I prefer to by a frame that is US made. I started riding mtb’s back in 1989; a time when the boutique manufacturers in the U.S. made the best frames. Back then and still to this day, I love the idea that a person who is passionate about cycling is the one fabricating my bike. I’m not completely opposed to a frame from overseas, and I know that there are actually some high quality ti welders in Taiwan and other places too. However, I’d prefer to give my hard earned dollars to companies like: Ventana (I’ve owned two of there bikes), Lynskey ( I have a Ridgeline), Spot, Breadwinner, Retrotec, 44, and many others who still build hand crafted frames. I love custom bikes and all the options that come with them.