I just posted in another thread about a dent in the frame of my current rig. I’m hoping I won’t have issues in continuing to ride it, but if I can’t I will likely just strip all components off the frame and rebuild. I currently ride a 2015 transition transam (upgraded every component except the pike fork). What would be some good potential frame build options with the following musts?
-non boost / 29er (thru axle)
-modern geo (“do it all hard tail”)
-horizontal dropouts (I ride SS locally in Charlotte, but throw gears on when I head to Pisgah)
-Steel or carbon (not totally against a knock off Chinese carbon frame if anyone has had good experiences with those?)
@nikofraser: “my current frame (transition transam) is. my wheels and fork are non boost so would be ideal to just put on a new frame. That’s why I’m asking what’s out there”
2015 is not a modern frame. Nothing was Boost at that point save maybe some Trek bikes (they invented it). If you are dead set (you should not be, but more on that in a second) on non-Boost then you’ll be buying used. A fantastic used hardtail that would be non-boost would be a Kona Honzo through ’15. Good luck finding one as they are coveted. Honestly your best bet is to buy a Boost hardtail frame, get a $20 conversion kit and ride on.
thanks for the insight. I have the pike fork that I absolutely love as well as some pretty sweet dt Swiss spline 1501 wheels. both are non boost so even with the conversion kit, I wouldn’t be able to use the fork, so it would be ideal to effectively rebuild my current bike on a new frame if I needed to. Any idea if I could do that on the current non boost fork with a boost frame? I’m guessing no.
While it is boost, the RSD MiddleChild is a damn nice choice available in steel, Ti or aluminum. Sliding dropouts are standard. 27.5+/29 x 2.6 capable and any non plus tire/wheel will do the deed. Check em out…