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    Help Me Build a Cheap/Light 27.5 Rigid

    My 24" singlespeed dirtjumper/townie never sees jumps anymore and a multispeed with bigger wheels would be a better townie. I haven't done a real trail ride on a hardtail since 1997 but it might be fun to have a really light rigid bike for the occasional change of pace ride. I'd like to build a light, rigid 27.5 1x10 on a reasonable budget. It'll use streetish tires most of the time and I'll swap on XCish tires for trail rides.

    I'd like your advice on (remember, semi-budget):
    Frame: I'm thinking no-name Asian carbon and could use suggestions to narrow it down, but I'm open to other options. I like short chainstays, low BB, slackish headtube, and 12x142 (if that's even available?).

    Fork: Rigid, light, an axle-to-crown that provides good geometry with the frame, and QR15 if available.

    Wheels: Normally I'd build a set from cheapish/lightish hubs and Arch or Flow rims. I work at a NoTubes dealer so I'll check on my price for their prebuilt wheels. I'm curious if there's some cheap/light pre-built set I'm not aware of.

    P.S. I work at a shop so Asia-direct frame, fork, wheel deals will be compared to anything I can get from normal distributors.
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    For the frame I'm leaning toward a Hong Fu HF-FM196 or HF-FM136 (heavier) but a slacker head angle would be nice.
    I can't find any QR15 650 rigid forks.
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    Not really sure exactly why you'd want a thru-axle on a rigid fork other than ease of removal/installation, don't think you're going to be hammering it hard enough to see an actual benefit. Just my opinion. I have a 26" chinese carbon frame that has worked quite well for two years now, go with the frame you think will fit best.

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    Yeah, no real need for the 15mm but all my front wheels are gravitating toward 15 & 20mm, 27.5" so compatibility and swapability were the reasons for the thru-axles. I couldn't find a 15mm fork and saved a couple hundred dollars skipping the rear thru-axle (I needed a 20something inch). The NoTubes wheels I got came with the parts to easily change between these axle standards and the bolt-on skewers I'm using will keep it stiff.
    All the parts are on order and I'll post a pic when it's done.
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    Well here's the follow up, it's all done:
    Here's my FR-502. Cost me $1700. I already had the post, bars, and pedals. 19.3lb with the flat pedals, a little less with SPDs. I'm using it as a townie, for little trail rides with the dog, and it may see the occasional XC race when the course suits it.
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