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    Best Steel SS Frame for the Money?

    Hey guys,

    My buddy cracked his Kona Unit frame and is now in the market for a Steel/Alloy 29er SS Frame to replace it.

    Ive suggested a couple of options but thought Id throw it out there and see what you guys would do.

    What would you guys suggest for roughly $1K (frame only), he's looking for something a bit different from the norm which makes it hard I know. We're in Australia and generally only see the everyday stuff so some suggestions from abroad would be great!

    Thanks in advance.
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    1k should get you a custom frame. Surprisingly, there are multiple frames on the market because there is no such thing as a universal 'best.'
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    Singular Swift ??

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    A Spot Rocker SS (or last years longboard- it would cost less if you could find one) is little bit more than $1K, but is a heck of a frame. Strong and light(true temper s3), great geometry, and a classic look to it. Plus you can go belt or chain with it. The rocker has an option to add gears and the longboard does not.

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    The new Salsa El Mariachi should be out. IIRC, $600 for frame. Rest, you can spend on shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy R
    Singular Swift ??
    Agree! The Swift is one sweet bike! The Prairie Peddler in Prairie Du Chien, WI sells them!

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    I'd be remiss if I didn't third the Singular recommendation. Especially if your friend rides rigid; the Singular's fork is spectacular. Best rigid I've ever rode.

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    Karate Monkey! Can't beat it!
    Dirt Works has complete bikes for $1100 at the moment. Pretty sure frame only was about $600.
    Just make sure you get red, they go faster!!!

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    Check out Soma Fab or Surly 29er frames. Both less than 1k.

    If he really wants to spend 1k on a frame, why not go Ti? I know a guy who scored a Motobecane Ti frame w/ Reba Race fork for $1175.

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    Depends if he wants to be different for being different sake.

    If he wants a pretty bloody nice steel SS frame but is willing to see a few around, shelling $320 for an On One Inbred from raceworx is a good place to start.

    The Soma frames are supposed to be nice.

    Don't think that 1k will get you into Baum or Thylacine territory although I may be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fullrange Drew
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    Don't think that 1k will get you into Baum or Thylacine territory although I may be wrong.
    Nope! Not even close

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    Cotic Simple (oops not 29er)
    Ibis Tranny (oops: not steel or 29er)

    Salsa Selma is 29er and not all carbon fiber...
    Last edited by perttime; 07-19-2010 at 05:22 AM.

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    Hey thanks guys, some great replies all round. There are some that I had thought of and many I had forgotten. Most sound promising for the money.

    If I could get him to pull his finger out and spend just a little bit more we could get something real nice Im sure.

    I'll do some homework on the unfamiliar names and report back.

    I was thinking the Karate Monkey but worried about the weight of the frame...are they heavy?

    We are both heading to NZ for the SS Worlds so time is running out on this project.
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    Go with Singular.

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    Singulars are also available through singularcycles.co.nz, so getting one shouldn't be difficult - let me know if it is! You can also be happy that it's an Australian owned company :-)
    Yes - I do own Singular Cycles

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    Quote Originally Posted by Singular
    Singulars are also available through singularcycles.co.nz, so getting one shouldn't be difficult - let me know if it is! You can also be happy that it's an Australian owned company :-)
    Hi i am considering a hummingbird frame and was wondering how much a medium weighed minus the fork.

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    Niner SIR9!! Read the MTBR reviews, he won't be disapointed!!

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    Good job! Salsa

    Quote Originally Posted by p nut
    The new Salsa El Mariachi should be out. IIRC, $600 for frame. Rest, you can spend on shipping.
    This is the frame I am going to buy. No EBB and the geo is spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VERT1
    Hi i am considering a hummingbird frame and was wondering how much a medium weighed minus the fork.
    I've never weighed mine, but I would imagine about 5lbs for the frame?

    Especially nice as a 69'er with the rigid fork .

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    +1 for the jabberwocky and SIR9

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    +1 for the Swift

    Great bike. Great price.

    Quote Originally Posted by chrisgardner73
    Agree! The Swift is one sweet bike! The Prairie Peddler in Prairie Du Chien, WI sells them!

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    Curtlo custom Solo Mountaineer. EBB or paragon sliders, 26" or 29".

    Be ready to wait... but good things come to those who wait.
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    OS blackbuck
    new frames due around now
    wherever you go, there you are

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    Quote Originally Posted by rojogonzo
    OS blackbuck
    new frames due around now
    sez you...
    *not so patiently waiting for OS site update or email from Mark...*


    (rest of it's built and the frame's all that's missing!)
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    look at the new schwinn cutter

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    Have you looked at these? They do ship internationally...

    http://www.sirenbicycles.com/johnhenry.html

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    You can get a Sycip for $1300. After all, what is $300 more for a bad a$$ SS frame? www.sycip.com

    Mike

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    Q Ball. Made in America by a custom builder that knows his s&%t. Usually in stock.
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    Hey, Thanks for all the awesome suggestions guys! After alot of juggling he decided to go with the new Salsa El Mariachi. He had his heart set on the Selma but they aint made anymore apparently.

    It was a tough choice between the Salsa and the Singular to tell the truth, it all came down to ease of purchase and geometry. Both were good for the money.

    Thanks again for all your pointers! Long live Mtbr forums
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    Quote Originally Posted by DHFreak
    You can get a Sycip for $1300. After all, what is $300 more for a bad a$$ SS frame? www.sycip.com

    Mike
    Sycip website says $1550 for a SS frame. You had me at $1300.00!
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