So my 09 Dakota 29 frame cracked. I really dont want an Exile frame so I'm strongly considering upgrading to either a Dragon 29 pro or the Dakota D29 race. Just about nothing on the bike is stock so all the components are worthy of a nicer frame. There are pros and cons to both and I'm having trouble deciding. Anyone have any experience on the ride quality of the D29 race? I'd have to change a couple things out to make either frame work.
Heres the pros and cons of each.
lower bb height (nice for the sweeping trails around here)
High quality steel frame-unique and rare thing of beauty
Did I mention the silky smooth ride quality?
flexier-I'm a 6'2" 230lb clydes racer
Have to get a new headset, seatpost, and shim for the front der to get it running
Dakota D29 Pros
Slacker head tube-more stable
Stiffer- harsher ride
Have to get adaptors for the BB30 bb and the headset, but everything else bolts on.
I do some racing, but wouldn't say I'm hardcore about it. I'd say most of my anxious about the drastic lack of feedback on the D29 race. I have no idea how it stacks up. If its simply my old Dakota frame with carbon stays and I'm paying $450 for the stays, I'll pass and get the high quality steel. But if the AL is an improvement to, I'm strongly considering it. I know the Dragon is a proven performer that will be super comfy to ride and last for years (good one to do a SS conversion on it later on), but the Dakota would be a better platform to race on, and who knows, the carbon stays combined with my carbon seatpost could really smooth things out. Input? Thoughts? Suggestions? I'm really torn on this. It costs the same for either, btw.
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