I'm looking for a steel hard-tail frame designed around 5-inch travel forks. I've got a Fox Talus on hand and would like to build up a nice trail bike (not DH or freestyle). I'd like to stick with steel. Any recommendations?
I recently found a jamis Dragon (new) for $100 to outfit some spare parts- Fox Float 130, Hayes brakes, old drive train, etc. It works fine as a steel hardtail, and now that I have it, I'm certainly glad I didn't spend any more money on a hardtail frame. After years of FS, HT is fun, but not where I want to put the $.
I'd take a look at frame geo, and enjoy a slightly more raked out feel of a bike designed for a 100mm shock. Yeh. it puts more stress on the frame, but if you're not jumping it, and if you only spending < $200 does it really matter?
I just switched all the parts from my Chameleon to a new Chromag Sakura frame.
Only a few short test rides yet, but an incredible comfort boost
Nice ride feel, lively, very inspiring at the singletrack - stable on the downhills, and a cool/horrible color as well ;-)
08 Fox Float R, King/Notubes Flow wheels, SRAM X.9 supershortcage 1x9 drivetrain.
Juicy Seven brakes (185x160), SKF ISIS BB with old Race Face Turbine cranks.
Syntace F139 75mm stem in polished version, Azonic DW with Oury lockons.
Have an Azonic CF-1 handlebar that will go on with ESI silicone grips...
Moots titanium seatpost also adds to the superb comfort here!
The bike weighs 24,5 lbs (11,1 kg) as shown - not bad for a steel frame.
Weighed the frame alone to 1.97 kg in medium size.
(Steerer still uncut, will probably lift the bars a little - makes for more downhill fun)
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