Soul Cycles Dillinger 29er Hardtail

4.79/5 (14 Reviews)
MSRP : $399.00


Product Description

The fourth generation Dillinger 29er frame is based upon one of the company’s core beliefs. If possible, design a frame to satisfy more than one desire as long as it does not appear gross and offensive in appearance. The Dillinger frame can satisfy everything from the desires of hardcore singlespeed riders to those venturing into the 29er realm for the first time. The frame’s modular dropout inserts combined with the custom one piece custom CNC machined eccentric bottom bracket allow the frame to be configured as a singlespeed or geared rig. On top of this the frame features a CNC machined yoke that allows for the Dillinger to have one of the stiffest rear ends on the market.


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Reviews 1 - 14 (14 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob Kramer

Date Reviewed: August 6, 2013

Strengths:    Strong, fairly light, beautiful welds and geometry, responsive, great value, and FAST!

Weaknesses:    Your other bikes will get jealous because you ride it so much.

Bottom Line:   
I have the 4th generation frame, and have built it up over the past couple of seasons as a hardtail SS and recently a 1x9. I don't know how, but this bike has outperformed my 4" XC race bike that is 5X more expensive.
In a pinch (my other frame cracked, and couldn't get it replaced it in time), I just raced it for the Downieville Classic. It crushed the climb, as expected. What I can't explain are the PR's on the downhill sections such as babyheads, 3rd divide, etc., that got me across the finish line for my first podium after 6 years of trying! LOVE this bike!!!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chad Thomsen

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2012

Strengths:    Awesome Build Quality (looks more expensive then it is). Great Value. Very stiff while giving you a steel like ride. Has a bit of bling factor as there are not a ton of Soul Cycles where I ride.

Weaknesses:    None for me.

Bottom Line:   
Built this up as a single speed. Fast and fairly light that has good lateral stiffness while verticall compliance makes it for a good ride. The flattened chain stays and hour glass seat stays make the ride much more comfy, and almost like a steel ride but not as noodly. Customer service is incredible. Highly recommend this if you are looking for a afforadable 29er hard tail that looks and rides much better then wht the price would suggest.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dango Dog a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: November 6, 2011

Strengths:    Great handling, Great Build Quality. It looks like a much more expensive frameset.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Buy one. I love this bike. Handling is spot on and built up like mine, weight is reasonable for a very sturdy XC/trail bike. Did I say I love this bike?

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   ridesoul.com

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   F29 100mm Fork. X9 2x10 Drivetrain. No Tubes Arches Wheel Set.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dalmore a Weekend Warrior from Tampere, Finland

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2011

Strengths:    Frame

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I bought this as frameset so comment for frame only. Anyway, with my component selection the bike is awsome to ride and I simply love it. And extra 5 chilis for Chad, for best customer service ever.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $329.00

Purchased At:   direct from Soul Cyc

Similar Products Used:   My first 29er

Bike Setup:   Full Xt 2x10 drivetrain, Fox Float Rlc fork, King headset, Thomson stem and seatpost, Wtb rocket v Ti saddle,Hayes Stroker Trail 160mm discs, Stans Arch rims laced to Xt 15mm front and Hope pro2 evo 10mm axle rear, Schwalbe Nobby Nick (front) and Racing Ralph (rear)converted to tubeless with Stans.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jstaporter a Weekend Warrior from Ma

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2011

Strengths:    Customer Service

Bottom Line:   
I have been a long time rodie and a bit of cross. I long held out on getting into MTB- I just have too many other hobbies to learn another skill set. My Dillenger was my first MTB, so I can not atest to its quality in comparison to other frames. What I can atest to is the customer service of Soul. Chad was always available. When I left a message he called back within an hour. When I was building the bike and encountered user errors he was there to assist. Non stop great customer service, and beyond my expectations of any company. Thanks Chad for helping me in re-expierenceing biking and for taking the time to assist. I would give 5 chilis, but I simply don't know MTBs.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $329.00

Purchased At:   Direct


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by cherrybomber a Weekend Warrior from Philippines

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2011

Strengths:    great value for money. surprisingly forgiving for aluminum. very agile. gorgeous colors and logos. really great that it comes with an SS dropout and an EBB for your pleasure. :) i got a longer review over here. http://www.mynextbike.com/3/post/2010/03/soul-cycles-dillinger-review.html

Weaknesses:    some people may not like EBB. no real problems on my end though. just make sure you torque to the proper settings.

