1500g HT MTB Frame for less than US $500?

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jwills
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by jwills

Hi All,
I would like to purchase a new HT MTB frame and would like to spend (well) less than US $500. The only options that I have found are the Giant XTC, which I have found for $399 new and around $200 used on ebay. What other frames can you recommend? I have searched from the listings directory and most frames seem to be in the $800-1000 range.
Thanks,
Jesse

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Tim the Pineapple
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by Tim the Pineapple

jwills wrote:Hi All,
I would like to purchase a new HT MTB frame and would like to spend (well) less than US $500. The only options that I have found are the Giant XTC, which I have found for $399 new and around $200 used on ebay. What other frames can you recommend? I have searched from the listings directory and most frames seem to be in the $800-1000 range.
Thanks,
Jesse


Theres alot of good steel frames under $500 i think; but does wieght matters much to you ?

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Frankie - B
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by Frankie - B

The Giant is a very gooooood :!: choice :up:
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yoko
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by yoko

Giant XTC is a very good choice. It still remains as one of my favorite HT (XTC SE1). Geometry os good especially on climbing. Climbs like a goat.

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by elendil

Yes, the Giant XTC is great. I don't think you will find another comparable frame for 399,-.

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eurorider
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by eurorider

my friend is planning on buying a TREK 8500 ...how does this frame compare to the Giant XTC? ...one thing i know is that the trek is made of ZR9000 aluminum which has zirconium added to it but what are the main differences in material, geometry, price, strength, overall?

i ask because a fellow racer mentioned he is planning to buy the Giant XTC and i'm interested to hear more about these frames...

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Stylomilo
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by Stylomilo

heard of JBC frame??? its a scandium frame weight around 1.3kg with integrate headset. cheap too

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by Frankie - B

Stylo milo, can you post a link, pictures?

That would be real nice!
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yoko
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by yoko

JBC Pro frame is made by FastTrax (Taiwanese Company). I've seen some about 2-3 years ago, mostly in asian countries like Singapore, Malaysia, & the Philippines. Haven't seen one here in the US.

Though I haven't ridden one, it looks nice and beefy like a Giant XTC.

I heard Fastrax is also the frame supplier of other big bike companies & Scott get their scandium from them.

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yoko
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by yoko

Pics of a JBC Pro frame I found on the web!
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JBC PRO.jpg
JBC Frame.jpg

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masterskier
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by masterskier

JBC is nice, i have one, but i actually like my giant XTC better!! Less flex, also consider an old LITESPEED. Theyre titanium, and you can find a frame from 2000 or 2001 for about $400 US dollars. Remember titanium is forever, so year isnt a concern!! I got a 2001 and i :D LOVE :D it!!!
Hope that helps

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