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June 14, 2022, 6:03 a.m. -  Andrew Major

Hadn’t thought to include that, but yes the whole frame is original. In **[2014 the 750 MSL](** used an alloy rear triangle and in my experience they’re way more resilient that the plastic-fantastic ones. Suffice it to say that along with external rear brake routing I think it’s a brilliantly practical layout.  Aluminum was, and probably still is a more durable and crash resistant material in multi pivot rear ends, it’s plenty stiff, cheaper to replace, and it makes a better wear resistant surface for the bushing interfaces. Based on some Horst Link Specialized frames I’ve played with the aluminum isn’t really heavier either. I actually should have mentioned there were full aluminum versions of these rigs too. I still see lots of those on the trail.  ——— I don’t think I was unfair in creating a very specific set of circumstances where I’d write about these bikes. I think it’s important to front load conversations with buyer beware warnings just given how many dusted rigs I’ve seen.  For folks that can find a good one - for the right price - has the potential to be great. But stay on top of the pivots!

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