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    Want to build older steel frame lightweight SS. Looking at options

    So I used to have an old 92 Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo which I converted to single speed and had around 24lbs. I loved that bike so much, but It was stolen from me. I havent ridden much since and now I want to build another bike.

    I know this is pretty old tech, but what chassis are a good starting point? I figured I would try either an old Rock Hopper or Trek or Marlin or if I can find it another Gary Fisher. I plan on going single speed again (I still have most of my cogs..) and Im looking for opinions here. I plan on investing about 250 total, about 100 for the initial purchase and then another 150 for anything else and bits to convert to single speed.

    What kind of weight am I going to be looking at? I plan on single track riding and then just street riding for exercise.

    Thanks all!
    Andrew

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    Is there a reason why you want steel? Is it going to be full rigid?

    Total weight of the bike depends a lot on the frameset that is used.

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    Yes full rigid. That and I can weld on different dropouts if I want.

    I like the feel of a steel bike and mainly Im just looking for a low entry price.

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    I have been researching single speed 29ers for myself. It seems like the steel framed ones are usually in the high 20s to low 30s for weight. Seems like quite a bit since both my HT and FS weigh less than that.

    With your budget I think you could get in the high 20s pretty easily for a steel SS 26". Maybe the mid 20s.

    Let us know what you find!

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    I like my steel Kona.. rides nice. Got the frame for $170.. but the parts do add up. It ways about 22.5 pounds

    98 Kona Kilauea - Rigid with no P2 small updates.. | Retrobike.

    I have seen old complete steel Kona bikes go for $300 or so.

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    My Redline monocog is 30lbs even. Yea, she's a porker. But was just shy of $700 brand new. Nothing some carbon bits can't fix! When I get the money that is. Saving for lighter wheels currently, then I'll start in on the carbon!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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