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    Frame material? Steel the best? Need a bit of advice....

    Ok, I am planning a very custom frame and I have been leaning towards steel as the primary frame material (specifically 4130). Certain parts will be 6061-T6 as well. Is this the lightest material for longevity and low cost? I plan to use the bike more for pavement and smooth trails, and it will be an idea platform as well. Any suggestions? I can provide some details of the frame if needed.

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    I'm thinking pavement and smooth trails make for good aluminum terrain. Course this might mean you are using it as a commuter, this means licking it up which means easily dented frames.
    If you are thinking super custom- find the custom steel hardtail dude in your area and have 'em make up some simple steel rig w/ a killer paint job. Add trick disc brakes and Boone cogs and your in the club.
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    Lemme re-phrase it........

    The bike will be an all-around bike, but very different (it will also qualify as a franken-bike). I found a source for aircraft grade 4130 in many different shapes so I'm going steel. I will be using a Pugsley fork as well so steel all around should be nice.

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