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    Need a hardtail frame, summer build.

    Well i've decided to build a new bike for the summer. Im looking for a hardtail frame, there seems to be so many out there. i'm looking for something with some decent front travel potential. Ive looked at a few frames, such as transition and NS bikes. Any suggestions? budget $500

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    I have an 07' Specialized Hardrock frame that is bomb proof. I have been very happy with it. It's for sale by the way.

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    Banshee Morphine

    you might be looking at about $600 for that frame, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamwellman
    I have an 07' Specialized Hardrock frame that is bomb proof. I have been very happy with it. It's for sale by the way.

    i have a hard rock right now, looking for something new as a pre summer build, from the ground up.

    im still debating over steel or alum. And now im checking out the morphine

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    The Morphine might be a bit on the tough side for the AM forum. Banshee's Scirocco would be more like it, if you can find one.

    Have you seen On-One's 456 or 456 Summer Season?

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    SC Chameleon

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    wow lots of nice frames out there. im really looking at a lot now!

    Evil Sovereign
    Santa cruz Chameleon
    Transition Vagrant
    On-One 456

    anyone know much about NS bikes? im really digging the style, but theres not much info about them out there.


    steel vs alum? when weight isnt a huge factor is steel better over all?

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    Also Transition TransAM. Is steel vs Vagrant is alum and little more than 500

    The Evil Sovereign looks bad ass

    Aluminum will be a stiffer harsher ride. Aluminum also does have a fatique life.

    Steel will be more compliant and has a more infinite lifespan. (different steel tubeset will have different rides)

    Have heard good things about Ns bikes.

    Ns surge also looks good. 67 ha $333
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=32950

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    All metal has a fatigue life

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    I have a large 07 Chameleon, can't say enough good things about it. Not crazy about the eccentric BB on the new ones though, flies in the face of simplicity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One_Speed
    Also Transition TransAM. Is steel vs Vagrant is alum and little more than 500

    The Evil Sovereign looks bad ass

    Aluminum will be a stiffer harsher ride. Aluminum also does have a fatique life.

    Steel will be more compliant and has a more infinite lifespan. (different steel tubeset will have different rides)

    Have heard good things about Ns bikes.

    Ns surge also looks good. 67 ha $333
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=32950

    yes the evil sovereign is a sexy beast, but its a litttttle over my budget (double?)

    i do like the ns surge too, and thanks for the transAM suggesion

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    I wanted a Dialled Bikes Alpine frame myself, but they're so hard to find in the states.

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    wait for the new evils
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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
    wait for the new evils

    im thinking the price is gonna be too much for the evil

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    wait for the new evils to come out and buy the old ones cheaper
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrogen
    Well i've decided to build a new bike for the summer. Im looking for a hardtail frame, there seems to be so many out there. i'm looking for something with some decent front travel potential. Ive looked at a few frames, such as transition and NS bikes. Any suggestions? budget $500
    Solid frame, good geometry, good price.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Norco-Bigfoot-frame-2006--17inches-Brand-NEW!!_W0QQitemZ230320308990QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20 090119?IMSfp=TL090119124003r13653

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    Quote Originally Posted by saturnine
    wait for the new evils to come out and buy the old ones cheaper

    good idea lol, know any retailers that sell evils?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrogen
    good idea lol, know any retailers that sell evils?
    Try Evil, they had a few left last fall. They were a good deal but still a lot more than some of the other frames in this thread.

    If you're on a budget, and the sizing & color works for you, I would get a dialled bikes alpine and be done with it! Check on eBay....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrogen
    good idea lol, know any retailers that sell evils?
    crc has DOC frames for just over $500.

    yeti dj is also awesome as a trail bike. $539
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Depending on how big u are, 15 or 17in NS core with a Domain would be a great bike, and cheap

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    Depending on the release date and price of the sovereign (or if i get the transAm), I MAY put up my 07 medium sinister ridge for sale. Great bike, but i wanna try a steel frame already.

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    azonic steelhead is a bargain.
    RIP Adam Yauch

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    Gah! Double post......

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    Get a Chameleon there r few more fun bikes.Set it up with any fork u want to suite your riding style or as a single speed.The new eccentric bb is brilliant and full proof and simply extends the versatillity of the bike

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    You just need to know what you want, there's a fair number of great bikes out there.

    In the past I spent time on a steel KHS with traditional xc geometry. Meh, not so good, I much preferred my porky fully for pretty much everything. It's now a full rigid with 1" slicks for commuting to work.

    I'm 6'2" and wanted a strong, low, moderately slack, affordable hardtail this time around. Something that could rip the corners and handle any drops that my ankles would tolerate. I spent 3 riding days on an older-model SC Chameleon with 150mm fork and really liked it. I now own a TransAM with a 36 Talas up front and like it even more! Really fun bike, and has really clean lines with sexy paint.

