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    All-Mountain frame on a budget?? Best for the money........

    Im in the market for a 17" all mountain FS frame---Yet, I do not want to break the bank at all. I have all the components from my previous bike, but Ive cracked the frame and haven't stayed in the loop for decent frame in quite a while.

    I would like something, NON-mainstream. I like helping out the smaller companies and I am currently looking at the DSF by HarveyCycles.com. Plus they are right up the road from me.

    Anyways, are ya'lls thoughts, Im honestly open to any and everything as long as its a good price and decently made.

    Thanks!
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    I have heard good things about the Harvey Cycles & as you no the price is right. Another one would be the Versus Blitz, Adrenaline is blowing out the '05's at a smoking great price. They are a local company for me thats one reason i went with them + the customer is awsome, great people Herb & Vivian.

    http://www.adrenalinebikes.com/store...ES%20on%20SALE

    http://www.versuscycles.com/

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    If your looking for something outside the maain stream, the Blitz would be a good place to start. Thier getting raves and the prices are pretty good. And they can take whatever ya got.

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    That Blitz may be the one bike that might make me consider going *gasp* full-suspension! Oh no! Great price tho, nice looking geometry, and seems to be well specced. Just have to wait and see...

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    Maybe this is off topic, but I found a brand new Iron Horse MKIII frame/Thomson post/FSA integrated headset for $510 last month. Five inches of DW Link travel....

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    Hey MSU_Grad,

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    These are mainstream, but well made and well priced.

    Iron Horse for sure.
    SC Heckler (good deals on these if you are willing to look).
    Kona Dawg.
    Ibex?
    Wellgo?

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    heres a thought

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    azonic saber...period!

    for $700 @ wheelworld , all things mtn biking considered,: it cannot be beat...period!

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    Jamis XLT $430 at Jenson , 125mm travel, great frame..
    The world needs a huge socio-economic change...be it. We all need to ride more....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOEHEAD
    Im in the market for a 17" all mountain FS frame---Yet, I do not want to break the bank at all. I have all the components from my previous bike, but Ive cracked the frame and haven't stayed in the loop for decent frame in quite a while.

    I would like something, NON-mainstream. I like helping out the smaller companies and I am currently looking at the DSF by HarveyCycles.com. Plus they are right up the road from me.

    Anyways, are ya'lls thoughts, Im honestly open to any and everything as long as its a good price and decently made.

    Thanks!
    B
    another at adrenaline bikes:
    Marin quad tara - 4-6" for 699
    or shop around for entire bike...not much marketing, superior reviews, looks are not for the picky
    i love mine - but i am biased. search on the forum for quad tara or marin tara for reviews - attack trail and wolf ridge are the models

    as far as the frames are concerend, the frame is shared b/t all bikes in the line up - so it doesnt matter which frame you get (other than color) quad tara is one frame (adjustable()OR quad (4")

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    Quote Originally Posted by nhodge
    for $700 @ wheelworld , all things mtn biking considered,: it cannot be beat...period!
    sure, if you don't mind cracked frames

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    Quote Originally Posted by SSINGA
    sure, if you don't mind cracked frames
    SS,

    I think you're referring to the cracked chainstay problem, correct?

    If so, that particular part was beefed up on the '04's pretty dramatically. I have a buddy (Juice) that cracked the chainstay on his Saber a couple of years ago and hasn't had an issue with it since they sent him the '04 chainstays. I'm sure he went bigger on that bike than most as it was Shore / Whistler bike (DH build w/ Super T) before betting his VPF. He's still riding it as his "xc" bike with a 36 lb. build on it.

    For the money, I'd say this is a hard deal to beat. Might not get him the prestige of the RFX / Nomad / 6.6, but he could put the extra $1,100+ towards better components AND a trip to Whistler or Moab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ebxtreme
    SS,

    I think you're referring to the cracked chainstay problem, correct?

    If so, that particular part was beefed up on the '04's pretty dramatically. I have a buddy (Juice) that cracked the chainstay on his Saber a couple of years ago and hasn't had an issue with it since they sent him the '04 chainstays. I'm sure he went bigger on that bike than most as it was Shore / Whistler bike (DH build w/ Super T) before betting his VPF. He's still riding it as his "xc" bike with a 36 lb. build on it.

    For the money, I'd say this is a hard deal to beat. Might not get him the prestige of the RFX / Nomad / 6.6, but he could put the extra $1,100+ towards better components AND a trip to Whistler or Moab.

    Cheers,
    EBX
    Heard of and have seen cracked seat tubes also. I'd buy a close-out Kona or Specialized before the Azonic.

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    Seems like you're on the right track with those Harvey bikes, especially if they're "just up the road". There's nothing that beats having the frame builder right around the corner. The bikes look pretty sweet and the prices look pretty good too boot.
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    You could also take a look at the new Sette Riddik at Pricepoint. It only has 3 - 4 inches of travel with a manitou swinger 4-way, but looks almost identical to the Harvey DSF and costs about a $100 less.

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    Second the XLT

    Great price, 17", fox shock, and free headset !

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