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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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    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
    RIP Adam Yauch

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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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