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My FS is slowly dying and I feel no great need to replace it with another FS frame.

So, with lots of decent parts, who makes a hardtail frame to hang them off of? I will use the Santa Cruz Chameleon as the standard. Frame has to be disc ready and cost no more than $450 (price of Chameleon) and be able to handle a 5" travel fork. I want something to use for heavy duty XC (yes, that probably falls into the freeride category but I'm not really very aggressive), maybe some lift served. This is a frame NOT for xc racing. I have and love one of those already.

What is out there? The less expensive the better.
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My FS is slowly dying and I feel no great need to replace it with another FS frame.

So, with lots of decent parts, who makes a hardtail frame to hang them off of? I will use the Santa Cruz Chameleon as the standard. Frame has to be disc ready and cost no more than $450 (price of Chameleon) and be able to handle a 5" travel fork. I want something to use for heavy duty XC (yes, that probably falls into the freeride category but I'm not really very aggressive), maybe some lift served. This is a frame NOT for xc racing. I have and love one of those already.

What is out there? The less expensive the better.
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The Giant STP is one of the best Al frames in that class/price bracket. You can go for the STP2 if you need v-brake mounts or the STP1 if you want disc-only. It has oversized tubing all around, a forged HT, forged chainstay yoke, pierced TT, clearance for up to 2.5" rear tire, 4ish lbs, regular (14") or large (16") sizes, and great geometry. I'm riding a 14" right now and I'm 5'11" - I got it for mixed riding, but mostly for jumping/park. If you want it mostly for aggressive trail usage, go for the large if you are around my size. You might have a hard time finding the 04s - check with your LBS
 

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I'm exactly your size

Well, 5'11" anyway. What did the STP cost? I don't see it offered as a frameset in the Giant Catalog. I would run Magura Louise discs and a Psylo SL up front plus a mix of XTR/XT/LX drivetrain parts.
 

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Well, 5'11" anyway. What did the STP cost? I don't see it offered as a frameset in the Giant Catalog. I would run Magura Louise discs and a Psylo SL up front plus a mix of XTR/XT/LX drivetrain parts.
Giant does offer framesets for the STP. Give your Giant LBS a call. I don't remember if they are offering both the STP1 and STP2 or just one of them. The only difference is STP2 also has v-brake mounts while STP1 is disc-only. The STP3 is their low-end HT for the line and is a different frame (I don't think it comes as a frameset either...).

Are you from NJ BTW?
 

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Thanks again

I'm from Rockaway, ride Mahlon Dickerson more than most areas and my main LBS is Whippany Cycle, a big Giant dealer. I've also purchased an IF frame from Marty's in Morristown and a Schwinn BMX for my younger son from Cycle Craft in Parsippany a bunch of years ago.
 

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I highly recommend the Yeti DJ. Very similar to the Chameleon-I used to have one-but the Yeti has better tire clearance, replaceable dropouts, and a super thick headtube-same one as their DH frame. Check it out.
 
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