For several reasons this thread is no longer just about Full Suspension bikes. First is that decent FS frames start at $1000. Second is that FS frames with the suspension behind the triangle typically aren't very strong or stable. Third is that full suspension bikes aren't very good for carry racks and cargo, which kinda puts them in the "weekend fun" category rather than the "car replacement" category.
I've started to include frames that can have LARGE 2.5"+ tires in the rear. Because of this I've changed the name of the thread. However feel free to post what ever frames you like.
This is an expansion of the thread I had about soft tail bikes. I've also discovered full suspension bikes with the rear spring/shock behind the frame.
It turns out the solo one is a bad choice. It does have disc brake mounts, but no fender eyelets, braze ons for racks, or derailleur hanger.Hey what do you all think about "soft tail" suspension systems?
It seems like it would be simple, light, and cheap.
Obviously not good for trail riding, but the 1 inch of play might be good enough for handling pot holes at +20 mph.
The moots ybb is made of titanium and costs as much as a small car.
The salsa dos niner is only$1000.
The KHS solo one was available as a soft tail in 2005 for $600. Chromoly too. I wish they still made it!
The cheapest I've found is a Schwinn midtown for $300 through costco.
The frame geometry doesn't look good for mounting batteries.
In sumnation scour ebay and craigslist for khs solo one.
I would suggest the other bikes on in there 2005 soft tail line up. Especially the police bike. (good luck finding it).
The gt lts-5:
1995-1994 Specialized stumpjumper fsr
What other bikes have the suspension behind the frame? There must be a lot from that period.