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    Hardtail recommendations?

    Im considering a hardtail build next.
    Looking for choices in a good stock (not custom) aluminum 26" frame
    The CAAD9 of mtb frames. Just xc stuff, nothing too crazy but that doesn't need to be babied.

    Ideas?

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    I'll be building up a 2005 Cannondale F4000SL SI frame (Optimo frame with BB30). It certainly isn't the prototypical WW frame, but it is fairly light and should ride amazingly well. I don't mind the harshness of an aluminum frame, as it is all I've ever known.
    Too many bicycles to list...

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    Yeti Arc?

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    Whats your budget?

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    Quote Originally Posted by COLINx86 View Post
    Yeti Arc?
    Great frame!
    Too many bicycles to list...

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    Without knowing any better I bought a Kona Fire Mountain frame for $100. I had to trim the 2.5 inch rear tire to keep it from rubbing. It does everything I need on the mountain. Can't beat the price. I'll switch it out for a Surly Troll soon.

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    Yeti Arc
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    Used Specialized Stumpjumper S-works M5 alloy hardtail
    Ellsworth Enlightment 26" aluminum on closeout sale at Ellsworth Web Store - Factory Outlet

    damn I should have never gone to that page. Now I want one too. 899 for an aluminum ellsworth... that is good!

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    The ones already mentioned plus

    Salsa Moto Rapido - It's scandium with carbon seat stays. I have one and it's nice.

    Rocky Mountain Vertex - I've seen crazy deals on Pinkbike for these frames. I'd grab one of those if you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by limba View Post
    The ones already mentioned plus

    Salsa Moto Rapido - It's scandium with carbon seat stays. I have one and it's nice.

    Rocky Mountain Vertex - I've seen crazy deals on Pinkbike for these frames. I'd grab one of those if you can.
    Those are some great deals on the Vertex in a bunch of unusual colours, the dealer is in Quebec, obviously doing some major overstock purchase deal.

    Rocky Mountain Vertex Red / Black MTB Frame NEW! - Pinkbike.com

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN VERTEX 70 BLUE NEW !!! - Pinkbike.com

    ROCKY MOUNTAIN VERTEX 50 BRAND NEW !!! - Pinkbike.com
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    Some of the Rocky Mountain Vertex carbons are very well priced! Under 1000 bux for carbon frame? Wow.

    If I were to add yet another hardtail race bike I would go with a Spooky Darkside custom.

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    If you're looking at budget I picked up this frame last season and am very happy with it. It's basically the older motobecane fly / current fantom frame. Mine weighted in at 3.38lbs bare and rides great with 120mm fork setup.

    NEW KINESIS ALUMINUM UNBRANDED 26" MTN BIKE FRAME LIGHT | eBay

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    Choosing a hardtail is very simple. Just pick the one that has the most suitable geometry to your body as there's no rear suspension design to worry about.
    Titux X Carbon 2010 race 9.93kg
    Titux X 2009 "Deore 2012" training 11.55kg

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    A darkside was on my shortlist until they discontinued it

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    They never discontinued the darkside.

    It is now built custom order only. I don't know if Chris Herting still makes them though... At one point he did...

    custom models | Spooky Bikes



    I myself went with a semi custom Lynskey M230

    It started at 17 lbs... But didn't race well... it has since been rebuilt to make it rip up the single track better and last longer between getting the tools out


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheers! View Post
    They never discontinued the darkside.

    It is now built custom order only. I don't know if Chris Herting still makes them though... At one point he did...
    We're making quite a few Darksides these days. FTW makes them up the river about 30 minutes from here. It's damn good to work with Frank again. If I know something, I learned it from him.

    Josh wins a lot of races on this 29'r in the Ohio river valley;


    Jose just might use this 26" bike to score a top 20 at La Ruta


    (just noticed that this is the WeightWeenies forum- frames are coming in around 3.2 pounds these days)
    Ryan's 650b bike is just totally awesome too;


    I truly believe 650b is the future, but 29'rs and 26" bikes are fun as hell to make and ride too.

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    Old homegrowns

    I am a huge fan of my 2001 homegrown, climbs well but doesn't beat me up like my zaskar. I think my frame came in at 3.1lbs but it doesn't have the machined chainstay yoke, that adds about a half a lb. They are sized a little small though, my 17in frame is a touch small and I am 5'9". You can get them pretty cheap used.
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    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    Specialized S-Works M5 Mountain Bike Frame Large XTR World Champion! DISC or V's | eBay
    Nice inexpensive sworks. It is a 19 though.
    Man I need to find a job.
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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    Did you ever buy a frame?
    Looking for a Medium Scott Scale frame, preferably a 2012 in 26.

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