Building a 26" full suss – used frame choice
I was just going to post almost the exact same question. Only difference being I’m swapping frame for my son who is outgrowing his size small Cherry Bomb:)
Specialized Pitch is on top of my shortlist atm but I’ll be following this thread with great interest. (Need a match for his 140 mm Pike 454)
I’m also considering the Commencal Meta 55 (short steep chainstay snapper?), Heckler, Prophet, Giant Trance/Reign
Cheers from SwedenPosted 2 years ago
Thinking of a project. I’ve never owned a full suss bike, or ridden one, but fancy building one up. I have some pretty decent parts already, and 26″ would be my preferred choice.
Looking out for frames, just wondering what is considered a good used buy. Must:
1) be readily available at a reasonable price used
2) be suitable for trail centre use, I think more light weight and XC biased rather than DH though
3) be cheap to maintain (i.e. easily replaceable bearings, cheap/available shocks, easily available parts)
4) needs to be at the lighter end of the scale as I hate pushing uphill 😉
5) tapered headset
Not sure what travel, I suspect 120mm would be plenty (currently riding rigid, was riding 80mm HT just fine).
I’m one of these people who, if I was happy when I bought the bike 10 years ago, I’d still have it now.
Specialized FSR Stumpjumpers come up a bit on ebay I’ve noticed and I fancied one back in the day. Would love an Orange 5, for simplicity, but they fetch a premium.
Any unsung bargains that could be had, anything to avoid like the plague (because of reliability or total lack of spares/odd size shocks etc)?
Just after some pointers for my ebay search to be honest 😀Posted 2 years ago
How important is the tapered headtube/fork? There are bargains to be had with straight headtubes!
The only reason I suggested that is the availability of 1″1/8th forks seems to be getting harder to come by. If I’m wrong then great, add straight steerers to the options 8)
Will have a look at the above options and reply later. Wasn’t looking to buy this month but may be tempted by one of the options above 😉Posted 2 years agodevashMember
A Camber would be a good choice but only the 2012 Expert model has a tapered head tube and decent straight steerer forks are few and far between now.
Only problem with the Camber is that the linkage design takes 10 or so bearings (some are a pain to remove) so fathom that in if you plan on riding in muddy conditions regularly.
A Santa Cruz Superlight might be another option (single pivot design) if you can track one down at a decent price.Posted 2 years agobigjimSubscriber
I have a large Yeti ASR5a frame I need to sell. Carbon rear end has been helitaped all its life so in good nick for second hand.
Even if you didn’t want mine I would still recommend an ASR5, ticks all your boxes and I loved mine. Full carbon version is a little lighter than the one with the alu front end if you want to go light.Posted 2 years agonixieSubscriber
The are plenty of straight steerer forks still available, I’ve even seen some brand new ones while trawling for forks.
If you like fives but don’t want to spend five money then I’ve a medium morewood shova st which I’m selling. Its a single pivot, 5.2″ travel take 125-150mm forks depending on how you wanted to use it. Light enough to climb but strong enough to be fun going down (just like a five really). My email is in my profile if you want to know more.Posted 2 years agoH1ghland3rSubscriber
I’ve got a Yeti 575 from 2006 that’s in good condition apart from the DHX Air shock that needs serviced or replaced. It’s a Large, has a straight 1 1/8th headtube, threaded b/bracket. It’s an alloy swingarm with the carbon pivots. Just been lying in a box since last year so would be good to see it moved onto a home where it will see some more dirt.Posted 2 years agocpSubscriber
m360 – drop me an email. I have a barely used Genesis Grapil (120mm) I need to sell to make room for another project.. 44 headset with cups to accept tapered forks. I can also do a deal on rolling chassis with forks (little use X-Fusion Velvet 140 DLA) and possibly with hardly used wheels to suit (Superstar hubs & Sentinel rims).
My email is in profile.Posted 2 years agozer0coolMember
Good to see 26 aint dead.Posted 2 years ago
I am currently without bike, something I am trying to get fixed quick.
I have been seeing some nice 2015 end of year deals, but really finding it hard to look past one of the last 26 inch Orange 5’s for the money.
Good luck with your build.
Thanks for all of the replies, no clear “winner” out there. This turned into a bit of a wanted add, wasn’t supposed to be, but thanks for the offers of frames.
I’ll be doing some more research, but I am swaying towards an Orange 5. Mostly because it’s a bike I would have bought back in the day, and mostly because of the simplicity of it. Might have to save a bit longer though as it’s not “bargain bin cheap”.Posted 2 years ago
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