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    Anyone have any experience with the Gravity G29 SS?

    Was looking at this bike for $350 doesn't seem too bad, what do you guys think? I'm cross-shopping this and the Dawes BullsEye 29er.

    I'm open to other suggestions as well.
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    Redline Monocog from your LBS. Or GT Peace.

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    Anyone else?

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    On the way!

    We'll find out soon enough -- I just placed an order for a 21" orange. This is my first bike purchase since about 1990 (when I was 15 years old). I still ride that Raleigh Hybrid (Eclipse CX) but it was definitely time for something new. Clearly I'm a noob, so I won't be able to give you any qualified comparisons, but I'll try to take several pics and post my experiences.

    I decided on the g29 over the Dawes for a few of reasons:
    • I'll be using the bike for mostly paved surfaces, with maybe some light offroad. I don't need the strength or flexibility of steel. I'd rather have the lightness of aluminum. (I'll weigh the fully built bike for comparisons)
    • I have a huge hard-on for disc brakes (well, maybe not -huge-, but... you know...). I know that they're very entry level models, but I don't care. I admit that it's more about cosmetics & the cool factor than the performance.
    • They had it in that bright-ass orange in my size. I was going to be stuck with black if I got the Deadeye, which isn't really my thing.
    • There aren't any other reports of the SS G29er here yet. I'm hoping to be able to be one of the first to try it out.


    I'll post more in a few days when it arrives.


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    17.5" - Orange - on the way

    Yep, it's got the specs I wanted.

    Converting to urban warrior.

    Will change out front chainring for 46 tooth for better gearing.

    Swap out tires for some urban slick fatties (like schwalbe or equiv).

    Pumped.

    Price is right.

    PS The difference I see on disc brake quality is that the cheap ones just have one pad pinch in, this means the disc "bends" a bit during stopping and inevitably squeals a bit. I also have Avid BB7s and both pads pinch in equally.

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    Got my new G29 today!

    Disclaimer: This was my first bike in a very, very long time so I can't really compare it to anything else on the market.

    The box was delivered today (Thursday) after ordering it on the previous Saturday. Not bad. The packaging was still in good condition, and the bike shows no damage from shipping.

    Setup went pretty smooth. I did have to fiddle for a while with the brakes to get them to stop dragging on the discs. This was my first experience with discs, and the supplied instructions helped me get them dialed in. Also, the chain was set very tight. There was no give at all. Zero. I messed with the axle adjuster thingies for a bit, but couldn't figure out how to get them to work. I just took 'em off and reset the wheel a little bit forward.

    Speaking of the adjusters (sorry, can't remember the proper name of those things), I'm not sure if this is normal, but the adjustment bolts were set at an angle. I'll post a picture once I get to 5 posts.

    My first ride went great! This is my first 29er and my first single speed since I had a BMX bike as a child, so I had no idea what to expect. I really, really enjoyed it. The ride was smooth and quiet. It tracked straight and stopped quickly (only a little bit of noise from the brakes). It was geared lower than I expected it would be -- climbing most hills shouldn't be too much of a problem. I could see changing the rear sprocket if you were keep it on pavement most of the time.

    I went with the largest frame, the 21" model in BRIGHT orange. I'm 6' 4" with a 24" inseam and it fits me PERFECT. Really, spot on.

    Complaints? Well, the grips are a bit small for my man-hands. That's about it. Granted, I only have 2 miles on the bike so far!

    If you have any specific questions, post 'em here and I'll answer the best I can.

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    Grats on the bike! I really love orange and I bet it rides awesome.

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    Congrats on the new bike. I have been thinking about one of these for my entry into SS. I already have one of the Gravity front suspension bikes and really enjoy it.

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    "Chaintugs". That what those things are called. I knew I'd remember eventually.

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    Any idea what your 21" weighs?

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    Not yet. I'll try to get out there with the ol' bathroom scale today. UPS stated the shipping weight as 30lbs, but I have a feeling that's a pretty rough number.

