seat_boy said:Second vote for a used bike. I bought a Sugar 293 frame off ebay for $400, added a fork I had with a few other parts, but had to buy new wheels, brakes, and the entire drivetrain. The whole thing still came out to "only" $1000.
Hei Hei 2-9 are $2500 (plus tax), I just got one last week.bsdc said:The Gary Fisher HiFi, Kona Hei Hei, KHS Flagstaff are all FS 29ers that can be had for about $2000 brand new. With some luck, you might be able to find a used RIP9
At that price there is a mid level GF HiFi and the Voodoo Canzo. I don't know what price range the OP is looking for but there are a number of production FS 29ers way under $4000. Of course even greater deals can be had on used bikes if you don't mind going without a warranty.torteeya said:Hei Hei 2-9 are $2500 (pre tax), I just got one last week.
Watch Ebay, a Hei Hei 2-9 frame went for $655 last week.
Not always, if you are light, strong, crazed or young enough (or any combo thereof) the standard 44/32/22 ft and 11-34t rear can work fine. Especially if multi hour climbs are not part of the picture.rjd said:Shirly the gears have to be a different ratio too.
Good advice. In theory you could just get frame, fork and rims+spokes+rubber swapped and be good to go. To bad it never really works out like that.Soupboy said:A used one. Seriously, sell the 575, rebuild the hubs you have with 29er rims and transfer every else over to a late-model used 29er frame.
What a great combo! Alas keeping both would be pretty hard to justify....RIP9 and Yeti 575...
No, not the case. There a folks who buy complete bikes and then strip them out, sell the parts on ebay and make a tidy profit all the time. That is unless you don't like the parts on your 575. But my guess is that you have some nice parts hung on it.pfb said:What a great combo! Alas keeping both would be pretty hard to justify.
As for stripping the 575 and building a new frame with the parts, I'm thinking I'd do better to sell the Yeti fully set up rather than frame only. No?
pfb said:At first I really didn't want to deal with a frame-up build, but now I'm kind of intrigued by the idea...
Other than wheels/fork/frame, are any other components 29'er specific?
Any pointers to good online "bike build" tutorials/threads or recommended books? Never done it before, but I've torn down and put back together dirt bikes so I imagine I can learn how to build a pedal bike...