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    Scarcity of 26" SS bikes?

    My wife and I have a friend who wants to switch from her FS gearie to a SS. Being 5'2" she is not really a good candidate for a 29er (14/15" frame size). We've been looking for small or Xsmall used SS frames and there are not that many to be had. I can find any number of med-large 29er SS frames easily. Just curios - are the shorter people just holding on to those bikes? Or were they really not that popular?

    I did find a small selection of new SS frames that size - Inbred, 4one5 and a couple others, but the market of 26er SS frames seems to have gotten much much smaller.

    Any other places besides eBay and Craigslist I could be looking?

    Thanks,

    ScottN

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    how much can she spend? i just had a 26" siren built for me and i love it. I know he can do whatever she wants. Mine was an odd size to match my body type, 21" seat tube with a shorter top tube.

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    look for non ss frames, and pick up a forward components ebb. that will make your searching end alot sooner and successfully.

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    any geared 26" hardtail converted with an FC EBB or a WI Eccentric hub. Both of these setups should work very well and solve the frame availability issue.

    Also, most budget SS frames are made of budget steel and are a good bit heavier than equivalent aluminum frames. At that size I would think weight would matter much more than for most of us, and being able to use an aluminum frame would certainly help in that department

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    Heh. If she can wait, this is in prototype.



    Though she might be able to fit a small diSSent (I'm 5'4" and it's sweet).

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    My ladyfriend is 5' 2" and she fits great on the extra small 1x1. Those frames can be found at pretty reasonable prices new and used.

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    salsa a la carte?
    suggest you stop looking for ss-only, LOTS of companies are doing sliders or something that'll allow ss.
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    pick up an old klein and a tensioner. Ditch all shifting parts. Nice and light. Great way to go. Have fun.

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    How about those Voodoos? Wanga (Fe) or Bokor (Al). The latter can be found online for $310 new. 100mm fork, sliding drops, nice geo, small has a 21" ETT.

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    Bokor and Inbred are on the list. I have been looking for small/xsmall hardtails frames in general - I have a singulator she can use.

    I've looking high and low for a used 1x1 for sure. I wish. Thanks for the feedback! I'm going to keep looking using the info you guys have posted up!

    Thanks,

    Scott

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    I have a 14" Jamis Eureka frame just sitting there waiting for someone to love all over it. It's a disk only frame that I purchased as a whole bike in order to part out for a friends previous build. It's not steel but hey.....
    "Just remember, all bikes have front suspension once you put your hands on the handlebars!" - 1SPD

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    Quote Originally Posted by henrymiller1
    pick up an old klein and a tensioner. Ditch all shifting parts. Nice and light. Great way to go. Have fun.
    ....and rides like a jack hammer. I have never ridden a more jarring bike than a klien hardtail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts
    salsa a la carte?
    suggest you stop looking for ss-only, LOTS of companies are doing sliders or something that'll allow ss.
    2nd this. I had one of the previous generation Ala Carts and it was a wonderful bike. I have one of their Ek Kaboing 5" travel bikes but would love to pick up a new Ala Carte some time.

    Salsa makes them in a XS size and their fit chart says it's good for riders around 5' 2"

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
    ....and rides like a jack hammer. I have never ridden a more jarring bike than a klien hardtail.
    I was about to say the same thing. I like stiff, but those things are STIFF.

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    My wife is 5'2" and has a 14" Soma Groove (same frame as the 4one5). Nice frame at a good price.

    Her SS bike is a 14" Macalu/Litespeed ti frame with a Marz Xfly80 fork and WI ENO eccentric.

    Go with a geared frame and the possibilities expand greatly.

    JMJ

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    Kona Unit and MC/MC Flight can be found on ebay from time to time.

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    Ventana El Toro, On One Scandal/Inbred slot dropouts, Singular hummingbird, Ragley QED (rubs hands impatiently), Surly Troll, Transition Trans Am, Chumba HX1, Ibis tranny. There are plenty out there, G.
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    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...021351160.html

    I ran across one on Minneapolis craigslist pretty cheap. Maybe you could talk them into shipping it.

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