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    Gunnar Rock Hound -vs- Yeti ARC

    It's time for a new frame.

    I am replacing a 853 steel hardtail that is a little too short in the top tube. I had intended to stick to steel, as my current HT rides a lot smoother than what I recall from my old Alu HT. Of course that could just be because I am a much better rider now

    However - Yeti had to go throw a wrench in the system by shipping their manufacturing of the ARC's overseas, and dropping the price by $300.

    So I am in a quandry. Which frame do I get?

    Use will be for my primary trial bike. 1-3 hour rides at high speed in conditions typical of SW Colorado / Nothern NM. Occasional Race Use.

    I already have a FS "all-mountain" type bike (Yeti ASR) and a FS Race bike, so this purchase does not need to fufill either of those requirements


    Yeti

    Pros
    • It's a Yeti
    • It's scandium / alu and LIGHT
    • It's a Yeti
    • Longer seat tube to match the 23.5 TT - looks more normal than having a 410 seatpost.


    Cons
    • Overseas production
    • Only available in Turquoise


    Gunnar
    Pros
    • Steel
    • More color choices
    • Made in USA

    Cons
    • Steel
    • Short seat tube for 23.5" TT
    • Seat stays only allow for 2.1 max tire


    I'm not too worried about the 1/2 pound weight penalty of the steel.

    So... what is the consensus here - Steel Gunnar or lightweight ARC

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    If it were my money Gunnar all the way

    steel is a much better ride, you'll take less of a beating ride than aluminum,
    but I will say, the Yeti arc is one a heck of an XC race machine from everthing I've heard through out the years.

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