Bottom Line:   
love it, not just because i sell the product but because its a really great bike. ended up buying one for myself. :D hats of to Chad!

great great value for money.

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Favorite Trail:   sta rosa trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   www.mynextbike.com

Bike Setup:   built her rigid with the Soul rigid fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dubdryver a Racer from Miami, FL

Date Reviewed: April 8, 2011

Strengths:    Easton Racing 7005 Aluminum (probably the best tubing available)
Convertable from SS to geared with included hangers.
Comes with anodized color hardware parts (color of choice) Seatpost collar, EBB, and hangers.


Weaknesses:    Standover height for frame sizes, maybe.

Bottom Line:   
Buying a Dillinger from Soul Cycles revitilized the idea what buying a bike was like a long time ago. Chad (the owner) is a one man show, and you get one on one service, and he does everything he can to make things right for you!

These are very high quality frames! I payed $450 for mine being that it was the brushed/clearcoat, it cost a little more. I am still considering getting the rootbeer, but need to justify having a 3rd 29er and the components to build it up.

These frames are laterally stiff, very good quality weld, and good materials. I was a slight skeptical about the EBB with the bolts at the bottom, but they have not moved at all. The frame designed is very admiral for such a budget frame cost, and the chainstay yokes look like something that would cost 3X what it did. The geometry is really good and accepts an 80 or 100mm fork. It have "wedged" chainstays that resemble somewhat of the C'Dale Flash

My normal bike is a Santa Cruz Tallboy. So when I go into ride quality, of course it isn't going to compare to a Carbon Full Suspension 29er, but I will tell you that I haven't been on a hardtail since 2002, and started riding full suspensions in 99. I am very impressed with the ride quality of the Dillinger. I do not have a steel or titanium frame to compare it to with ride quality, but if I can go from my SC Tallboy Carbon, and ride this. I think it is fair to say that the ride quality is good.

I really like this frame for versatility. I plan on using this for bike packing, and take on tasks like Muddy Buddy. I bought the Soul Cycles CroMo fork (100mm corrected)to fill such full rigid duties. At that price, its worth picking up! I have not tried the fork out yet, but it is intended to be an occasional use component.

In my opinion, Soul Cycles offers quite a lot of value for the cost. You can check ebay, Pricepoint, Nashbar or any other website, and you will be hard pressed to find a quality NEW 29er frame that is both SS and Geared for $399!

*Note* Just before purchasing this frame. I had a deposit down on a Tomac Flint 29. It can do both SS and Geared duties and has a Bushnell EBB. It is ligher than the Dillinger, but I don't think it would be as strong, and only comes in white. It was going to be a 3-6month wait for the frame at $500.00. When I asked Joel at Tomac if it came with a SS hanger, he said that you use the existing one, and either leave it be, or cut it off. As insignificant as this is...Really, cut it off?? Then I have to buy another for a geared setup? They managed to engineer what appears to be a quality MTB frame, and they are going to cut the corner on something as insignificant as a derailleur hanger? It would cost them cents on a dollar to manufacture a dedicated SS hanger that was alread cut off, sanded and painted. I just feel that, this was a failure to attention to detail. How as Soul Cycles able to not cut corners in such a way, but on top of that, anodize it in different color options, and lower the price of the frame by $100?
Just food for thought.

If you are interested in seeing what mine looks like, here is my MTBR profile. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email or message!
http://forums.mtbr.com/member.php?u=283007

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Favorite Trail:   Alafia/Balm-Boyette

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $450.00

Purchased At:   www.ridesoul.com

Similar Products Used:   First Hardtail 29er, alternative to my normal ride Santa Cruz Tallboy.

