Steel 29er HT frame
Doing a build for a friend. I'm giving him 90% of the components, he's just paying for the frame, saddle, pedals, headset, and the LBS to put everything together.
He asked my recommendations for a steel frame. I've never ridden a Soma but I heard they are really nice and I can appreciate the sliding drop out technology. But before I make the recommendation to him I wanted to see if there was anything else out there you all think I should look at.
The Soma frames cost $480. He's got a budget of $800 for the full bike build so this would work but I'd like to come in under so he has less heartache from his wife.
Do you like the Soma frames? Analog or Juice?
Is there another frame I should look at that is less money?
Is there another frame I should look at that is more money? Why?
On One/ Titus
A Scandal if they have the size you want. A great deal at that price.
Or an Inbred
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The Juice is a 29er, the Analog is a 26er. Somas are nice frames, I don't think they get quite the credit they deserve. I have a Juice that I periodically try to sell when the Next Big Thing arrives, but I usually overprice it to make sure no one actually buys it. It rides nice, very smooth and stable.
I've had many steel frames. The Juice is probably the smoothest. I liked the quicker reflexes of the Karate Monkey, but the stupid short head tube and rear track ends frustrated me.
+1 for On One. Best bang for your buck for a steel frame - period! Good prices on other components too. Look at both the US site and the UK site.
Of course Surly is a great too. Just a little pricier than On One. But the versatility of the Ogre/KM can't be beat.
Surly Cross Check: fat tire roadie
Surly LHT: Kid hauler
On One Inbred: SS 26er
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