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  1. #1
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    Help me pick a second fatbike frame

    I'm looking a second fatbike frame and fork (new or used) with the following requirements:

    - Must fit an existing wheelset - 26" x 90mm (150/197 spacing).

    - Hoping it can fit someone in the range of 5'9" - 6'0" - maximal stand-over height key here I think

    - Not looking to break the bank, so aluminium or steel - not carbon.

    Long version - usage is as a spare or guest bike. Would like for visitors to be able to get out and try fatbiking while they are here. But would also be good to have a second bike to use if something goes wrong with my regular ride (XL Salsa Blackborow - 2015).

    My wife has a Medium Bucksaw which can work for smaller guests in the 5'6" - 5'9" range.

    So I'm thinking a Medium/Large frame with lots of standover height.

    Wheelset currently has Vee 2XL rubber but that doesn't have to stay - that would limit things a bit too much I think.

    Thanks for any and all input.

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    RSD still has some V3 Mayor frames at 60% off if you don't want/need a large, they still have medium frames.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I have this one, it's been great, able to use the largest 2XL tires or move the dropouts up and use smaller tires with shorter chainstay:

    CS-197 NEW Two position dropout Fat Bike Frame CS-197 - Xiamen Carbon Speed Sport Goods Co.,Ltd

    Should be $300-400 normally.
    "It's only when you stand over it, you know, when you physically stand over the bike, that then you say 'hey, I don't have much stand over height', you know"-T. Ellsworth

    You're turning black metallic.

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    I was also going to suggest the Mayor but like DB said, they're out of Larges.

    I just did a scan over on ebay and based on what I'm seeing only frames going for without forks, I might be tempted to buy a Surly Ice Cream Truck frameset. Careful though, it might become your favorite bike and not just a backup.
    I like turtles

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    My experience is the Mayor runs a little big. I bought two Mediums to build for spares figuring they'd fit the widest range of people. I'm 5'11.5 and typically ride a Large El Oso w/ 20" seat tube and honestly could easily ride the medium RSD Mayor when/if mine was down.

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