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    Hardtail recommendations for 120mm fork

    Hi all. Been thinking about building a new bike from parts around the shop and stripping some from current bike. I need some suggestions on a frame that will not be used to race on and needs not to be an aggressive stance. I'll be putting a 120mm 1 1/8 fork on it. Lokking to spend up to $750 so aluminum or chromo steel is good.

    Riding type: technical single track, lots of climbing

    any frame suggestions?


    thanks,

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    Definitely. Been riding since the '90's and decided to go back to steel hardtail after going full-suspension and titanium. My wife and I are both riding Cotic Souls right now. 14.5" and 16" frames. 4.1lbs and 4.3lbs frames. Both set-up with 120mm forks, mine is SS, my wife's is 1X10. Both have dropper seatposts. Most fun and versatile bikes I have ridden so far. I also have a Evil Sovereign which is a blast to ride, but it is heavier (slacker head angle too) but does not climb as well. Cotic Souls are made of steel, Reynolds 853.

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    If you're into carbon, Amazon is listing a carbon hard tail (Gaea) for $635. There are several sizes and the one I saw has tapered head tube but I think a 1 1/8 is available and for lots of climbing carbon may be the ticket.

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    On One 456 for the price point is awesome. Jamis Dragon is also awesome but I thinks its setup for 100mm.

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    Duct tape iz like teh Force. It has a Lite side and a Dark side and it holdz the Universe together.

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    I've got a Santa Cruz Chameleon with a 120mm fork on it. I think the 2012 version is still being sold on clearance from Santa Cruz's site for about $350.
    2013 Chromag Rootdown
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    2001 Specalized Rockhopper FSR

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    29er? banshee paradox yelli screamy are both awesome frames

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steineken View Post
    29er? banshee paradox yelli screamy are both awesome frames
    I agree. If you're thinking 29r, I'd go with one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Map204 View Post
    I've got a Santa Cruz Chameleon with a 120mm fork on it. I think the 2012 version is still being sold on clearance from Santa Cruz's site for about $350.
    +1 on this one

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