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    Sub $1000 clyde frame, Canzo or Dos Niner?

    I'm a 5'10" 250 to 260lb clyde. I intend to purchase a 29er, either full suspension or soft tail, this spring. I would like to keep the frame under $1000 if possible. Because of my messed up L1 and L2 (spurs and compression) I need to go suspension. I've been looking at the Voodoo Canzo, but am wary or the reliability of the Rock Shox Monarch. I've also been looking into the Salsa Dos Niner, but worry about the chain stays and miniscule shock holding up under my clydeness. Any experience with these two frames or suggestions for a sub $1000 29er with suspension?
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    i'd ask over in the 29er forum... but i'd lean towards the canzo myself... it's a real FS... the best way i've read a softail described as is "a hardtail with benefits"...

    mater of fact... I just asked my LBS about the canzo 29er frame today... his price is better then online by over $100... not figuring for shipping ... one of these days i'll have enough $$$ for it

    do a search for canzo in the 29er forum and you'll find a bit about em
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    6'6" 285

    I built up a Dos last year and rode it from June to November I never had a problem. I think it is one hell of a frame being that I am 6'6 285. It felt great on those rooty and rocky New England trails.

    I do mostly medium to hard trails but no big drops of anything real sick and it's not because the Dos frame can't take it, it's because this 40 year old frame can't take it. I don't think you can go wrong with either but I perfer the Dos Niner. Enjoy whatever you get and good luck.

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    I'm leaning toward the Dos Niner as much for the simplicity as anything else. It's not that I shun maintenance, but the less the better. We've got enough roots, and rocks depending where you ride, in the midwest to make my back feel crunchy. I think between the 1" travel of the frame and the extra cush of the 29er tires, my back should be okay.

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    in that case have you considered a hardtail with a thudbuster?... LOTS cheaper and should give a similar effect...
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    Dos Niner

    I don't think you will be upset with your choice, there was many a time I hit a good size drop or log and said "I can't believe this thing only has a 1" of travel. I would look around on-line I found my '06 for 500 bucks for the XL. Good luck and throw a few pics out of whatever you buy. There's nothing better than bike porn...........!

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    I haven't run across $500 Dos Niner deals yet, but I'm still looking. I ran across some 2008 models for around $700, but everyone seems to be sold out. I won't be ready to purchase until April, and by then there won't be much chance on picking up a small (I have a 29" inseam) 2008 or earlier closeout frame. I guess I'll be stuck paying 2009 prices. I'll be sure to post some pics when I finish building.

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    29er FS frame for under $1k is a tall order. You may find that you get a whole lot more if you expand you budget to $2k and buy a complete. I sold my Turner Sultan last year for $1800 with less than a season on it and a great clyde build kit.

    When I started looking around for a replacement this Spring I ran into about what you have found price-wise. I ended up buying a complete Heckler for $1k, granted it isn't a 29er but I didn't want to expand my budget

    Of the two you listed I would get the Voodoo, it is a better trail bike.
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    I plan to swap over most of my components, Thompson post and stem, King headset, Avid BB7 disk brakes, Cane Creek levers, etc. Another frame I considered is the Salsa Big Mamma, pleanty of standover for my stumpy legs. I know it's not sub $1000, but I've seen prices around $1200.

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    while looking though "the book" at my shop... he pointed out the big mama... and drooled... i'd def consider it... but it's 2x the price of the voodoo...
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