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    Looking for modern singlespeed race frame

    I know we have had a couple threads recently looking for a singlespeed with trail geometry. But I need some help looking for a new frame with what I would call modern XC geometry for racing. Something like the new Scotts or Konas with a 69ish degree head tube angle and would use a 51mm offset fork.

    The Pivot Les is the leading contender. The Kona Big Unit fits perfectly too. Just want to make sure that I am not overlooking anything before I buy. I would even consider using a PF30/BB30 eccentric adapter for any frames with a 30mm bottom bracket. There just doesn't seem to be much out there in this category.

    Thanks for any other ideas!
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    You might want to check out the Santa Cruz Highball. It's a 70.5 headtube, so perhaps not quite slack enough for what you want, but maybe close. I have not ridden one yet, but it is high on my list as I'm also looking for a more race-ish singlespeed in the near future.

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    No longer made, but the Trek Superfly SS may fit the bill. 29er, sliding dropouts, 69.3/69.6 (frame size dependent), fully rigid, G2 geometry, 142/100 axles (not boost), room for 3" front, 2.4" rear. Been putting some miles on mine and love it.

    http://archive.trekbikes.com/us/en/2...fly_ss/details

    I have the geometry chart if curious.

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    Arent we all my friend. They dont make the Kona Big Unit anymore.

    I like a guy mentioned Highball. Thats probably where ill end up. I race a Niner One 9 RDO now, its a size too big. I actually got so sick of looking for ss race bikes last year ordered a custom built frame and got custom built hot poop. Ended up with Niner, not far from that steaming pile.

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    Ibis Tranny w/ 120 fork
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. I got a new Salsa Spearfish with 69.5 headtube, and going back to my 71 degree Salsa Selma just isn't much fun anymore. So definitely looking for something slacker than 70.

    I guess the Pivot is the best answer out there. Was hoping there was something else I was overlooking or not aware of.

    The Trek would probably work, but with the team/shop I am affiliated with, Trek is no bueno.
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    correct me if i'm wrong, i don't know a great deal about current aluminum and carbon XC frames, but don't most modern bikes use some form of PF/30mm BB? I know they're not all compatible, but i would think a lot of "non SS" frames could be adapted no?
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    I was hoping someone would suggest a current modern geometry XC frame with a PF/30 BB, seems several have moved to a BB92 BB.
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    You could also check out the new Giant XTC SS. It comes as a 27.5+ and I recall the geometry being a bit odd.



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    The new Niner Air 9 RDO is a little slacker this year and it can be ran SS.

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    +1 on the Highball......throw a 120mm fork on it, slacks it out just enough.
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    Admittedly I'm not current with all the options on the market but last year I was looking for something very similar to your goals but I wanted a Ti frame. I wasn't concerned with having all the latest technology and wanted reliability for 24 hr solos and 100 milers. My choice: a Carver 420 frame and 120mm Float (51mm offset) with XTR and Thomson components. Also have a Niner RDO fork when suspension isn't needed. With the goals I had I couldn't be happier with my choice although the 120mm fork was overkill most of the time. That was recently remedied with a 100mm Sid XX but won't test it for at least another month.

    Disclaimer: If I did only races <100 miles I'd probably choose a carbon frame and lighter components.

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    i have a highball with a 120 and really like it. i run it with gears and a dropper as it's my main XC race bike hehehe.

    i'm also looking to pick up a new jabberwocky 29+ that'll be at 68* with a 120. rigid or 100mm keeps it at 70*. fork offset is 45mm.

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