noob seeks advice on HT frame ideas...
I recently built up a 650b SC Butcher with help and advice from several brilliant minds here on the forum. It turned out that I really didnt like or need the 6" travel FS AM bike after completing it but it gave me a great deal of experience in building up a bike from a frameset.
Ive since done a lot of reading about Hardtails and did own a HT Fuji 20 years ago which I liked. It was a full rigid.
Anyway, I sold the butcher frame, Fox Float 160 forks and I have placed an order (back ordered) a 2013 SC Chameleon to add my left over parts onto along with about a 120mm fork.
I like the Manitou Minute forks for several reasons.
I am a clydesdale, however, and I'm having second thoughts that maybe I should be getting a steel frame instead. I've read that their frames are more comfortable (flexy) for rougher trails, and perhaps tougher and less likely to fail with larger riders ?
Here are a few steel frames that I have researched that meet some basic requirements I'll need.
Cotic Soul, 4.4 lbs (not 100% certain it's 650b able)
Kona Explosif 650b, probably 5.5+lbs ??? (not out till this spring, but will be available as frame only)
Soma B-Side, about 4.5lbs
I really like the Chameleon. It's a bit easier to hit my builds weight goal of 11kg using the aluminum alloy frame. The SC frame is only 1875g.
It can be done with steel though too.
The Butcher frame was heavy feeling at 7.5 lbs and turned into a 30#12oz bike.
I'm not that anal about a HT being 24-26 lbs. I will run a 1x10 drivetrain. Maybe a SS in the future so sliding dropouts are important too.
So, I guess my biggest question revolves around frame material and if steel, which of those frames do you like or recommend. Or am I missing something ?
Is aluminum too harsh a ride for a big novice who will never race ?
Steve Peat has no problem on one!
You mentioned back order so I take it's not one from the clearence link.
Originally Posted by roxo56
Santa Cruz Bicycles' Steve Peat and Josh Bryceland on the New Chameleon - YouTube