MTB Steel Hardtails?

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  1. robalert

    robalert New Member

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    I am looking around for some steel hardtails, preferably trail or XC.

    I already own a DMR Trailstar and it is a beaut bike to ride for DH/FR applications

    I don't envisage my old Alum frame lasting forever and taking the journey of looking around?

    Anyone own a steel hardtail here? Happy? what are my choices?

    Some options I've considered:

    Baum Cappuccino - a bit too exxy but Aussie and custom

    Salsa Ala Carte - rare breed, OK at around $1K, nice tubing being OX temper platinum

    Kona Explosif - only seen it as a bike and not thinking of running as a SS

    Surly Karate Monkey - good price but they don't seem to have any normal MTB 26" wheels.

    DMR Switchback - read some neg reviews and don't seem to sell 'em here

    Jamis Dragon - again, not seen any that are frame only

    I've come to detest duallies after owning a VT3 and love the ride quality of hardtails...
     
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  2. robalert

    robalert New Member

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    ah yes, forgot to mention


    I noticed nashbar seem to have a reynolds 853 XC mtb well priced

    Has anyone bought stuff from them?
     
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    cluster blaster New Member

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    Have a look at Soma frames (Soma Groove). Should be well priced - cheaper than Salsa...

    I don't know who is the distributor here but ask at your favourite LBS.

    And, ooh, look a those lugged road frames... just sweet.


     
  5. kslim

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    Got an old Trek 830 steel hardtail, with the old rigid fork changed for shocks.

    Still a very nice smooth ride, and still very happy with it. I mostly ride my road bike now but if/when components wear out on the MTB, I'm going to keep the frame and rebuild it.
     
  6. robalert

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    thanks for the heads-up

    i have noticed them online on mtbr forums
     
  7. robalert

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    mmm, also nice.... is 631 a bit downspec tho?

    SCV imports are their distributor

    i'm pretty sure SCV do alot of brands

    i still like the idea of an aussie bike

    My apollo is made in taiwan but wear the aussie flag on the downtube proudly
     
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    Just to let you know, I ended up picking up a Off-white new DMR Swtchback 18inch frame on ebay for $370

    Pics to come....

    Decided to keep my DMR Trailstar2 for rougher riding....
     
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    I have been looking at the Soma Groove myself and it appears they now have a Tange Prestige Main triangle (Look further into their site and also download the catalogue).
    I am after something chromoly to build up an offroad tourer but most seem a bit to light and flexy for a heavy load.
    The Karate Monkey would do the job for me but I cant quite come at the rear dropout set up, which would make changing a rear flat more of a hassle than necessary with a disk brake setup.(Although this is a twenty niner you could run 26" wheels with disks).
     
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