Komodo Fx 1.0 for sale if you are interested... usd425 slightly neg...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimoA View Post
    I'd like to get a simple and playful beater bike to practice technique and to generally fool around with. It struck me that some of the DJ style bikes that were sold as youth bikes in the '00s might be a good base to build such a bike. The idea would be to singlespeed the bike and replace the fork with a 120-130mm travel one and put a properly wide riser bar on it.

    Now the challenge is to find a used bike with a good enough frame for such use. I found a Bikeradar article that lauded the 2010 Scott Voltage YZ frame while bashing its build kit - that sounds about perfect for me. Others that I've thought of are Kona Stuff and Shred models but they are harder to come by cheap. Any other suggestions? Burly frame, disk brakes, an oversized headtube to run tapered forks is a plus. Vertical dropouts are also okay, I don't mind running a chain tensioner.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bramarante View Post
    I have a 2005 Jamis Komodo Fx 1.0 for sale if you are interested... usd425 slightly neg...
    http://forums.mtbr.com/attachments/j...05komodo10.jpg sample pic

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    Nah, wrong continent. Not going to pay over 200 for the bike anyway.

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