Bike Setup:   Soul Cycles Dillinger (s) brushed silver w/ SC seatcollar (red)
Soul Cycles EBB w/ Ti. hardware (red)
American Classic 29 Tubeless w/ Maxxis Ikon EXC 2.2 front/rear
Rockshox Reba RLT Ti. 29 100mm (originally black, painted white)
Hope headset (red)
Bontrager XXX Lite carbon stem (white)
Crank Bros. Cobalt 11 carbon 685mm
Ergon GX-1 grips
Formula RX brakes (white)
KCMC Razor disc rotors w/ Ti bolts
Truvativ Noir 3.3 Team painted white (custom) Ti. bolts
E*Thirteen Guidering 34T (red
KMC K710SL-Ti (gold) 1/2x1/8
Chris King Stainless 16T cog
Easton EC70 Carbon seatpost
Specialized Phenom Expert Ti

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by h2otaco a Racer from Tulsa, OK, USA

Date Reviewed: February 25, 2011

Strengths:    Everything about this bike is a strength, looks, handling, versatility, ride.

Weaknesses:    I don't have 2 of them.

Bottom Line:   
This frame is the best value 29er anywhere. It's aluminum and it's light, but somehow it rides like steel... chain and seat stays are designed very well. Handles like a race bike, quick. Run gears or as a SS with the eccentric BB.

Watch their website and order one if they are available because they soon wont be... they make a batch and then they sell out fast. With all the anodized parts they have now the frames are works of art.

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Favorite Trail:   Single track anywhere

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Used

Similar Products Used:   Lots of different bikes.

Bike Setup:   Single speed, 100mm travel fork, set up as an XC race bike but only 1 gear.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by vrsalary a Weekend Warrior from Little Elm, Texas USA

Date Reviewed: February 4, 2011

Strengths:    Solid not harsh ride for an alloy frame. SS or geared options. Great price for a quality product.

Weaknesses:    None so far...

Bottom Line:   
Great value for a 29'er frame that can go SS or geared. Customer service outstanding, Thanks Chad! ridesoul.com

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Favorite Trail:   Northshore

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Oak Cliff Bicycle Co

Similar Products Used:   Niner EMD-9, Fisher X-Cal, Fisher Superfly Carbon.

Bike Setup:   SS with Fox F29 RL fork 100mm, Hope Pro II with Stan's Arch rims, Avid Juicy 3.5 brakes, WTB Exiwolf tires and WTB seat, Rennen cogs, Syntace bars and seatpost, tips the scales at 24 lbs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yoyoville a Cross Country Rider from Marikina, Philippines

Date Reviewed: October 8, 2010

Strengths:    Such a beautiful finish in Pearl white! Ultra stiff frame! Great geometry!

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Best bang for every buck! Get it FAST! You will not go wrong!

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Favorite Trail:   Maarat

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $600.00

Purchased At:   GranTrail

Similar Products Used:   Haro Shift R3

Bike Setup:   XC

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ashevillemike a Cross Country Rider from Asheville

Date Reviewed: July 23, 2010

Strengths:    Everything!

Weaknesses:    EBB can be just a bit troublesome...but totally worth the effort.

Bottom Line:   
This bike rocks! This is my 2nd rigid single speed and I built if up for about a grand and I hardly ride my full suspension anymore. The easton tubing is totally stiff when standing and hammering, but it rides more like steel otherwise. Customer service is second to none! Bottom line, if something were to happen to this bike I'd order another without hesitation.
Anyone looking for versatility, good product, decent price, and top notch customer service...this is where the search ends.

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Favorite Trail:   anything in Pisgah Nat. Forest

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $360.00

Purchased At:   Direct

Similar Products Used:   Monocog, Cannondale Rush, GT LTS

Bike Setup:   Single Speed, rigid fork (Soul), Mavic TN719 rims, XT Hubs

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dallas Mafia a Cross Country Rider from Dallas, TX

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2009

Strengths:    Good looking frame, with simple graphics and nice welds. It has a EBB so you can set it up as SS or geared. The bike rides well, it's lighter than my older GF and I like the long top tube.

Weaknesses:    Stand over clearance for me is a little close for comfort. However, I noticed this on the Haro XC Mary that I test rode. I can't comment on the Bandersnatch because the demo that I rode was a medium frame and was clearly too small for me.

