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    Steel frame recommendation?

    So after many hard miles my Transition Bandit 29 has a crack in the frame. Im thinking about getting a steel frame and converting all the parts. On a budget because I am also saving up for a separate XC race bike.

    Ideally the frame would be slack and good for a 140mm fork, 12x142 hub spacing and 31.6mm seatpost for my dropper.

    Any recommendations?

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    Used Kona Honzo, (new ones have boost spacing).

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    All the current ones on my radar are boost. It's possible to get boost adaptors for a lot of hubs out there.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    I really liked the ros9 when I threw a foot over one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Travis Bickle View Post
    All the current ones on my radar are boost. It's possible to get boost adaptors for a lot of hubs out there.
    Boost is definitely not a deal breaker. I can get the adapter for sure.

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    I went with a Pipedream Moxie which has a 30.9 seat tube so I replaced the lower on my Revive. Very happy I could just replace the tube
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElwoodT View Post
    Used Kona Honzo, (new ones have boost spacing).
    The Honzo is a great suggestion, but there are plenty others. They would most likely be the least expensive AMHT frame. 2012's had 135qr dropouts, 2013-2016 had 142x12 and 2017+ is boost. And they use 31.6 seatposts.

    Canfield N9, NS Eccentric, Transition TransAm (used), Chromag Rootdown/BA and Surface, RSD Middlechild, and more. I think most if not all have moved to boost for plus tires. 3
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    I really like my Guerilla Gravity Pedalhead.

    Guerrilla Gravity - Pedalhead

    You would need a boost adaptor, and the seat post is 30.9.
    (If you can find a used Pedalhead frame, the older ones had 31.6 seat tube.)

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    I'm on my second Honzo right now, great bikes. If I were looking into options I'd check out the Chromag steel frames, after watching their spotlight over on pinkbike I got a pretty good impression of them:


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    Thinking of selling my 2014 M TransAM, it ticks all your boxes but seatpost diameter is 30.9. However, I do have a reverb I could include.

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    Local I would vote for Chromag Rootdown BA.
    Others on my radar are
    Pipedream Moxie
    Cotic Solaris
    Swarf Spline 29
    Stanton Switchback or Slackline in 27.5+ (for 29er standard)
    On-One Inbred

    Currently saving my pennies for the Cotic FlareMAX or RocketMAX (full sus steel). The new Stanton Switch9er is beautiful but DAMN expensive.

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    If you really want slack, then the Ragley Big Wig frame would probably suit you, (was too slack for my tastes) and the price is killer once you don't need a 21"/XL.

    I didn't want something so slack and wanted it rigid with a fork, so went with a 2018 Kona Unit and am really pleased with it so far. It ticks all your "boxes", except not sure if they endorse a 140mm fork, think it's designed for 100-120mm. Currently running mine rigid with an external lower cup and miss matched wheels (B+ r/29+ f) to help slacken it out to about 66.5-67*. Best thing is even with the rigid fork, the complete frameset at full retail is $550 US, so you might be able to get it even cheaper if you had a good relationship with a local dealer/store and if not, still a great price.
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    Thanks everyone for the great feedback! Fantastic forum.

    I picked up a Ragley Big Wig size L off of Chain Reaction for a great price and it's going to require minimal parts to swap over. They say the size L fits up to 6'3" (my height) so I should be good to go.

    Can't wait to build this up and shred!

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    Make sure you post pis and thoughts when you get it all built up, very curious to hear and see actual personal thoughts on these., Depending on how my time with the Unit goes now with a 66.5.67* HTA, I might be tempted with one of these for even more aggressive riding and a sus fork.

    You should be fine on the 455 reach with about a 60-70mm stem, depending on your body proportions, could go shorter if more torso than legs type build, 785mm bar. That's what I run on my bike with reach numbers in that area.
    Quote Originally Posted by tgoods View Post
    Thanks everyone for the great feedback! Fantastic forum.

    I picked up a Ragley Big Wig size L off of Chain Reaction for a great price and it's going to require minimal parts to swap over. They say the size L fits up to 6'3" (my height) so I should be good to go.

    Can't wait to build this up and shred!
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    Here is the new bike! I haven't ridden it yet but very excited to try it out.

    So I did use a Wolf Tooth boostinator to make the the 142 hub work with the 148 boost spacing of the frame. What we learned in the build process is the rim has to be re-dished by 6mm to run center, which cost some extra bucks. Other than that the build went smooth.

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    Very happy with my first run Chromag Surface

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgoods View Post


    Here is the new bike! I haven't ridden it yet but very excited to try it out.

    So I did use a Wolf Tooth boostinator to make the the 142 hub work with the 148 boost spacing of the frame. What we learned in the build process is the rim has to be re-dished by 6mm to run center, which cost some extra bucks. Other than that the build went smooth.
    I almost bought one of the Big Wig frames on sale!! I'm bummed I didn't the bike looks great

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