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 Post subject: New frame - what to get?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:28 pm 
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Hi All,

I am in the situation that my old Cannondale Flash Hi-Mod is getting worn out and I am looking for a replacement. Ideally, I would like a High-End, High Quality and very light MTB XC race frame. I am flexible in regards to materials, but imagine carbon. I have been riding 26" until now and I am most happy continue doing so. However, being aware of the current trends, I am open towards 27,5" and 29" as well. I am 185 cm tall.

My main requirements are as follows:

- Very light (at least as light as my current Cannondale. <1000 grams)
- XC race hardtail geometry.
- Boutique/High-End (I like something that is not the most common and is still top quality)

I have been considering a Open Cycles frame, but have heard that they are very soft due to the carbon structure used. The price of the new frame is not of concern and I am willing to shell out for the right frame :D

I hope for some good ideas as it is long time I since I bought a new frame and not quite sure I have a good overview of the market and available frames.

Thank you


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 26, 2014 8:00 pm 
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Well there aren't that many frames < 1000g to begin with... only Scott & Open are guaranteed to be below as far as I know. Maybe the Trek HT is too. Anyway Scott and Trek aren't really boutique (and pretty common) so I'd try the Open to start with.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 8:02 am 
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Rocky Mountain Vertex is worth a look.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:41 am 
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Rebel 9 is quite nice.
http://www.storck-bicycle.de/en/web-anz ... bel%20Nine
The frame is said to sit @1150g, though I managed to build a reasonably light (10.3kg) bike with it without resorting to many oh-so-superlight parts.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 3:57 pm 
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Hi

This one is a bit left field but hey I think its a great brand, the Isaac Baryon, come in 650b or 29, the web site doesnt have weights but I have the older version the Impact and I have a sub 10kg bike on a very limited budget.

http://www.isaac-cycle.com/en/models/baryon-29


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 4:02 pm 
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Hi Guys,

Thank you for the advice. My challenge is that I am currently riding a 7,1 kilo bike and looking at getting lighter.......


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:21 pm 
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Norco is not exactly boutique but their new 650b carbon hardtail looks nice- light too.
I am sure that it would make for a light bike.
And you don't see them all over the place- so a little unique.


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 27, 2014 10:06 pm 
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Why not another Cannondale? An F29 Team for instance.

You have problems getting it under 7 I think though, unless you lay down a serious pile of cash :?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:33 pm 
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What could be more boutique then custom carbon. I am unsure of the exact weights but Appleman, Crumpton, and Kirklee all would make frames that would accept lefty and could be fairly light.

Crumpton does make very light road and maybe willing to make superlight mountain.
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Appleman's inlay's and workmanship is art.
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Anybody that works with Fairwheel on there projects might have the right WW ideals.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 28, 2014 3:49 pm 
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That is awesome. Just what I was looking for.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:02 pm 
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Not sure how important "boutique" is but these 1080g, 650B frames may be worth a look? A few of the very quick XC/ Marathon guys in the UK have been racing them throughout the Winter and seem very happy with them (29er versions)

http://www.carbonality.com/venture-27-5er-sl-1080g-only.html


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 04, 2014 7:23 pm 
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Reconsider Open?

Or maybe check out the Swift Detritovore or the BH Ultimate? These aren't weight weenie (~1200g range), but if you can put value to trade a bit of extra weight for ride feel and build construction quality, these might entice ya. Seriously, Open's the only one I can think of that can please such high standards.


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appleman, if you can afford it. Sick frames


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 7:58 pm 
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grover wrote:
Rocky Mountain Vertex is worth a look.


+1 on that, really nice frame.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 4:59 pm 
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Currently using the giant xtc 27.5 frame, it's lovely! Not sure of the weight though, but rides so so nicely.


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