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    That is the same shipping weight as my Gravity 29Point1, which on my bathroom scale is less than 30 lbs, and that's ready to ride.

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    Got out for about an hour ride today. Rode on pavement for a while to make sure that everything was safe and ready to go. Nothing rattled, nothing fell off.

    I found some really, really cool areas to ride less than a mile from my house. I had no idea that they existed, as it's the opposite way that I usually travel. Double-track trails through meadows, abandoned gravel pits, creepy lost old cemetery... interesting stuff.

    I'd post a picture, but I still need more posts under my belt.

    Anyway. The bike performed awesomely! I was worried that the aluminum frame would be punishing, and that wasn't the case at all. It was stiff, but very tolerable. I'm new to 29ers -- these things are like billy goats! It rolled over everything. The gears were great for trail riding and climbing. I never wished I could change to a different sprocket. The brakes performed flawlessly and noise-free. The tires were great, too. No issues.

    I'm a very happy guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithe68 View Post
    Any idea what your 21" weighs?
    According to the bathroom scale, it just about exactly 30 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mean Dr. Lily View Post
    According to the bathroom scale, it just about exactly 30 lbs.
    Thanks, seems heavy when my suspended, geared version didn't weigh that much. Going to have to re-weighwhen I get home from work.

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    Well with water bottle/cage, bag on back with spare tube/tools and cages on the pedals, it weighed in at around 34lbs on my crappy bathroom scale, so maybe that 30 lbs is spot on? Steel fork vs suspension fork, plus the gears and the pound or 2 of extra stuff on the bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mean Dr. Lily View Post
    I'm 6' 4" with a 24" inseam and it fits me PERFECT. Really, spot on.
    What are you? A DC comics cartoon?

    Just kidding, I know it's a typo. Congrats on the new ride.
    Just keep pedaling, don't stop pedaling.

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    He's Mr. Incredible duh


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    LOL. I'd look like Hank Hill's dad with a 24" inseam. Let's make that 34".

    Tonight was the firs time that I wish I had a lower gear. But instead of whining, I just stood up and pedaled like a man and got up the hill.

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    Wrong - BB7s only have one moving pad; the other is stationary. They work the same..bending the rotor slightly to contact the inboard pad.
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    I'll look more closely, with glasses on this time :-).

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    Just checking in (and possibly trying to pad my post count so I can finally get some pictures up here).

    Still loving the bike. Been out about 6 times in the last week for short rides, and the bike has performed very, very well. No problems -- nothing has loosened up, nothing is broken, and nothing is making any funny sounds.

    I was thinking about how I dig the tires. Not too noisy or floaty on the pavement, but seem to have good bite in the dirt. I haven't been doing any crazy riding, but on my causal stuff they've held up well.

    Yeah, the bike came in at a hair under 30 lbs. on the bathroom scale. Keep in mind that it's the 21" frame, so it's going to weigh a bit more. For grins and giggles I weighed my other bikes too -- my 1990 Raleigh Eclipse CX (Hybrid) came in at about 35 lbs. My wife's 10 year-old Wal-Mart special with front shocks came in at a staggering 42 lbs! No wonder that thing was so hard to keep moving.

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    Thanks for the update. I am still thinking about getting one of these when I get back from my business trip next weekend. I really like the fit and ride of my other Gravity bike, so I imagine it would be a safe bet that this model would be a good fit as well.

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    Hey, look at that. I finally have 10 posts. Picture time!


    In the wild:


    Hanging in the garage. Remind me to tell you about my free homemade, portable bike stand:


    Chaintugs. Should I be worried about the angle, or is this normal?

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    Looking good! I am guessing you carry everything on your back? What does the other side look like?

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    What do I need to carry? I added a water bottle cage, so I just go out with a single bottle and my phone in my pocket. I don't go too far that I can't walk back home.

    I have been thinking about adding a small seat post bag for a multi-tool.

    Oh, and one of those sweet-ass flask holders from Surly is on my Xmas list.

