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    Monocog

    I cannot say how pleased I've been with this bike for the past two years (08 model). It was actually supposed to have been an intro 29er bike that I'd keep for a few months. Everytime I think to myself, "I should build up a nice SS frame (Jabberwocky, Niner, etc), I go for a ride and that idea is immediately thrown out. It's taken everything I've dared to throw at it--rocks, dirt, mud, curbs, etc. Always gets the job done.

    Everything is stock, except the brakes (XTR v brakes) and grips, and I plan to keep it all stock, including the fork. (I like the BMX look). Only plans for upgrade is the headset and bottom bracket.

    Not sure why I love this bike so much. Simplicity? Durability? What ever it is, it has earned its permenant spot in my stable. (no pics, because it's pretty much stock).

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    Amen brother. I had a "come to Jesus" ride yesterday that was just AWESOME on this bike. I love it. I have upgraded the headset (Cane Creek S3), grips (Ourys), brakes (Avid BB7 w/SD7 levers) as well as the BB (UN54) and an old Race Face crank I had lying around. I love this thing and people can't believe how fast/nimble I am on a 30lb 29er rigid! I am so commited to this bike that I sold my full-XTR geared 26er this weekend so the 'Cog is my only mountain bike. The geo on it seems to be just right for whatever reason. Even the stock RL seat is comfy!
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    I've only had mine out twice since I got it over the weekend; But I can already tell this is going to be my "go to" bike. I can't figure it out either, but something about the simplicity of it. It's not slathered in flashy colors or big name brands; I really like the minimalist approach and feel of it. Here's a +1 for Monocog.
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    Amen!

    What is it about this bike? I had one, sold it, bought an Inbred (very nice bike), missed my Cog so much I sold the Inbred and was able (after a long search) to find another doo-doo brown cog. I think Redline nailed the geometry, it just "feels right". I paid 1/3 of what I paid for the Inbred and could not be happier. I picked it up for $250 with disk brakes. I'm running it with a Thudbuster, BB5s, Mary Bar, Oury grips, and Wellgo B 67 flats (big and grippy), everything else is stock. I ride with a buddy who has a $2,000 Lynsky and has had nothing but mechanical problems and issues with the dropouts (he just sent it back to Lynsky). I love my Cog more and more every time I ride it!

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    I guess the only thing I'm not too fond of on the bike is the color (graphics 2008). I wish they would've kept the same graphics as the "doo doo" brown and green colors. Oh, well. Maybe one day, I'll strip it down and repaint.

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    I am having a hard to building up my Misfit Dissent (Fe) cause I love the simplicity, low cost, and fun factor on the Monocog. I think about selling that frame everyday and just putting the parts on the Cog but figure I already it I might as well build it.

    What to do?

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    Dropout, I LOVE the Monocog, but as they say, two bikes are better than one.

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    Can you build it up as a 1x9? A little variety is a good thing.

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    Yes, you can. All you need is a gear plug, cassette, shifter/derailleur, rear wheel, cable stops. However, people have said it's a pain to get it set up right. And even then, it won't always work properly. Unless you NEED to do this, I'd leave it alone. Monocog + Gears = "You're out of your element, Donny!"

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    Ditto on the doo doo brown..that is the one I have and it looks MONEY!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo
    Ditto on the doo doo brown..that is the one I have and it looks MONEY!
    Ditto on the ditto,my favorite color on em (sure wish I'd bought one )
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    We should start a " Post your doo doo brown monocog" thread. I'm trying to find some accent colors/components that will look good on it. So far I have a red chain and red grips. What colors would you guys go with?
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    For some reason I can't upload my picts. They may be too large? I have mine set up with a red BBG bashguard, white chain, white pedals, red brake levers, and white Oury grips. I think it looks pretty sick. I'm also rockin' a Roach top tube pad, for nothing else than a little nostalgia factor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by adamfss
    For some reason I can't upload my picts. They may be too large? I have mine set up with a red BBG bashguard, white chain, white pedals, red brake levers, and white Oury grips. I think it looks pretty sick. I'm also rockin' a Roach top tube pad, for nothing else than a little nostalgia factor.
    Hey I have one of those top tube pads too! Man, I'd like to see what yours looks like; I hope you get the pics to work.
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    I'll try again later. If I can't get it to upload here, I could sent it to you as an attachment.

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    adamfss - It's super easy to post pics. Just set up a free account at photobucket.com. Load your pics there, then post the IMG link here.

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    Picts...I hope

    Bear with me on this. I'm a little technologically challenged. If it works, I'd like to thank my tech support specialist P Nut!



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    Looks great!!

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    FN'A that look killer. I'll post mine up when I get a new pic.
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    Here's mine

    In all it's doo-doo brown, heavy as a tank glory!
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    Getting some Hayes disc brakes put on today King headset, Thompson stem, WTB saddle, Specialized ergo grips, Shimano 520's and a bell!
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    Sweeeeet!
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    P nut you summed up exactly how I feel about my 08 Cog. Mine weighs in 27 lbs and floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo
    Ditto on the doo doo brown..that is the one I have and it looks MONEY!
    I have the 06 green, but a friend got 07 brown, which has been dubbed the " SCREAMIN TURD"
    if you don't feel like riding, that's usually when you need it most

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    I miss my Cog :-(

    Perhaps I'll take my piggy bank to the Coinstar and use that to buy another one. Haha!
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