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    Said I was too big with my bike

    Over the weekend while jumping ON to a rock my backwheel ripped out of the frame. The QR was fully tight and peeled the frame on the way past. I did it up tight again (after replacing the bent disk and shredded pads) and much to my dismay a day later it did it again!

    So what is the largest 'off the rack' FS frame out there. I can't afford custom at the moment, so while saving I am looking for a cheap and huge frame.

    Thanks

    Peter

    p.s. I am based in the UK if that makes a difference.

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    What frame is your current one?
    Is it too small or too weak?

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    It was a voodoo bantu '97 model.
    It has lasted quite well but I have outgrown it due to buying when 15 at 20.5"

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    I am just way to big for it, 6'7" here.
    The strength of the frame seemed fine, doing drop-offs onto it, everything else breaks frequently but the frame remained solid for 10yrs of abuse.

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    Dammit,

    I finally found a place in the UK who can make me a custom frame for 400!!!
    Did the research looked great, went to book an appointment, 20 weeks wait.

    dammit dammit dammit!

    The Ti hardtails would be about 750 with only a 7 week wait.

    Not fair, I want a 29" FS custom bike but can't afford at this time, but I need a frame on the short term because mine is bust, frikking typical!!!

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    How much can you afford to pay?

    Sounds like FS is out of your budget, so you'll get a HT instead?

    (I am not an expert on tall frames, just trying to clarify what exactly you are looking for.)

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    Hi,

    Unfortunatly I am stuck in the middle, not enough cash for my dream bike but needing one right now.

    I am now looking for any off the shelf frame with a long top tube.
    Price for a hardtail being as close to 350 as poss but maybee a few hundred more for a FS.

    Perfect size would be 23" seat tube and 27" top tube (curse my gorilla arms)

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    Hi,

    Unfortunatly I am stuck in the middle, not enough cash for my dream bike but needing one right now.

    I am now looking for any off the shelf frame with a long top tube.
    Price for a hardtail being as close to 350 as poss but maybee a few hundred more for a FS.

    Perfect size would be 23" seat tube and 27" top tube (curse my gorilla arms)

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    Actually, orang-u-tang would be more apprpriate, strong, but long and hairy

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    Surly Karate Monkey is pretty big in XL but not quite as big as you said you want. http://www.surlybikes.com/karatemonkey.html

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    Sorry forgot to add, as this is an intermediate upgrade I will still be using 26" wheels

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    Have you looked into possible used frames. Any clubs you can make contact with in the UK who might know someone selling something in the XL frame size. Could get a dream bike for less money than new. Perhaps, contact Ventana bikes and see what they have in the way of end of year demos in XL size. Maybe a lot more than willing to spend at this very moment but I dont think you will break it.

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    The new Kona "Four" is pretty badass. Comes in a 22 inch. Im 6'7' also, and have been looking for FS bike in my size. That is the bike i am going to get. Its the biggest one i can find without going custom. Price is (US) $1200. Not to bad. Im saving up for it.

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    Found one,

    Short of cannondale prices the biggest full-sus I found (and I looked HARD) is the viper fugitif. 62cm top tube, 65 for cannondale.

    If anyone else has found bigger tell me now!!!
    Mine is in the post with a 7 day return policy

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    On taking my bike to the shop for a fram swop quote I have been informed I broker my seat tube too. Bloody typical.

    That means of my original bike all that remains is the rear derailur, not even the cables remain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveGiant
    On taking my bike to the shop for a fram swop quote I have been informed I broker my seat tube too. Bloody typical.

    That means of my original bike all that remains is the rear derailur, not even the cables remain.
    I guess when you fsck up a bike, you do it fully.

    Good luck with the new one!
    Let the market decide!

    N42.58 W83.06

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    Well the new one does look very very cool and as we all know in our hearts that is half the battle won!

    This soft-tail will be interesting, has anyone here riden a soft-tail or FS that has any advice for a HT only rider, some critcal way of riding differently that I should know?
    Do drop offs and all get done with the same technique?

    I just realised, bottom half of teh original headset is old...apart from new crown race and bearings. So rear derraliur and 1/4 of a headset!

    I have trashed my bike so hard since got it and it was worth every penny

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveGiant
    has anyone here riden a soft-tail or FS that has any advice for a HT only rider...
    For me, a major difference is that on a FS bike I stay seated much more than on a HT: more spinning, less out of the saddle mashing.

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    Wahay my new toy is here.
    The research paid off, it is big, really really big.

    Definitly Clyde friendly sizewise, I will give you guys an update on strength when I brake the thing.

    It has an almost non-existant weight which is positive in the short term, only time will tell if this is the buy I think it is.

    Only thing is the headset is HUGE my headset actually fits inside it.

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    Well my new toy was here for three days.
    Some guy seemed to like it as much as I did, liked it so much he took it home with him C^&T.

    So I have started research on my now 29".
    I have a few good frame choices but wheels are a different matter!

    What clyde friendly AM wheels are there out?

    The DEEMAX from mavic looks nice but does it come in a 29"?
    They have a 29" crossmax but dont know what that is designed for.

    UST would be highly preferable!

    Thanking in Advance,

    One unhappy bikeless rider

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