New Bike Build: Which Frame?

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  • New Bike Build: Which Frame?
  • Premier Icon greenskin
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    So I’m looking to build a new bike, but I cannot decide between these three frames:

    Yeti SB150 – Specialized Enduro S-works – Santa Cruz Megatower

    Anybody got any pearls of wisdom, knowledge or anecdotes they wanna share to help me make a damn decision?

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    I’d get the Enduro just because its a little less dentisty.  😃

    nah in all seriousness, I have had a good few goes on a megatower, and despite it looking gorgeous I wasn’t that impressed.  So it would be the Yeti or the Speci

    submarined
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    I’d get the Enduro just because its a little less dentisty.

    Have you seen how many root canals you need to do to buy even a normal ’20 Enduro with a crap spec?!

    I wouldn’t have a Yeti because of warranty/quality. Specialized by a mile, based on geometry.

    There was some Trek Slash and Remedy frames on sale at Triton Cycles, Saracen and Mondraker at Bike Tart and Banshee somewhere else 😆

    Premier Icon mehr
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    In true STW fashion, forget all them and get a Gravity Guerilla Smash

    Premier Icon greenskin
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    @submarined that’s why I’m building from a frame. Better spec for the same or less price. The Spesh is definitely pushing to the top, especially after seeing the finish on the frame option.

    marksnook
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    With that finish the spec for sure!!

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    how much is the frame only, and where from?

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Frames retail at £3299 and have just started filtering in but not all sizes available yet

    Yeti – heard way too many horror stories about them direct from owners.
    Santa Cruz – overpriced IMO and they’re always a bit behind on geo. Way too much anti squat on all the ones I’ve ridden (admittedly not the Megatower).
    Specialized – that’s silly money for a frame from a mass market brand.

    Personally, I’d be looking at something like a Geometron at that money.

    JP

    Premier Icon Rick Draper
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    Have you seen how many bearings that Enduro needs i the rear triangle! That would put me off that one straight away.

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Are you indulging @tracey ?

    Premier Icon greenskin
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    I’ve looked at the smaller niche brands, thing is I keep my bikes for a while and I don’t want to take the risk on one, they go belly up and I can’t get spares, or they simply stop machining the parts as they make new bikes.

    I want carbon, I want a known brand and it’s between these three, well teo. The Yeti is out. Read some absolute howlers about them tonight.

    Premier Icon Tracey
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    Abigale will need to throw a leg over a couple of the sizes before we make any decisions. Also need to move some stuff to make more room in the garage after adding a Stumpy ST to the fold.
    Abigale has been putting it through its paces in Wharncliffe for the last couple of weekends and is enjoying it.
    Had to go medium as the large felt too long for her.

    Nikolai have been going for ages and keep parts in stock for 10 years.

    They made me a new chain stay when I stuffed mine- through user error. If I’d bought mine new it would have been covered under warranty

    So I’ll recommend what I have- a geometron😀

    Premier Icon Akers
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    I heard mixed reviews on the Megatower. I rode with a guy recently who rode a Hightower LT, he demo’d a Megatower and hated it. The ride on Cruz’s always seems to be marmite.

    Any reason you’ve ruled out the likes of the Ibis Ripmo, Pivot Firebird 29, Nukeproof Mega 290c and Orbea Rallon?

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