What's the most you have – or would – ever spend on a hardtail frame?
I spent about £2750 on a Kingdom Brigante 650b build.Posted 2 years ago
I really wanted a light Ti trail hardtail and Chris at Kingdom is a lovely chap, so why not.
I’d probably spend up to about £4,000 (if I had that kind of money) if the right bike came along. Canfield Bros Epo or Stooge Ti.kayla1Subscriber
I paid £80 for my (26″, steel, second hand) 2011 Sunn Tzar about a year ago, which was a Billy Bargain as far as I’m concerned. I’d pay £300-odd for a new Onza Jackpot (650B) if I could afford to buy all the new standardy bits I’d need to go with it (wheels, forks, BB etc…) but I can’t, so I won’t. Shame, cos it was nice to ride at the NEC.Posted 2 years agojamesoSubscriber
Depends what it offers really, it’s a value question rather than absolutes. I’d say about £500 for a good TW-made steel frame but it could go a fair bit higher – my TW-made steel Jones F+F was £1200. It’s great VFM imo but only since it does something nothing else does and I appreciate what goes into making something like that.
Carbon or Ti could be a lot more but I’m more likely to go for good steel, for HT MTBs anyway (for my own riding rather than any generalisation).Posted 2 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
The most I have spent is £150 ish on a Ragley MmmBop when CRC when flogging them cheap a few years ago. I can’t see myself ever building my own hardtail again unless it was a custom-made frame, in which case I’d pay whatever the market price was…assuming it doesn’t go above 3 figures 🙂
If money was no object however…Posted 2 years agoGunzMember
£1500 in 1998 for a Kona Hei Hei which I’m still using as my main bike, so awesome value for money. It had sat in the window of the LBS like the Wayne’s World guitar just waiting for me to get promoted at work (still had to eat a lot of beans for the rest of the month though).Posted 2 years agozinaruMember
erm, my rigid ti frame cost loads. and i had to do the whole customs thing to get it to the uk. courier needed almost £700 in import duty before handing me the box.
I’m not rich by any stretch of the imagination but this once in a life time purchase thought thats still making me smile… the best thing i ever did.Posted 2 years agofunkrodentSubscriber
Scienceofficer – Member
For production, I think I’m pretty close to my limit with the 2 souls Quarterhorse.
This. Paid £600 for a 2nd hand 2Souls QH. Made me question my sanity at the time but the reviews on here (incl the above Scienceofficer – thanks for that!) swayed me. Grrrrreat bike, immensely capable, custom drawn (by frame size) 853 tubing and fairly radical geometry. Love it!
Other than that, paid £395 for a Sanderson Life frame a couple of years ago. Might go higher for Ti, but certainly would go into 4 figures for something custom (being a gangly 6’4″ I sometimes think that I could use something measured for me), but recent bike expenditure, coupled with imminent arrival of funkrodent junior, means that won’t be for some time… 😐Posted 2 years agosssimonMember
£900 ish for a custom Curtis 10 years ago in spring, probably good value considering how much I rode it for 6 or 7 years, found the order form a few weeks ago and remembered I’d had it built so a 650b rear wheel would fit (paragon drop outs well forward for a 26 and right back for 27.5), really mush get a fork and wheelset and get it built up again.Posted 2 years agodavidtaylforthMember
I think I paid just over £400 for a Cotic BFe quite a few years ago, that was when they used to make about ten a year though. It was the only hardtail I could find with the geometry I wanted. There’s alot more of them about now though.
I’d definitely pay £500 for one of those Chromags; they look great!Posted 2 years agomomoSubscriber
£599 for my s-works m4 HT in April 2000, part funded by an insurance payout on my stolen Rockhopper, still have the frame now, built up with (nice) spares and used for commuting to work and occasionally by MrsMomo if we go out on a nice day.
It was ‘retired’ form my main bike 5 years ago but was my only bike for 10 years and covered 1000s of miles in that time, the only original parts left are the seatpost and x-lite g-force handlebarsPosted 2 years ago
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