Looking for 29er frame to build up a new bike. Want it to be light and reasonably stiff. Using it for recreational trail / XC rides. Will be using it for week+ bikepacking and passably Alps as well, so needs to be a good all rounder. I'm not a rad type of rider at all, the odd wee drop or jump is all I do.
Looking to run 100mm fork, and up to 2.4" tyres.
Currently run a Cannondale Caffene 26er Large, top tube is 622mm and has got a 90mm stem. Head tube is 70 degrees, seat tube 73 degrees. Wheelbase is 1106mm, chainstay length 424mm, bb height 298mm. Mostly happy with this bike, like how fast it is.
I hired a Genesis Mantle recently and really liked how it rolled, also felt much faster on the downs. Seemed a bit too upright though.
The following frames are on my shortlist:
Santa Cruz Highball http://www.santacruzbikes.co.uk/highball/ - bit heavy 1.8kg, short 609mm tt
Niner Air 9 - http://www.ninerbikes.com/air9 - nice weight and tt length. Expensive, colour issues, too racy?
Kinesis FF29 http://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/products/maxlight/ff29 - bit heavy 1.8kg, can't run 2.4" tyres!
Genesis Mantle - short top tube (610mm), enjoyed riding it though! Frame only availability?
On-One Scandal - http://www.on-one.co.uk/i/q/FROOSCSO29V2/on_one_scandal_29er_swap_out_frame_v2 - tt length on 619mm, steeper 72 degrees, weight?
Orange Clockwork - http://www.orangebikes.co.uk/bikes/clockwork_frame/ - ???
Any other good frames come to mind?