What frame for an XC build

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What frame for an XC build

Postby JimboM » Sun Nov 04, 2012 10:00 am

Guys

Want to have a go at building up a bike from scratch but could do with some suggestions on what to use as the base frame. I mainly ride Surrey Hills & Swinley so no huge drop offs or anything but I do like to try and get a little bit of air where I can so something that would suit that would be ideal.

I'll buy the frame secondhand and want to go with a full suss so was thinking along the lines of a Giant Trance or Spec Stumpjumper as a base but have you got any other suggestions of other frames that would be a good start.

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Jim
ps I've got some Rev 120-150mm U-Turn forks to go on it so plenty of scope for up front travel
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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby ddraver » Sun Nov 04, 2012 13:52 pm

Giant Anthem x

One if the short travel Scotts (forget the name sorry)

One if the older Trek Fuels (the 100mm ones, again, I forget t name)

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby The Rookie » Sun Nov 04, 2012 16:40 pm

Budget?

Titus from on-one worth considering, good value for money.

Personally I'd look at getting a good used rather than new, much better VFM, or even perhaps a base spec model, break it down and flog what you don't want for your build.

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby benpinnick » Sun Nov 04, 2012 16:53 pm

If a large frame would suit, Mountain Trax have an Anthem x for £650... Bargain. I on the other hand have a Blur LT frame for sale... Yours for £650 inc. RP23., headset & fr. mech Would be great with the Revs. Thats what I have been running. Blatant plug over. Seriously though, if you're after 100mm travel, check out the trance at M-trax.
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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby JimboM » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:39 pm

Thanks for the suggestions guys, as it happens I saw an Intense 5.5 EVP frame on the bay this evening, don't know anything about them but the reviews online were good so stuck a bid in and won it for £210.

Any opinions on wether it will suit what I want or will it be going back on Ebay next week ??

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby benpinnick » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:58 pm

Thats pretty cool - The EVP is a quite rare intense version of the Blur LT 1 for all intense (sic) and purposes. Depending on the condition, it could be a bargain. Id recommend running your fork long though, the head angles were quite steep IIRC.
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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby The Rookie » Mon Nov 05, 2012 08:53 am

With shock I trust?
Yup...
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Intense-5-5-e ... 7675.l2557
That looks a real bargain as long as the paint job is good (bad it'll will still be a bargain once you fix it!)

Should be an RP23 shock, they often cost about £150-180 on ebay by themselves!

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby njee20 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 09:17 am

No mention of shock, it's a DHX 5.0 in that frame, but I'd not be expecting it to be included...

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby The Rookie » Mon Nov 05, 2012 09:24 am

Sorry I was going from the fact the shock was in the photo and not excluded in the description.

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby njee20 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 09:39 am

And that could well be the case, but whenever I sell a FS frame I'd certainly mention the shock in the listing, particularly as he's mentioned the seatpost etc.

Could just be me being cynical, unless he's got another frame the same size there's little point in keeping the shock.

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby benpinnick » Mon Nov 05, 2012 10:10 am

njee20 wrote:No mention of shock, it's a DHX 5.0 in that frame, but I'd not be expecting it to be included...


Its a manitou Swinger not a DHX. Id expect it in the price.
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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby JimboM » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:24 am

Yep, seller confirmed that shock in the pics is included - no idea what it is though. Apparently he ran the bike with a DT Swiss Carbon which he also has for sale, would this be a worthwhile addition and what sort of price should I expect to pay.

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Re: What frame for an XC build

Postby benpinnick » Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:36 am

Nah, I'd wait to see what nick the Swinger is in.
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