- 29 er Frames
Am going to build a 29er, want steel but would consider Alu.
On One is obvious, but I have a 26 scandal. Needs to be rigid or front suspension.
Price point, needs to be sensible, but not above 450.
Looking at Surly, but what else are others riding. I am 6ft, long back and shortish legs, ride an 18 scandal and a Rocky Mountain, not at the same time though.
CheersPosted 5 years ago
Those were my feelings too.
The Surly looks great, especially as the fork is included. I like the Ogre.
However how do you feel about the inbred s? This is because price wise I would be having Hope Hoops, if that makes sense.
Any thoughts on a suspension fork? I rode rigid for ten years until last year, a short spell with suspension before that. Do like it but….Posted 5 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
I’ve fairly recently built up an Inbred with a Singular Swift fork and I’m very pleased with it. I put my money into a set of Crests on Hope hubs, which I think was the right decision for me.
The frame was bargaintastic at £100. It’s nicely finished and rides really well. It may not have the zing of a Swift or similar but downhill it’s incredible. Really, really rate the Swift fork too.Posted 5 years ago
I’m in the go-with-a-better-frame camp. I had an Inbred, it was good but my Niner is in a different league, even with the same relatively low spec kit. (Rigid forks, Mavic TN719’s on Surly SS wheels). Nothing wrong with the Inbred, but I’d try a Scandal first next time also.Posted 5 years ago
I didn’t find the Swift zingy. Versatile and adaptable are the words I would use.
But Mr Cheez up there rode both my Swift, my Salsa Selma, and his Inbred so is better placed to give you a comparison.
I gave a Niner MCR9 a good beasting and that was zingy, but it’s double the money and add a bit.
If you come across a Selma 2nd hand give it very serious thought, it’s a rocket ship.Posted 5 years agosfinnieMember
+1 for Swift. Can’t compare it to any others as haven’t ridden them. But I love my swift. Have used it rigid/ss, rigid/1×9, hardtail/1×9 so far. ht/ss next. Endless fettling potential and the bike I want to ride every time I go into the garage. Which is a little unfortunate, having lavished my Rocky Mountain Element with new hope hoops & x2 brakes shortly before building the swift. And now the RM sits forlornly in the garage most of the time.
The Swift is a good bit quicker on the climbs and not noticably slower going down on the majority of the stuff I ride – mostly natural + trail centre xc around tweed valley. And the RM ain’t exactly a slouch 🙂Posted 5 years ago
As always a balanced view, no one opinion sticking out more than the others!
Currently loooking to build a rigid 29er with SS and geared option. So looking at frame and fork options. My budget will only cater for inbred or second hand Swift, so trying to decide between the two. After riding a mk1 PA for some time and being a little dissapointed that it didn’t have the steel zing that my 90’s Stumpy had I think i’m looking for some zing….Posted 5 years ago
I don’t think your budget stretches to zing.
Look for a 2nd hand Niner SIR9 (not common), maybe a Ritchey P29er (same).
I’d probably pick a Swift over an Inbred (well, I did!). Inbred is outstanding VFM though and Cheez up there rides it good.
I have a medium Swift (frame fork headset) that needs a good home, but you probably need a large.Posted 5 years agoCheezpleezSubscriber
TBH I found the Inbred and Swift a v similar ride. The Selma is, as Matt says, a rocket ship. Not quite as confident on the downs as my Inbred but that may be because it weighs almost nothing. I’ve been riding rigid SS for a while but I’m fairly new to 29ers and I’m still impressed with how capable my Inbred is every time I ride it.Posted 5 years ago
Cheezpleez – ‘TBH I found the Inbred and Swift a v similar ride’ good to hear – although makes the choice no easier.
‘Not quite as confident on the downs as my Inbred but that may be because it weighs almost nothing‘ This is interesting, as i’ve ridden a couple of lightweight carbon and alu 29ers and felt they were a bit skittish. A slightly ‘better planted’ bike will be better for 90% of the riding I do – after all i’m never going to win any races.
If anyone is in the SW with either inbred or swift I wouldn’t mind trying one out…Posted 5 years ago
I went from Inbred to SIR.9. The Niner is lovely, really does have a suppleness that the Inbred didn’t but I’d happily go back to an Inbred. The Niner certainly isn’t worth 5x the Inbred. The Niner, in terms of feel, reminds me of a Cotic Soul I had once. It’s quite a bit lighter too.Posted 5 years ago
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