The heart of your bike is its frame, and if you’re looking to put together your dream build this summer, we’ve found some great cheap road and mountain bike frames for you to pick from.
Colnago C60 road frameset —
There may be a new model, but it doesn’t make this one any less lovely Merlin
The Colnago C60 was recently superceded by the C64, but that doesn’t make this handsome lugged frameset any less lustworthy. And with 33% off at Merlin cycles, it’s also a lot cheaper than a new C64!
Argon 18 Krypton XRoad disc frameset —
This frameset from Argon may make a great adventure wagon Merlin
With clearances for up to 32mm tyres and relaxed endurance-style geometry, this frameset from Argon 18 might be your perfect new summer adventure wagon.
KTM Revelator Sky Disc frameset —
This lovely frameset from KTM has a very life-friendly spec list Merlin
With a mechanic-friendly spec list — a 27.2mm seatpost, 12mm thru axles, normal head tube, etc — this rather lovely frameset from KTM might make a great ‘build with your spare parts’ type bike.
Norco Sight A7.1 2015 —
It may be from 2015, but this Sight from Norco looks great even in 2018 Evans
This Norco Sight may be from 2015, but with geometry that wouldn’t look too out of date today, we reckon you could still make a great bike around this bargain-tastic frame.
Vitus Sommet VRS 27.5″ 2018 —
The Sommet is Vitus’ 160mm travel platform Chain Reaction Cycles
The Sommet VRS is Vitus’ do-it-all, go-anywhere, enduro-friendly, 160mm travel platform and you can have the bike in a handsome green and yellow finish with a whopping 45% discount currently at Chain Reaction Cycles.
Nukeproof Pulse Comp Frame 2017 —
Fancy building a downhill bike this summer? Chain Reaction Cycles
Fancy building a hard-hitting downhill rig this summer? There’s a handful of 2017 Nukeproof Pulse frames with over 50% off RRP currently at Chain Reaction Cycles.
Lynskey R265 disc titanium road frame 2017 —
Titanium is forever Chain Reaction Cycles
Why not build up a dream titanium forever-bike around this handsome do-it-all road frame from Lynksey? You’d be mad not to at only £899!
Surly Straggler frameset —
The Surly Straggler will transform into whatever kind of bike you want it to be Surly
The Surly Straggler is just one of those frames that will keep going for countless miles and will never let you down. It’s thoroughly standard with its double-butted steel frame, QR axles, down tube shifter mounts and non-tapered steerer, but that’s no bad thing.
With ample tyre clearances and mounts for everything from racks to mudguards, you can build this up however you like; be it solid commuter, adventurous gravel bike or anything in between. Pick up a solid frame for a steal now.
Ritchey Road Logic frameset —
The Ritchey Road Logic makes a rather handsome steel steed Ritchey
Continuing with a relatively traditional build, you might consider this rather lovely steel-framed, carbon-forked Ritchey Road Logic frameset for your road build.
Get the steel-is-real feel on a modern frame, which will leave you exalting the qualities of this wonderful material. Who needs carbon when you can have something as pretty as this?
De Rosa SK frameset —
Your De Rosa could look just like this one — covered in lustrous shiny components Robert Smith
If you want a high-end carbon framed Italian beauty to set your heart on fire then consider the De Rosa SK.
It’s a premium Italian carbon frameset with aero touches that don’t sacrifice comfort. It’s available in both a disc and non-disc version at Chain Reaction Cycles.
Genesis Tarn frameset —
Build up a long distance off-road bruiser with the Genesis Tarn Genesis
If you’re after a versatile steel hardtail you won’t go far wrong with the Genesis Tarn.
The bike features up-to-date modern geometry that provides excellent handling. This is matched with enough space to fit plus-tyres, which provide the simplicity of a hardtail with the cushioning of high volume rubber.
It also comes with a rigid carbon fork if you want to go really old school. The perfect long-distance exploration machine for you to build up as your own, perhaps.
Transition Scout frameset —
The Transition Scout will provide oodles of fun Transition
We’ve been riding the carbon version of this frameset and like it a lot.
In our tester’s own words it provides “the most involving, fun, white-knuckle ride you can imagine,” and is a bike that will just put a smile on your face.
For an incredibly versatile machine, Merlin Cycles currently has both the alloy and carbon version available with a stupendous discount.
Mondraker Foxy Carbon R frameset —
Experience modern geometry and you’re unlikely to want to go back Mondraker
Mondraker is arguably the king of progressive geometry, so you’ll get an up to date modern frame capable of tackling anything you point it at for a bargain price.
The Foxy Carbon could be your premium hard-hitting racer this summer!