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    AM Hardtail Budget Friendly Frame

    I'm thinking about using a bunch of spare parts that I've accumulated to put together an AM Hardtail. Because I like to tinker like most of you, I end up pulling off quite a few bits to make me happy. With that said, I'd like to put together a leftover/budget AM hardtail but will need to purchase a frame. I've been following the RSD MC builds among others and love the idea, but I feel there should be more affordable frames out there that provide similar geometry for aggressive riding. A few that come to mind are the Marin San Quentin, Jamis Komodo, or Nukeproof Scout. I know the SQ is available as a frame for $419, not sure about the Komodo, and the Scout looks pretty readily available. I'm leaning towards tires in the 2.6-3.0 range. I would prefer 29 vs 27.5, but it is not a dealbreaker one way or the other as I'll need a new wheelset regardless.

    What else is out there at or around $400 that could fit the bill? If you've gone a similar route, I'd love to see your builds.

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    Ragley has a huge line that fits your interests.
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    The Brand-x HT-01 is very budget friendly at $160 for the frame. Relatively modern geometry as well. It is worth a look. QR axle in the rear unfortunately.

    https://www.chainreactioncycles.com/.../rp-prod130452


    This one (not mine) was built with a 160mm fork to be ultra aggressive.

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    Check out the Commensal Meta HT, $400 frame, pretty good geometry

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottzg View Post
    Ragley has a huge line that fits your interests.
    That Mmmbop looks about perfect, but finding it may be a challenge. Facebook says frames and complete bikes arenít due until August.

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    Check pinkbike for the Ragley frames. Think I saw a few listed.

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    I'm doing likewise and I'm going with a Nukeproof Scout.

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    The more I dig, the more it seems availability will be the deciding factor over price if I want to ride anytime soon.

    Marin San Quentin - OOS All Sources, Availability Unknown
    Jamis Komodo - OOS All Sources, Availability Unknown
    Nukeproof Scout - OOS All Sources, June?
    Commencal Meta HT - Gray Available, Ship Immediately?
    Ragley Mmmbop - OOS All Sources, August
    RSD Middle Child - CroMo In stock, ALU ??

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    Yeah, Nukeproof has been having inventory issues for some time. Either they've grown in popularity or they only build frames in small batches. I ordered my Reactor carbon frame back in January and it is only now getting delivered this week. I read that the Scout 275 frames are backordered as well when I inquired a couple weeks ago.

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    So much for $400. The Middle Child Cro-Mo was in stock and ships tomorrow. I'll have to make up the extra $369 somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by areeves08 View Post
    So much for $400. The Middle Child Cro-Mo was in stock and ships tomorrow. I'll have to make up the extra $369 somewhere else.
    Sick!

    It's expensive, but that bike fkn nails it. Heat treated tubing, sliding drops, chainstay yolk... those things add to the cost, but they also make a better frame. It's not expensive if you factor in what those bits cost, and a cool hardtail will be fun for years and years.

    I really really like the MC. It's a little bit conservative in the geo, while still being perfect and rad. They did everything right.

    Don't hesitate to run it with the chainstays slammed back in the long position, along with the bars set high. You might prefer it. I'd be tempted to run it as a mullet, with a 120mm fork with proper good damping, like a mattoc. Full 29 gives you a pretty high bb, but that has benefits too.

    Post some build pics!
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    I was going to suggest the Dartmoor Primal frame option, I love it.....

    https://dartmoor-bikes.com/hardware/...rimal-275-2020
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