Bottom Line:   
This is my first 29er. I was able to build this bike for about 1600.00 dollars. Chad at Soul Cycles was a great person to work with and he was able to sell me the bike frame, fork and many other components at a great price.
After a few rides, I am glad that I switched to a 29er and I am very happy with the Dillinger frame.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   www.ridesoul.com

Similar Products Used:   Previous bike was a 19" Gary Fisher hard tail (26er).
I test rode a Vassago Bandersnatch and a Haro XC Mary prior to purchasing the Dillinger.


Bike Setup:   20" blue frame, 1x9, sram x9 rear, fox r29 fork, stans arch rims with DMR revolver hubs, shimano lx disc brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by plaidvillain a Weekend Warrior from Colorado

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2009

Strengths:    Beautiful welds and finish. Easton Ultralight Race tubing for this price can't be beat.

Weaknesses:    The blue paint is so bright I can't get a good photo of it.

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is: you can't go wrong with this bike or this company. Chad at Soul Cycles will spend as much time discussing the product as you want. Buying this frame without seeing it made me a bit hesitant, but Chad assured me I would not be disappointed. When I received the frame and looked it over, I couldn't have been happier. Beautiful product. Feel like I stole the frame from them...they gave me a great price for a paint blemish (took my buddy and I 15 minutes to find the blemish - a thin spot in the paint right where the front derailleur goes). Highly recommended! Almost wish I was doing it all over.

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Favorite Trail:   Colorado Trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   ridesoul.com

Similar Products Used:   Gary Fisher

Bike Setup:   3x9. XT cranks, SRAM x-9 everything else. BB-7's. Reba SL. Mavic 719's with XT hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by schlafsw a Cross Country Rider from Virginia

Date Reviewed: March 9, 2009

Strengths:    I was looking to get into the 29er world. Several friends of mine had mentioned the hugh advantages of riding a 29er. Ran across Soul Cycles in an issue of Dirt Rag. Decided to give them a call and get some additional info. Spoke with Chad the owner. Upon the initial conversation, you could sense Chads commitment to making Soul Cycles a bike company that cares about us, the riders. He is committed to offering the best best bike frames for the money, to cover cross country hardtails and on up to FS rigs for downhill abuse. He is presently working on his Gen 3 frame of the Dillinger. New for this year, will be the color, pearl orange. I have the Pearl Green, this color is Awesome. The welds and attention to detail are top notch. As my first 29er the Dillinger has far exceeded my expectations. Chad also offers build kits now to go with any of the Soul Cycle frames. Customer service and frame warranties are top in the business. Check them out at www.ridesoul.com

Weaknesses:    More folks are not aware of the top quality and customer service that one receives from Soul Cycles. Chad goes above and beyond to make each customers experience, an extremely positive one.

Bottom Line:   
If have been wondering about the hype and all of the talk about 29ers being that good, they are! My suggestion is, pick up a Soul Cycle Dillinger, and just ride it! I built mine up with the rigid steel Soul Cycles fork. Could not be more pleased with the overall ride and performance of this bike. The 29er rolls over everything, and this bike climbs incredibly well. The tubeset is an Easton Ultralite. Excellent welds and this frameset is stiff and power in, equals power out. When you hammer on the pedals, this bike jumps at the opportunity to find more trail. Top shelf company, top shelf people, excellent attention to detail. Give Chad a call,480-642-9582 Take Care

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Favorite Trail:   The Gauntlet

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $399.00

Purchased At:   Soul Cycles www.rid

Similar Products Used:   Trek 8700, Moots YBB This is my first 29er

Bike Setup:   Keep it Simple. Wanted fairly light and fun to ride. 1x9 Drivetrain, Raceface cranks 32T, 175mm, SRAM X9 rear der with X9 Shifter, Thomson post and stem, Monkey light low ride carbon bars, Yeti ODI lock on grips, Avid BB7s with Avid levers, Stans ZTR 355 rims with Hope Pro 2 Hubs, Schwalbe Racing Ralphs 2.4 front, 2.25 Rear, Running tubeless with Stans, Incredible System, Excellent combo with these rims and tires. Rigid Soul Cycles Steel fork

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