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I am currently riding a trek 4300 and it's a nice bike, just not quite what I am looking for. I have been riding my whole life, but not mountain bikes. I am completely foreign to them. I come from BMX and street experience, bikes that are extremely easy to build.

That being said, I want something a little more like one of my park bikes but with front suspension and hardtail and gears (so I can ride trails and a wide variety of things).

Any good ideas for a frame to start with? I am 6'1" 185.

Thanks guys!
 

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Start with any large hardtail frame. But... it's going to be cheaper to buy than build a complete bike.
 

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hardwarz said:
Start with any large hardtail frame. But... it's going to be cheaper to buy than build a complete bike.
I understand that, but I enjoy building and being able to put my own little twist on things. My current bike is a large hardtail, I just dont like the feeling of I guess a XC bike. Something I think more of like a freeride (I'm not sure what all the differences are) bike would suit me more. Something that can take a beating but keep going; something I can jump well (hard to menuever mine) and something that I will be able to peddle up hill to get to trails.
 

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If you want to go the more expensive route and do your own build, which I think is rewarding in many ways, since you come from a steet, bmx backround, for something a little unique, I recommend you check out "brooklyn iron works" Maybe since you like wrenching and your not sure what to get, go the craigslist route so you can see what you like before dumping a ton o money on something.
Oh, there's a frame building, and a freeride forum on here
 

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I think this a little more in the realm of what I am looking for. I want something good on jumps but something that I can ride all around the mountain
 

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Kaba Klaus said:
This is a 4x, dirt jump and slopestyle bike. It has been optimized to ride specific man-made courses. This bike is worseless on a trail. It is not a freeride bike.
Then would you mind helping me out?
 

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jmurphy said:
Then would you mind helping me out?
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/hardtails/komodo/10_komodo1.html
http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/shore-hardtail/bigfoot/
http://www.brodiebikes.com/2010/bikes/hardass.php

and google "hardtail freeride bikes"

If you want to trail ride but hump and jump every obstacle you either need a specific hard tail free ride bike (see above) or a standard XC hard tail frame a little smaller than you'd usually ride with a sturdy fork.
 

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Kaba Klaus said:
http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/thebikes/hardtails/komodo/10_komodo1.html
http://www.norco.com/bikes/mountain/shore-hardtail/bigfoot/
http://www.brodiebikes.com/2010/bikes/hardass.php

and google "hardtail freeride bikes"

If you want to trail ride but hump and jump every obstacle you either need a specific hard tail free ride bike (see above) or a standard XC hard tail frame a little smaller than you'd usually ride with a sturdy fork.
Thanks! I am liking the Norco most but is a little out of my range. I think the Jamis will definitely do though!
 

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BikeToBlog said:
Ahh sorry about that. I just did a quick search for you and didn't dive into it too deep.
Ha its cool. I did my own search. What do you all think about NS Bikes freeride hardtail frames?
 

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What's the budget? There are a lot of great bikes and frames out there from $200-4000, but I assume you have some sort of budget in mind.

If I were to build a hardtail up on a budget I'd be looking at the Sette Razzo 29er frame on Pricepoint.com: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/18864-175_SETRZ8-278-Frames--/Sette-Razzo-29er-Hardtail-Frame.htm

There are also others on the forum that have built up Razzo's in every confiruation imaginable. For AM type riding, I'd spend the extra dough on a decent 29er fork like the Reba Race or Fox 32 F29. If you're really going to be hammering your bike on the jumps and drops, then pick up a strong wheelset, or have them custom built.

Sette Razzo Frame - $199
Reba Race 2010 100mm - $599
Stans ZTR Flow Wheelset - $460
 

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TwoHeadsBrewing said:
What's the budget? There are a lot of great bikes and frames out there from $200-4000, but I assume you have some sort of budget in mind.

If I were to build a hardtail up on a budget I'd be looking at the Sette Razzo 29er frame on Pricepoint.com: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/18864-175_SETRZ8-278-Frames--/Sette-Razzo-29er-Hardtail-Frame.htm

There are also others on the forum that have built up Razzo's in every confiruation imaginable. For AM type riding, I'd spend the extra dough on a decent 29er fork like the Reba Race or Fox 32 F29. If you're really going to be hammering your bike on the jumps and drops, then pick up a strong wheelset, or have them custom built.

Sette Razzo Frame - $199
Reba Race 2010 100mm - $599
Stans ZTR Flow Wheelset - $460
I am definitley going to have some custom wheels built strong and also, why would I want a 29er rather than a 26
 
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