motobecane Fantom Trail 29 vs Outcast
I sold my camp-stove-green Karate Monkey frame during a long bout of joblessness. I just got a new job, though, and since the trails are still wet, I guess it's time to start building another bike. Naturally, I'm looking into the cheap stuff, and for the money it seems the Motobecane offerings are the best value for plain frames-- still got the wheels, Reba and drivetrain from my old KM.
So I'm torn between the Fantom and the Outcast. I'm going geared again, but I'm intrigued by the sliding dropouts on the Outcast. If I clamp 'em down and run geared, will I see any slippage?
One of my big gripes about the KM was that taking a bad line / hitting a rock would occasionally jack my rear wheel sideways in the dropouts. This is why I'm not considering a few other slot dropout designs (also, a pain to get the wheel out past the brake rotor to change a flat).
Should I bother with the sliding dropouts or not? Apart from paint, it seems like the dropout is the only difference between the Fantom and the Outcast.
Also, anyone out there at 5'10" tall / 30" inseam riding a 17"? I'm usually comfortable on 18" 26ers and my old 16" Karate Monkey felt a litte cramped.