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    26inch ss frames exist anymore?

    Hi all,

    Does any manufacturer make ss 26inch mtb frames anymore? I've been looking high and low, and it really looks like the trend has swung fully to 29inch bikes. I've test ridden 1 29er (gt peace 9r), and really did not like how lethargic it felt. I understand that this is not indicative of all 29inch bikes out there, but really do feel that 26 is more suitable for me.

    The only 26inch ones i know of are surly and maybe iro if they're still at it. Any aluminum?
    help from the experts out there?

    -from a chronic roadie.

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    There was a thread on this a few weeks ago. There are still quite a few I believe. Santa Cruz Chameleon would be my #1 choice if I were going that route.

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    thank you kindly

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    Try checking out www.onecycles.com. I've not seen anyone mention this in the past. Looks like a nice frame/bike to me.

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    from the surly 1x1 to the ibis tranny
    definitely still made, definitely a big vareity of them out there
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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    Chumba Racing makes the HX1... it has an EBB and gobs of tire clearance.
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    Soul Cycles Hooligans are the way forward!

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    frame only option

    I recently bought a UK designed Whyte 19 specifically as it is built to allow single speed use. Mine is a few years old( ebay) built in alloy, really well made and designed. Single speed chain tensioning is enabled by the rear dropouts being able to be adjusted by 20mm fore and aft of the centre position. The frame comes with drive side dropouts for both single speed( no mech hanger) and multispeed. The neat trick is that the non-drive side dropout has the IS disc brake mount integrated so no mismatch/fiddling to get the disc rotor and caliper to meet. Check out White industries eccentric caliper mount to pair with the ENO eccentric hub if you are confused.That also takes care of the need for an eccentric BB. Saves weight and complexity all round.
    I believe they offer three frame only options: alloy/carbon/titanium. Not cheap and not plentiful 2nd hand but if you have the budget well worth the cash, especially as you can change to multi speed for the sake of unscrewing four allen bolts if SS isnt for you.
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    I pick up steel Jamis from Jenson last year for $169....

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    Voodoo Cycles Bokor One is available at Universal Cycles for $374. It's aluminum.

    I've had a Voodoo Wanga for the last 5 years and it's still my favorite bike. It's steel but not that heavy.

    You could also pick up a horizontal drop On-One Inbred or Scandal at Unreal Cycles. Nice prices there as well.

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    Kona explosif is a good bang for the buck. I love mine. Its got the sliding drop outs too which imho is the best tensioning method for single speeds.

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    I thought I'd add to my own post after some digging:

    http://pipedreamcycles.com/sirius_page_menu.html

    This looks like an incredible deal! As much as I love the Explosif, this for me is cheaper! (and the 2010 explosif looks like it's plain jane 4130)

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    I like the looks and geometry on that Pipedream frame!

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