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super cheap mtb frames

Postby mikeouk » Thu Jan 17, 2013 10:55 am

just thought this might be of interest to someone wanting a cheap MTB frame to build a commuter or single speed hack.
Planet x are selling alloy SAB frames for £50 inc delivery. Ordered one myself and im going to swap bits of an old GT steel framed bike I have and build a single speed bike.
http://www.planet-x-bikes.co.uk/i/q/FRSBHAM/sab_hydroformed_alloy_mtb_frame

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby Pesky Jones » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:54 am

what the hell? reduced from £599 to £49? waah

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby The Rookie » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:57 am

HEAVY......I'd buy a semi decent used frame for less money.... a 17" frame should be around the 1750g mark, not over 2Kg! Never, ever, ever worth £599! Noting that the 19" is allegedly reduced from £599, the 17" from £199 - barely (OK not at all) credable!

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby cooldad » Thu Jan 17, 2013 11:59 am

I think that's a typo. Some of the others say from £199 and even that's a bit optimistic, I think.
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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby The Rookie » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:00 pm

Compare to a handsome dog for about £100....that's the most it would be worth (and it's heavier than the HD)

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby mikeouk » Thu Jan 17, 2013 12:06 pm

yeh id say a typo. i cant see where they can get the original price from anyway, planet x bought the contence of the sab factory warehouse and shipped it all back from italy. These frames have to have been sitting around for years and whos ever heard of or seen a sab bike anyway? I googled them and found very little info, so the original price must have been pulled out of the air.

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby supersonic » Thu Jan 17, 2013 13:43 pm

One day they will get the description right. 1400g or 2010g? carbon rear end or not?

Also has italian threaded BB.

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby anj132 » Thu Jan 17, 2013 15:48 pm

supersonic wrote:One day they will get the description right. 1400g or 2010g? carbon rear end or not?

Also has italian threaded BB.


Yeah exactly that.

£200 to £600 to £50... seems like a Halfords sale ;)

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby L33boy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 12:21 pm

What a palava with these frames :roll:
Got one for a cheap build for the wife and asked plenty of questions before hand... plenty!
I'll not go into the lack of knowledge these guys have but here's the summary:
Weight: 2K
BB: BSA 68mm (not Italian)
Headset: Zero Stack or 44mm semi-integrated (not integrated)
I had bought a BB & Headset after being assured the website was correct, was going to build it whilst the snow was falling.
When it did eventually arrive well over a week later I found it was as above :roll:
Now over two weeks on and they have eventually updated the website but are still to compensate me for my outlay (as promised... Gary :wink: )
Come on PlanetX, you normally look after your customers, don't let me down.

Anyway, besides all that it is a very nice frame for the price... but I may be sending it back at this rate!
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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby The Rookie » Thu Jan 31, 2013 13:04 pm

Caveat emptor, we'd all picked up why it was a lousy buy even without those extra errors.....I'd just send it back and get a decent frame.

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby L33boy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 13:18 pm

Maybe, but I hadn't seen this thread when I bought it :wink:

Still, like I said, it's a nice looking frame in the flesh, certainly worth a punt for a decent, cheap ATB
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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby The Rookie » Thu Jan 31, 2013 14:40 pm

At over 2Kg I'd still send it back...people say Carrera Vulcan frames are heavy and they are about 1800g!

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby L33boy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 14:50 pm

1800 grams is not heavy for a 'cheap' Ally frame, not sure who would say it is.
2Kg's (weighed @ 1.975) is not heavy, it's a bit podgy but flippin'eck a visit to the toilet will save you 200grams.....
Like I said, if you can find a frame for under £50 that is fit for purpose and looks this good, point me at it and I'll send this back.
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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby supersonic » Thu Jan 31, 2013 15:07 pm

Not really the point, if a certain set of stats are advertised then you expect them to be what they state.

I emailed OnOne and they said that the frame was 2010g and not 1400g, and certainly wasn't £600. Glad to see they have updated it, but if you bought one with the old stats and were not happy then you have every right to send it back.

For £50 it is good though.

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby L33boy » Thu Jan 31, 2013 15:18 pm

Yeah, don't get me wrong, I was fully aware that the weight was way out and that 2K was more realistic.
I just added to this thread to warn people that the BB is BSA and that the headset is ZS, the latter being very important as it's not a 'regular' spec.
As it is, PX have come up with the goods and reimbursed my losses due to their error (thanks Gary)
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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby Northwind » Thu Jan 31, 2013 15:57 pm

supersonic wrote:if you bought one with the old stats and were not happy then you have every right to send it back.


If you bought one and weren't happy, even if all the stats were right you can send it back ;)

For what it's worth, there's a lot of frames like this- unglamorous but decent- sat up the back of sheds all across the country. Too nice to bin, too cheap to post. If you're after something like that a post in the classifieds will probably get something ideal. I've been looking for a better home for my Kraken frame for ages now I've got my Soda, frinstance.
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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby The Rookie » Thu Jan 31, 2013 16:07 pm

Just got £25 from a Vulcan frame I flogged on ebay which needed a new mech hanger but was otherwise fairly clean, so one with a decent hanger should fetch you over £30 even after posting and fee's (yes I've accountde for ebay and paypal fees).

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby supersonic » Thu Jan 31, 2013 16:09 pm

My best bargain was a GT Zaskar Team Coupe De Monde frame with accessories, £60 delivered!

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby The Rookie » Thu Jan 31, 2013 16:31 pm

Must have been an auction ending at a funny time......

Daughters Recon golds, £72 delivered (3pm Friday), sold some Toras for £65 delivered (7pm Sunday)!

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Re: super cheap mtb frames

Postby supersonic » Thu Jan 31, 2013 16:35 pm

Bought it in the classifieds here lol.


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