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Rodie here, looking to acquire my first mtb. Hoping you guys can help find a deal on a nice frame.

I'm looking to build a 29er for cross country racing. I'll go with a 100mm fork, single chain ring, 10 or 11 speed cassette with Sram X01. I can keep the price of build under 1,000 (some parts are donated) if I can find a frame for less than 300 bucks. I like to look of the Any suggestions?
 

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Check out ebay for a steel hardtail.

Less than 300 is going to be tough.

I would also consider a chinese carbon 29er frame as well, they can be had for 500 or less.

Huge thread here about them.

I built one up with some good ebay shopping for parts for $1500, but I already had a good set of wheels which kept the cost down.

For the fork I would really consider looking at the Xfusion Slide 100mm fork, Can be had new for about $350 or less on ebay. I really like it alot and the build quality is on par if not better than all the rest. Best bang for your dollar by far.
 

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I agree with the OnOne Inbred if a steel frame, non-tapered headtube fits in with your plans. Great frames.
If you want to be adventurous then see if you can stretch your budget to one of the Chinese carbon frames.
 

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If you ride a large-I have a Vassago and Niner frame in the classifieds.Both good price for this build.
 

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just to muddy the waters a bit, at least take a look at the Soma Juice.... a bit more $ but these frames are extremely well designed/made/finished. Building a B side now after looking at many 650 frames.
 

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Complete bikes are "generally" cheaper than individual parts, some great deals in the used market or last years clearance.
 

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I looked at the Inbred, I really love the design of the frame - has a great classic look to it. I think its a solid contender. I am just a little worried about a steel frame b/c of the weight and perhaps because of the vibration. Can anyone comment on these things?

If I stretch the budget for a carbon, I think it'll be the On One Lurcher. It seems to be a great frame for the price.

Lastly, I did tinker with buying an already built bike. From BikesDirect, I can easily walk away with an X7 for 800 bucks or X9 for 1000. I have no doubt that the those bikes are on par with others in the market place. I just don't know if I will be happy without electing every part my self.
 

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Along with the On-One frame, I would recommend Shimano XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur and XT cassette, to go along with something like an FSA Mega Exo crankset and narrow/wide front ring. All of this, with frame will put you at about $525 and you will still have some good money left for the rest of the components and wheelset. Happy hunting!
 

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Along with the On-One frame, I would recommend Shimano XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur and XT cassette, to go along with something like an FSA Mega Exo crankset and narrow/wide front ring. All of this, with frame will put you at about $525 and you will still have some good money left for the rest of the components and wheelset. Happy hunting!
I too am looking for an economical frame, etc. Is your suggested set up with only one front chain ring?
 

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Rodie here, looking to acquire my first mtb. Hoping you guys can help find a deal on a nice frame.

I'm looking to build a 29er for cross country racing. I'll go with a 100mm fork, single chain ring, 10 or 11 speed cassette with Sram X01. I can keep the price of build under 1,000 (some parts are donated) if I can find a frame for less than 300 bucks. I like to look of the Any suggestions?
I may be missing something here but isnt the SRAM X01 at least 800 or 900 for the group?
 

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I second the Airborne Goblin frame set. Just built one up myself and love the geo, fit, and the way it rides.

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Also wondering, though, about your selection of X01. Must be part of the donated components?
 

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Thanks for all the posts guys. I'm still mulling my options. So far I like the Inbred and the Chinese Carbon.

Regarding the X01 - I am buying the the rear shifter and derailleur for 200 from a friend. With a 300 for the frame, that leaves 500 for everything else. I will likely go with an unbranded crank and wheel set and a budget fork. I have a free seat post, bar, stem, and bottom bracket. Maybe doable...
 
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