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    Dialled Alpine

    Try this on for size-
    I just received mine from this seller (it's actually the owner of Dialled Bikes auction. His name is Mike and he'll answer anything you ask). I'm just putting it together now and as far as build quality it is awesome! It's Reynolds tubing and is quite light for a burly steel frame. He says it'll take up to a 3" tire and works with a triple-ring if you want.
    Here's the link-
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Dialled-Bikes-Al...3%3A1|294%3A50

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    New Chameleon is awesome, mine was built with a Pike fork, rode llike a hardtail version of the Heckler, really solid and stable bike that gives great confidence, I even run mine with a Lyric for a couple of months, downhill was amazing, still climbed fine.
    The eccentric BB was fine no issues, first thing you do is strip it grease it up and put back together, I had mine at the top position this gave more pedal clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by juice
    You just need to know what you want, there's a fair number of great bikes out there.

    In the past I spent time on a steel KHS with traditional xc geometry. Meh, not so good, I much preferred my porky fully for pretty much everything. It's now a full rigid with 1" slicks for commuting to work.

    I'm 6'2" and wanted a strong, low, moderately slack, affordable hardtail this time around. Something that could rip the corners and handle any drops that my ankles would tolerate. I spent 3 riding days on an older-model SC Chameleon with 150mm fork and really liked it. I now own a TransAM with a 36 Talas up front and like it even more! Really fun bike, and has really clean lines with sexy paint.
    you basically described exactly what im looking for, with 2 of the several frames im looking at, wtih the same travel im looking for. I just need to make a decision, still doing some researching and looking for the best prices for evil sovereign, sc chameleon, transition transam/vagrant, and still looking up ns surge.

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    banshee sirocco is a real nice frame... very versitile too
    Keep on Ridin

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    I would go with a norco. Like the rampage, bigfoot, etc. Or a DMR Trailstar.

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    Seems to be quite the resurgence in interest in chromo hardtails. I think that's rad.

    A non steel option that hasn't yet been mentioned: Chumba HX1.

    The steel options that I like:
    Transition TransAm
    Dialled Bikes Alpine
    Cotic BFe
    On One 456 Summer Season
    Chromag Samurai or Sakura
    Evil DOC or Sovereign

    It's a good time to be into steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    Seems to be quite the resurgence in interest in chromo hardtails. I think that's rad.

    A non steel option that hasn't yet been mentioned: Chumba HX1.

    The steel options that I like:
    Transition TransAm
    Dialled Bikes Alpine
    Cotic BFe
    On One 456 Summer Season
    Chromag Samurai or Sakura
    Evil DOC or Sovereign

    It's a good time to be into steel.

    im probably going to pull the trigger on the summer season tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hydrogen
    im probably going to pull the trigger on the summer season tomorrow!
    PM mtbr user foshizzle. He had a couple of new ones lying around as recently as this past week. For cheap!

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    I would go with a norco. Like the rampage, bigfoot, etc. Or a DMR Trailstar.

    Most definitely, Mike rides a Trailstar LT and its a tough ass frame and can take up to 170mm in the front. I ride a Rampage with 160mm [it can take about 180mm] in front and its bad as fawk. You can beat the tar out these bikes and nothing breaks! The DMR is quite a bit lighter even though its a steel frame, but for a heavy bike the Norco has awesome geometry and is easily pedaled and dropped [hard]. They make great all mountain bikes if you can take the punishment of a HT on big fast stuff.

    When I was looking for a burly HT FR frame, I was looking at Norco, DMR, Transition, and Banshee...it really depends on how much you want to spend but if you've got the coin, the Rampage is sick as are the DMRs, Transitions, and Banshees, just depends on how you build them, they are all great manufacturers!
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    Like Saturnine said, the Azonic Steelhead is a badass frame and can be had for under $400!
    "If your not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space." ~ J. Whittaker

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    Quote Originally Posted by scruffylooking
    PM mtbr user foshizzle. He had a couple of new ones lying around as recently as this past week. For cheap!
    thanks Scruffy

    Hydrogen...i sold 4 of them yesterday but dont have more, right now. Please also note that you waited about a week or so too long to get a ripping deal....you will now pay $105 shipping alone for a frame. Still a great deal for you for what you get, just not the riproaring deal...i will of course sell them cheaper but need to get more first

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    I have a '07 Komodo 3.0. It's a pretty solid frame, they are only $185 on JensonUSA. There is a nother good frame. Its made by Mountain Cycle called rumble. It looks pretty nice too.

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