What hardtail frame
A bit more info would help advise you better.
Can you describe your normal trails a bit better? Do they steep technical sections, have large jumps and drops? Or is it smooth, undulating single track where you rarely get the wheels off the ground.
Would you prefer the frame to be biased towards climbing, descending or equal?
Are you bothered about weight?Posted 4 years agodavewalshMember
At £2 over budget, For an all-rounder I’d have one of these:Posted 4 years ago
I had it’s big brother, the Blue Pig and it was an awesome bike 🙂spectabilisMember
+1 for the Piglet. It’s makes a great bike suitable for all types of riding. The frame also has some nice features which put some similar yet more expensive offerings to shame.
The colours aren’t for everyone but IMO the colour is a lot better in the flesh, they have a sort of metalic look not easily picked out in photos ….
Here’s my horrendous creation…
Posted 4 years agojairajSubscriber
Out of the On One frames I would recommend the Scandal or if they have a sale on the Whippet would fit your budget. Nice light frames with equal balance towards going up or down a hill.
The 456 in steel or carbon flavour, while a nice frame are just a bit too much of a blunt weapon to recommend to someone just starting out. They’re great when you’re really hooning it but anything less and they just feel a little cumbersome and a bit stiff.
If you find the older Kenisis frames xc120, I think the newer 130 goes for £350 so a bit above your budget.
Or how about a second hand Cotic Soul.
Theres prob a few more but those are the ones that come to mind.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@calproc – a lot of us on here are big fans of steel hardtails, they ride nicely and if I’m honest there’s a bit of nostalgia too. I bought a Cotic BFe as its a bit cheaper than a Soul, I also have a Dialled bikes Prince Albert waiting to be built up. I am also a fan of the Transition brand and they do a nice hardtail frame too (in Aluminium). Spending a bit extra on the frame is worthwhile to get what you want but beware the frame is a relatively small part of total bike cost.
Good luckPosted 4 years agotricky dickyMember
I have a medium Mark 3 Soul frame for sale. Was bought in December 2013 and built up.Ridden once. Its Orange and obviously mint.Posted 4 years ago
It comes with a Hope pick and mix Headset, (£75) I would be keen to sell to someone on here.
I also have a new Fox Float RLC 120mm for the above, tapered steerer with 15mm maxle.
Let me know if of interest.
456 would do he job. You can run it with a variety of fork lengths that tranform the intended use/riding style. 100mm for a more XC focussed bike, or 150mm for a more hardcore hardtail type of thing. If you want the best of both worlds, a dual position fork would give you 2 different bikes geometry wise, but I guarentee as you get back into it you’d rarely drop the forks from their longest setting.
All the suggestions thus far are good though, Scandal, Soul, 456, Piglet/Pig would all do you well.
I would suggest that you go fo a secondhand bike first though, until you decide exactly what sort of riding floats your boat. No point spending a wad on new frame/parts as you’ll likely want a better/different bike a few months down the line.
I bought an XC bike when I got back into riding, and within a year had bought a much slacker hardcore hardtail, I then moved on to a 150mm full suss, but I still ride all 3 from time to time.Posted 4 years ago
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