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    I was half asleep most of the time but I'm pretty sure I have been told in school that steel is an an alloy of mainly iron and carbon and read later that chromium, molybdenium and/or vanadium were also part of the steel alloy used in bicycle frames.
    OK - great, thanks for the metallurgy lesson. But I think we all know what the layman means when they say they are looking for an alloy bike. Furthermore, the OP specifically said they were looking for an affordable bike. Probably not custom....

    I like custom bikes as much as the next guy, and have had a few. But sometimes I think members here are discounting how nice some off the shelf bikes really are. It seems there is a belief that custom is always better or preferred. I don't believe that to be true, especially with mountain bikes.
     

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    Thanks Thomas the Alma has always given me mtb wood. I love this rigid beast below too. I'll definitely keep an eye on Orbea and look up Commencal.

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    Thanks Thomas the Alma has always given me mtb wood. I love this rigid beast below too. I'll definitely keep an eye on Orbea and look up Commencal.

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    < looks up orbea site >
     

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    Find a used Canfield Yelli Screamy... or if you are a small or medium frame... buy one new before they gone. SHOP YELLI SCREAMY | Canfield Brothers Online Store

    Thankfully I nabbed one of them before they sold out of larges.

    Roadies are no fun in the woods anyway... they always leave me on the gravel climbs and then I run up their butts on the DH's.
     

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    i would select a bike on geometry first what its made out of is secondary, must sound like a dickhead now but what i mean to say is that that carbon orbea, an xc racer but suit better than a am alloy kona or salsa.
    i loved my superfly's if it wasnt for the poor executing of the construction i had three warranty replacements plus a repair done before i made my own out out iron (-: but as far as a race bike goes i love the low and long superfly.
    that orbeo looks super hot. have fun picking one ! (-:
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    Alloy hardtail = Frank the Welder!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by kurto View Post
    I have an alloy Gary Fisher that's been awesome for me, and Trek still makes the Superfly which is a direct descendent of the Fisher stuff. From a quick perusal, it looks like you can get a complete Superfly with the dope Fox fork and XT for under 2K. You get a lot of bike for the scratch, and it looks like an XC racer's affordable dream.
    My Superfly rides really nicely, but if I had to do it over, I'd get the SS version with the swappable dropouts. That way, one frame can do both SS AND geared wheels.

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    I would also through Vassago in the ring. They do some very good riding steel frames. A little longer in the chainstay but they rip. Always regretted selling that one.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenpea View Post
    I would also through Vassago in the ring. They do some very good riding steel frames. A little longer in the chainstay but they rip. Always regretted selling that one.
    a new Jabberwocky is at the top of my list. the new ones have a 17" chainstay, oversized headtube, and a long top tube for their size, which I would think would better accommodate the short stem trend.
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    So steel and 27.5, so nothing you want, but I've heard great things, and it is very affordable.

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    An Engine/Moots/Firefly would be worth looking at.

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    Niner does hardtails right in all materials. l love my SIR 9. It's a poor man's 44.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldamelio View Post
    Niner... It's a poor man's 44.
    Lou, I had a Niner Air-9 before my 44. Actually I still have it but I've ridden it only once. Kris had the numbers from it when he designed my 44.

    While I always liked the way the Niner handled, I love the way the 44 handles. It's significantly different and a lot better for the trails I ride.
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    I'm going to add my qualified praise for the Trek: I have a Superfly AL. When I'm fit and riding it hard, it works great. Kind of meh for just tooling around, though. Definitely an effort=results bike.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    Anybody know any good alloy 29er HTs out there?
    If I were to recommend an Aluminum Hardtail, it would be these two:

    · Kona Honzo
    · Santa Cruz Chameleon

    I've heard good things about both and I see these more as "modern mountain bike hardtails."

    Another one, albeit not aluminum but steel which I think Surly did a great job with especially with it's latest version is the Karate Monkey of all bikes (comes in a 29" version but also the 27.5+ looks pretty nice). That was actually my first taste of a 29er way back when.
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    ^^ agreed. Those two (and the carbon Vanquish) were the basis for this thing which I'm waiting on wheels for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fortyfour View Post
    If I were to recommend an Aluminum Hardtail, it would be these two:

    · Kona Honzo
    · Santa Cruz Chameleon

    I've heard good things about both and I see these more as "modern mountain bike hardtails."
    OMG I need another bike like a hole in the head, but now can't stop daydreaming of the Chameleon....looks like loads of fun!
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    Looking forward to test riding a Chameleon--it's not in at the local shop yet.

    Tooled around for a few minutes on a carbon Honzo yesterday (no AL in my size) and it seems like a super fun bike. Great spec, with the exception of the press fit bottom bracket. :|
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