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Old 09-18-2017, 02:14 AM
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"Sleeper" bike frames

I've been riding my Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross for 2 years now. Love the bike. So versatile.

To me, BMC epitomizes the category of bike frame makers/producers/designers that are somewhat niche, tailored to the enthusiast and relatively low volume.

I've recently looked into purchasing and building up another frame and through here-and-there research, frames like the Rodeo Labs Flaanimal, Endpoint Hunter-Gatherer, Rawland Ravn and Ulv, and Singular.

I'm liking these low-volume, off-the-shelf frames for the discerning bike enthusiast and a not so crazy price.

It would be great to start a discussion about these frames and give spotlight to those producers/manufacturers that deserve it.

I also think it would be great to get a list going of all of the best of the lot.
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Old 09-18-2017, 07:28 AM
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I'd add Crust to the list of low volume crossover manufacturers.
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:16 AM
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Probably shouldn't use BMC to refer to your bike, especially if you want to claim it is a 'sleeper.'
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Old 09-18-2017, 08:28 AM
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Squid and Spooky come to mind in the aluminum space. I would love one of the new Spooky Gas Masks. Had a Skeletor a while back and always regret letting that one go.
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Old 09-18-2017, 10:22 AM
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I've been riding my Black Mountain Cycles Monstercross for 2 years now. Love the bike. So versatile.

To me, BMC epitomizes the category of bike frame makers/producers/designers that are somewhat niche, tailored to the enthusiast and relatively low volume.

I've recently looked into purchasing and building up another frame and through here-and-there research, frames like the Rodeo Labs Flaanimal, Endpoint Hunter-Gatherer, Rawland Ravn and Ulv, and Singular.

I'm liking these low-volume, off-the-shelf frames for the discerning bike enthusiast and a not so crazy price.

It would be great to start a discussion about these frames and give spotlight to those producers/manufacturers that deserve it.

I also think it would be great to get a list going of all of the best of the lot.
I couldn't agree more about the Black Mountain Cycles Monster Cross. I have never enjoyed a bike more that this and I've owned literally over a hundred bikes with a few high end frames. Maybe because we live in the S.F. Bay Area with a great mix of terrain to ride we are able to put these frames to good use.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:13 AM
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Not sure how niche Gunnars are, but they fit the characteristics of relatively low volume and for the discerning consumer. Most people will tend to overlook them.
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:25 AM
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Can't decide between a Crust Evasion or Flaanimal 3.0.

Or just keeping tinkering with the BMC MC?
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Old 09-18-2017, 11:27 AM
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Isn't everything outside the Trek/Giant/Specialized level a "sleeper"?
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Old 09-18-2017, 03:15 PM
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Some of these are sleeper, that I've never even heard of them!!

I do like the Singular's though. Nice bikes
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Old 09-18-2017, 06:46 PM
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Not sure how niche Gunnars are, but they fit the characteristics of relatively low volume and for the discerning consumer. Most people will tend to overlook them.
Totally agree. A true bargain for a quality built frame from a trusted company at very reasonable prices.
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Old 10-07-2017, 09:02 PM
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Old 10-08-2017, 01:44 AM
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Some former designers from Genesis started Fairlight, which offers two disk brake frames (one gravel/adventure, one 32c road) both in Reynolds steel. Should be worth a look https://fairlightcycles.com/
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:15 AM
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I likely would not have said this even a couple of years ago, but now I would add Rivendell to the short list. I just purchased a NMUSA Sam Hillborne for winter work. I am really impressed with the ride and versatility. I've been using it on rainy rides, commuting, shopping and escape.
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Old 10-08-2017, 11:52 AM
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Some former designers from Genesis started Fairlight, which offers two disk brake frames (one gravel/adventure, one 32c road) both in Reynolds steel. Should be worth a look https://fairlightcycles.com/
The fairlight Faran looks great but I'm not a fan of the tire clearances. Too small.
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Old 10-08-2017, 12:15 PM
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The fairlight Faran looks great but I'm not a fan of the tire clearances. Too small.
Agreed. There’s is a post on their Instagram of a frame with 33c cross tires, and it should be able to fit a lot of 650b varieties, but clearance for 35c cross tires would be the dream https://www.instagram.com/p/BLYUoRXhxAq/
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