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    Need Advice: GT Tempest versus Trek 930 Singletrack

    I have the chance to get a new frame for a build up since someone is giving them away and I can only build up one. Both are mid-90's models with the Trek being all steel but no replaceable derailleur hanger. The GT looks practically bomb proof, is aluminum and has the replacable hanger. I won't be doing much down hill on this one, mainly commuting and some moderate trail riding.

    Any suggestions? Have any of you owned one or the other (or both). If it was your choice what would you take? I'm having too hard of a time trying to decide!

    Thanks in advance for your two-cents worth!

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    The 930 is a far superior frame, high quality US made with True Temper OX tubing. Steel rides smooth on the trails, easy on the body after a day in the saddle. Steel bikes don't need replaceable hangers because steel is more durable and can be bent without snapping.

    The Tempest is a strait gage aluminum frame, solid for sure but will ride like concrete...no give, trail vibration goes right up your spine. Replaceable hanger is great, assuming you can find one for a 15 year old frame.

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