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    29er Singlespeed Shootout

    Okay, searched around a bit and didn't find the information I wanted, so . . .

    List what your favorite 29er Singlespeed is and why. I'm looking to buy one here in the next month and would like to see what everyone is riding. Don't worry about price, components, or anything. Just state what you like/dislike about your rig, or ones you've rode. Any information is good information.

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    orly?

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    I have a Kent Eriksen custom ti frame that I love to death, but I got tired of swapping parts to ss and geared so I go a Van Dessel Rambel Tamble. I have had it now for 8 months or so and love it not to much flex and it rides pretty good for haveing a ridged fork on it aslwell. I am 6'3" and 330 I blam the Sam adams beer for the 30lbs I picked up.

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    I have a Haro Mary SS. The bars it come with are great never thought I would like riding kooky bars but I do (on one mary bars). Sometimes riding rigid can be a little tuff in AZ but I deal with it since I rather put the money into my CX. The steel frame has a smooth ride coupled with the 29ers it bearable. I think the only thing I really would change on mine is the mech brakes to hydro I am always having to have them adjusted.

    Here's a pic of the Mary being abused by my huge rump.
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    What I am looking for is the best 29er Single Speed under $1500.

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    i don't ride SS (yet... going to give it a go here soon)... however I do ride a karate monkey... I LOVE it... it's also very versitle, V's or disc, geary or SS... has nice short stays also...

    but there are a lot of other options... take a look around... $1500 should buy/build you a sweet SS
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    That $1500 cap will get you a Haro Mary SS and leave you lots of change for your other vices. The Mary was the bike that got me back into riding after a break of a couple of years. It does everything pretty well, is specced and built nicely and handles as well as bikes that cost much more.

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    Lot's of bigger dudes love the Inbred 29'er, Niner SIR and the Redline Monocogs.

    Assuming you build it from the frame up... other great "clyde" ss parts are:
    Profile Racing/Eastern/FSA BMX/3 piece cranks. Stiff as a porn shoot and WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more chainline adjustments than any other crank out there and the BB bearings last a good long time too. Use a Profile Imperial chainwheel (colors and sizes galore!)
    Halo Freedom or Kris Holmes rims.
    Steel Rigid forks, RS Tora's and any T/A Fork (Minute or Reba or WB) are all loved by big 29er riders.
    I really like Ergon grips on a bar with 11 degrees or so, of sweep (Surly Torsion, ECHO trials, On One Fleegal, and Salsa). Absolutely NO numb hands for the first time ever in my 16 years of riding.
    Profile Racing, Hope, King, DT, Shimano... for hubs pick your poison... (I like DT...)

    I don't think you could go wrong with anything listed in this thread/post.
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    I have a Redline Monocog Flight and I love it. I did have to forgo the SS though because of the trails in Central Florida. We have some trails that are very flat, some trails with short steep hills, and alot of trails that are a combination. I just couldn't get an SS ratio I was happy with. So I'm finishing up a 1x9 conversion on it now. I like the rigid though and am in no hurry to put a fork on it (and we have some pretty big roots to roll over down here)

    The only bad thing about the Flight is based on pics in mags, the 09's have rim brakes instead of disks now, and I doubt the price went down. If that really is the case, I would find a different bike that comes with disks.
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    Haro Mary here but outside of the frame, everything is aftermarket or upgraded. I'm well past the $1500 mark with all the parts. My brother has a motobecane outcast and loves it but it too is loaded with aftermarket and upgraded parts. One of the guys we ride with has a redline monocog which has held up well and he really likes it.

    IMO it's not the frame or components that makes or breaks a 29 SS for a clyde, it's the wheels... I've got chub hubs with gordo wheels (not budget friendly) but they are AWESOME!!!

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    Does anyone know anything about the Spicer frames?

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    Spicer makes some Custom frames (alu and steel) his Ti are made in China by XCAD (or something like that.) Used to be pretty popular on the boards.
    If you are looking at Spicer then look at Tom Teasdale (he built high end Kona's and Fishers (Pre-Trek), and many other CLASSIC steel frames for other companies...
    http://www.tetcycles.com/Specials/specials.html
    That price isn't too shabby...
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    These are pretty sweet frames as well.
    http://vassagocycles.com/jabberwocky.html

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    Karate Monkey

    My vote goes out to the "new" for this year $1200 Karate Monkey complete ss, easily available through any shop with QBP account...Even if the frame has been avail. for many years....it still is one of the best designs out there w/ the curved seat tube which allow 17 inch chainstays.....Just beware of the "too short" stems incl. in the build cause of the bars which angle back 15 degrees and require a longer that ussual stem...almost every other part is surly ,salsa, wtb , avid BB7...Really check it out !!!!!!

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    Vassago, in demonology, is a mighty Prince of Hell (see Hierarchy of demons), ruling over twenty-six legions of demons.

    Looks like that is what I am buying. Snufflelupagus Orange here I come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steel-s-real
    My vote goes out to the "new" for this year $1200 Karate Monkey complete ss, easily available through any shop with QBP account...Even if the frame has been avail. for many years....it still is one of the best designs out there w/ the curved seat tube which allow 17 inch chainstays.....Just beware of the "too short" stems incl. in the build cause of the bars which angle back 15 degrees and require a longer that ussual stem...almost every other part is surly ,salsa, wtb , avid BB7...Really check it out !!!!!!
    The complete KM costs a few hundred more than most of the other 4130-frame SS bikes out there (Hary Mary, Kona Unit, GT Peace 9r, Redline Monocog, etc). What do you think makes it worth the extra coin? The geometry? The components? Also, l believe the wheels are Surly hubs with Salsa Delgado rims. How do those wheels rate for clyde-worthiness? Thanks.

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    Anybody know anything about the IRO Model 19?
    http://www.irocycle.com/index.asp?Pa...ROD&ProdID=156

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    Check out the se stout $500.00 29er ss

    Im 6ft 350 and I have mine for over a year tough bike rides like a dream !!!
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