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    What steel single speed 29'er frames in 2015?

    I haven't had a single speed for ~8 years and am out of the loop. What's a good, cheap (<$500?), easy to get, steel 29'er single speed frame these days? I've got a bunch of leftover parts and thought I would throw something together as a second bike.

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    I am in the same situation. Looking at Vassago Jabberwocky!

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    I should also add that I'm a real lightweight at 5'10" and 145lbs, so anything that is not overbuilt to accommodate the 250lb'ers would be best, if possible.

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    Also, check amazon.com. They have really cheap steel frame 29er frames.

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    You can pick up a kona unit with fork for 500.

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    On-One Inbred in either dedicated SS flavor (track ends) or with vertical dropouts using perhaps a tensioner.

    Planet-X USA has them for $275 but now that they are only shipping products out of the UK, the cost to ship to the USA is pretty steep (~$80 for one of those frames). They're supposedly working on a solution to provide some relief -- as mentioned in the MTBR On-One forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    On-One Inbred in either dedicated SS flavor (track ends) or with vertical dropouts using perhaps a tensioner.

    Planet-X USA has them for $275 but now that they are only shipping products out of the UK, the cost to ship to the USA is pretty steep (~$80 for one of those frames). They're supposedly working on a solution to provide some relief -- as mentioned in the MTBR On-One forum.

    Steel Mountain Bike Frames | Planet X USA

    edit: You can buy an entire Transition Klunker build for $579

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    Awesome deal on that inbred

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    Don't overlook the Soma Juice. Or any of the Soma frames for that matter. I paid right at $500 for my Juice last year, and the frame is a dream. A couple of guys also have B-sides (650b frames) and they seem to have nothing but good stuff to say about that frame too.

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    I'm with Cotharyus, take a good look at the Soma Juice. I've had a few rides on mine now & it is a great riding frame. I rode a Vassago Bandersnatch (geared) for most of last year & the Juice feels much better to me. It feels more plush & damped. The sliding dropouts are a much better option to me than track ends which I rode for years on a couple of different On One frames.

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    OS Blackbuck

    I also have a Soma B-side and it's a nice ride. But I prefer my Blackbuck.
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    I might add that I have an On One Scandal that I had built up as a SS with their Swapaout rear dropouts. I ran it with a Shimano skewer and no tensioner. I didn't have any sliding issues. I've been seriously considering the Inbred because of the smoking deal they are offering right now.

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    top two in that price range, for me, are Kona Unit and Soma Juice. Vessago is nice but a little over budget. On One is great for the price.
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    That Juice looks sweet and I love the color. It seems a lot of people comment on the supple ride, which is good. Does anyone know if that would translate over to a 145lb rider?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vortrex View Post
    That Juice looks sweet and I love the color. It seems a lot of people comment on the supple ride, which is good. Does anyone know if that would translate over to a 145lb rider?
    Definitely. I'm right around 145, currently.

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    To get off topic a little how is the Soma Juice as a geared bike? It is high on my list of frames and I have read how solid it is as SS but I want the versatility of a reliable geared frame, too. Also, I am 6'5 and 215 pounds...will the frame last?

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    I picked up a complete 2014 Salsa El Mariachi SS from a local dealer for $950. Extremely happy with the bike. Also really like the 15mm fork and the clearance for a 2.5 minion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cburgin View Post
    To get off topic a little how is the Soma Juice as a geared bike? It is high on my list of frames and I have read how solid it is as SS but I want the versatility of a reliable geared frame, too. Also, I am 6'5 and 215 pounds...will the frame last?
    I haven't run my Juice with gears yet (& may not) but I'm sure it'll be fine if I do. As to longevity, I cannot comment but I'm pretty rough on equipment & won't be riding a carbon frame in the woods again any time soon since I punched a hole in the downtube of my On One Lurcher. I'm pretty sure the hit would've wrecked my old On One Scandal frame, too but a steel tube probably would have survived my poor bike handling when I smacked into a granite property marker.

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    I think the new KMs are over $700 now.

    Quote Originally Posted by thickfog View Post
    You can pick up a kona unit with fork for 500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cburgin View Post
    To get off topic a little how is the Soma Juice as a geared bike? It is high on my list of frames and I have read how solid it is as SS but I want the versatility of a reliable geared frame, too. Also, I am 6'5 and 215 pounds...will the frame last?
    Well, since I'm 6'4" 220 and tend to thrash bike frames pretty thoroughly - I think it will hold up just fine. As far as running the Juice as a geared bike, it's designed with all the little bits and bobs necessary to do it, so I can't imagine it wouldn't be every bit as stellar as a geared ride as it is SS.

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    I'll second the Soma Juice. A big plus for me is that you can get replacement dropout sliders from Paragon Machine Works so you can run 12 x 142 axles. Not sure why these aren't standard yet...

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    one more vote for the Soma Juice here. Incredible ride = I am 6' and opted for the XL with 100 mm stem. there is plenty of SO and fits right. so much fun to ride. I also got the 12 x 142 drop outs.

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    Kona Unit, jobs a good'un.

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    I'm a bit late to the party but just finished writing this guide which you might find useful. While researching I certainly found that there are less frames available than there were say 5 years ago. Many of the cheaper framesets are no longer available for purchase and are only complete bikes now which is disappointing.

    What Makes a Good Single Speed Mountain Bike Frame? - Ride More Bikes

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    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
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    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

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

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    Kona Big Unit is a fat bike?

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