Update of these previous posts: http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=13584&highlight=
Ok, meanwhile I got a warranty frame from GF. The LBS had a lot of work getting the warranty, as I am not the first owner. He succeeded and I got a really nice looking black frame. While building it up I noticed a problem though: it is a 29'er frame. For the aforementioned reason, the LBS is reluctant to send it back, so I will sell it, as I don't really see the advantages of a 29'er and I don't want to buy new rims, forks, ...
So, to get to my point. Through my regular LBS, I am interested in three frames at a reasonable price and from good quality.
1. Chaka mauna: http://www.chaka.de/shopart/G_Mauna.htm
in alu 6061 (triple butted), weighing 1350 g for 360 €
2. Chaka makani: http://www.chaka.de/shopart/H_Makani.htm
in scandium, weighing 1230 g for 515 €
(1 and 2 available in all RAL colours)
3. He also has one very nice and one-off frame. He bought a one from the welder of American Eagle. It is a hardtail with the flat plated carbon chainstays as the Lighning frame (http://weightweenies.starbike.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4727&highlight=lightning
). To be clear, it is not a fully nor is it a softtail. It's a black hardtail for about 450 €. Only drawback, it weighs 1700 g! I really do love this one, it looks great and is very original as it's a one-off design.
As a semi-WW, the weight is important to me, but in this case, the looks of this last frame are very tempting (weight penalty is 400 g). I'll probably buy no 3 and fit it with a Marzocchi Race, Ritchey WCS components, Tune hubs and skewers, Extralite brake levers and avid sl. So total weight will not be that much. But I'm interested in your opinion about the flat chainstays, which frame to buy and will I feel the weight difference?
Thank you and I'm very sorry for the long post