List of steel gravel bike frames with flat mount for disc brakes?
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    List of steel gravel bike frames with flat mount for disc brakes?

    So I'm starting to look for a new do it all bike and want to try the 650b thing.

    I was getting pretty into the All City Gorilla Monsoon until I seen that it's 1x only. While I'm not opposed to 1x, I'm still firmly planted in 2x camp. I'm not buying a frame where 2x isn't an option. Also I've noticed that a lot of steel frames haven't adopted flat mount. I'd kinda like to be future proof on that front as well.

    What else should I be looking at?

    Ideal checklist has:
    Steel Frame
    650b wheels
    2x drive train
    Flat mount brakes
    Thru axle not QR

    I like to build my own, but I'm okay with off the shelf if the price is right too.

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    Niner RLT9 is one choice I know well that checks all those boxes. You can find an Ebay frame and build it on the cheap or buy a complete one and modify to meet your needs. People sell them often low mileage because they don't like the added weight of steal I think (a few lbs)

    There's quite a few brands have something that checks all those boxes though, except maybe the 650b which most will be capable of but won't come with that.

    If it were me I would have hydraulic disc brakes not mechanical on the list too.
    Gravel Rocks

    Trek Domane
    Niner RLT9 (Gravel Bike)
    Trek Crockett

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    Check out Fairdale bikes. Nice frames for the money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Srode View Post
    Niner RLT9 is one choice I know well that checks all those boxes. You can find an Ebay frame and build it on the cheap or buy a complete one and modify to meet your needs. People sell them often low mileage because they don't like the added weight of steal I think (a few lbs)

    There's quite a few brands have something that checks all those boxes though, except maybe the 650b which most will be capable of but won't come with that.

    If it were me I would have hydraulic disc brakes not mechanical on the list too.
    That Niner is nice! It checked all the boxes but 650b. I'd just have to stuff a set on and see what happens. I could do that on my Raleigh Furly as well, I'd just have to find the BB height.

    I'm all about those hydraulic brakes now that I can afford them. Thus my search. The hybrid cable/Hydraulic set ups are just too clunky for my taste. That and I actually like the look of flat mount calipers, It looks nicer that the old mechanical stuff IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frdfandc View Post
    Check out Fairdale bikes. Nice frames for the money.
    And even better when you can get them at wholesale! Fairdale makes nice stuff. I used to know a messenger that was testing one of their early bikes. I though it was pretty nice for urban work.

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    Specialized Sequoia

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackSquirrel View Post
    Specialized Sequoia
    I kinda forgot about Specialized, that's a nice bike too. The 9 speed model is very affordable. A good upgrade platform.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocostove View Post
    I kinda forgot about Specialized, that's a nice bike too. The 9 speed model is very affordable. A good upgrade platform.
    I agree. Specialized was offering a HUGE discount on the base model black ones, not sure if they still are.

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    Gunnar Hyper XF.

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