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    Cheapest tapered 27.5 hardtail?

    I'm looking for a super basic hardtail. I want something to putt around town on, and something for my girlfriend to ride the couple times a year she goes out.

    I have a ton of spares, so the build spec doesnt really matter to me, but it needs to be tapered. And disc too, but I doubt anything tapered isnt disc. Travel isnt a big deal, 80-120 is just fine. Rear axle standard and spacing doesnt matter.

    Considering all the spares I have, I figured id just build a frame up, but the frame-only options seem to greatly exceed the cost of an entire low end bike! I dont need something high end, its going to get tens of miles a year.

    Anything stand out as a great value? Spec pitch is $499, but Id really rather not own a spec.

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    What size do you need because it seems like most 27.5 hardtails are only in the smaller sizes? Trek Xcaliber for example.

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    Look on eBay. There are some 27.5 frames there for under $400, and if you want to go real cheap, you can always get one of those cheap Chinese carbon frames. $190 on eBay as well.

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    What about like an Octane-One from CRC? Sometimes NS eccentrics are on sale, those might fit your bill too.
    Silly bike things happening.

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    I didnt realize how crazy cheap CRC has frames. I think I might just go that way. $212 for a slack bike in a size that works. Thanks everyone!

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    Are you talking about the Octane One Prone? Very curious about it myself. Please post a review when you get it!

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    I'll sell you my old Brand-X HT-01 for $100. Nothing wrong with it. Just moved to steel ;-)

    CRC has pretty good prices on frames. Make sure to use all your spares, pretty hard to build a full(decent) bike for under $500 if you ask me.

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    A month ago I bought an REI co-op DRT 1.2. It's a simple basic 27.5 with discs and a tapered head tube. It was more expensive than the Specialized but the REI bike is about the most comfortable bike I've ridden, that's why I bought it. I did not like the Specialized when I rode it.

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