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    Until I looked again I didn't see the bottle cage and I was thinking tools, spare tube etc. Going to have search for the flask deal, don't know what you are talking about.

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    Took the plunge, ordered an orange 21"this morning.

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    Awesome! Let me know what you think.

    Here' the flask & holder: Surly Bike Flask & Spaceman Cage | Cool Material


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    Looks cool! Cro-mo or aluminum?

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    Aluminum with cro-mo fork.

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    I will and that flask is awesome, I should order one and throw some irish whiskey in it, then throw my Trek coffee cup that fits in a bottle cage in the other for a nice cold weather drink!

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    Im either gonna buy this or the dead eye. im jus curious if the frame would hold up to moderate offroading.

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    I can't compare the two, but the G29 seems to be very solid. I'm guessing that you'd have to take some pretty dramatic drops to do any real damage. *shrug* I'm 250 lbs, and I've been pretty hard on it. So far everything has held up well, but I haven't done any downhill stuff on it yet -- just trail riding.

    That said, it's an entry-level rigid hard-tail. It'll break eventually. I'd assume that it's just as strong as the Deadeye, but the DE is probably a little less punishing. Then again, the DE's frame is pretty thick/stout, so I can't imagine that it flexes too much.

    I went with the Gravity because it was aluminum (couple of pounds lighter), has disc brakes (not sure if they're any better), has a quick-release seat post, and it came in orange.

    I think you'd be happy with either bike.

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    For what it is worth, I have the geared Gravity 29Point1. It has the same geometry and, I suspect, same build quality. It has held up to more than just light trails, I have bombed down some pretty intense, rocky hills and other crap with no issues. Friday I will have my SS and will compare them as best I can plus take it out on it's maiden ride.

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    Cool, thanks for the info guys. Ill prolly be getting mine in a week or so then.

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    ok so i decided to check out gravity's website and noticed that the g29 isnt on the site? and they have no phone number in their contact info, only an email link and ive tried to email them a few times and it keeps saying the link is invalid. whats the dealio?? im not comfortable with buying a bike from a company that has no customer service.

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    Did you go to bikesdirect? That's where you need to go. Here is the link, they have the bikes in stock, Save up to 60% off new Mountain Bikes - MTB - Gravity 29Point1 29er Mountain Bikes

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    Yeah thats where i originally found the bike. i jus went to gravitys site to see warranty info and ask questions about the bike, but i was gonna buy from bikesdirect. i just sent an email to bikes direct with the questions tho.

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    Gravity isn't really a bicycle company like you normally think of (like Trek), its just a name that the fellow who owns Bikesdirect.com, Bikeisland.com, and Cycle Spectrum bicycle shops uses for what amounts to his house-brand bikes. Motobecane, Windsor, and Dawes are others he owns. These are no different that Performance's house brand, Access or REI's house brand, Novara. It is however a bit deceptive that he has separate web sites for each of these brands and is really done (all in my opinion of course!) to give the consumer the feeling that they are buying a bike from a "brick and mortar" bicycle company like Trek etc. Nothing wrong with these bikes, this one in particular looks like a killer deal!
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    Ok thanks for the clarification.

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    Tire spacing

    I was eyeballing the G29 as a commuter. I want to use something a little fatter like Schwable Big Apple 2.35. Is there enough clearance from what you can see? That would seal the deal on this bike for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbeechan View Post
    I was eyeballing the G29 as a commuter. I want to use something a little fatter like Schwable Big Apple 2.35. Is there enough clearance from what you can see? That would seal the deal on this bike for me.
    I will look tomorrow when I get home from my business trip, bike should be delivered tomorrow afternoon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattbeechan View Post
    I was eyeballing the G29 as a commuter. I want to use something a little fatter like Schwable Big Apple 2.35. Is there enough clearance from what you can see? That would seal the deal on this bike for me.
    AWESOME... glad I came across this... I was also just wondering about how wide of tires this could fit... I need a cheap snow bike

    I would also very, very much appreciate it if you could measure the fork and the seat stay area between the tires... pleeeeaaasseee?????

    Thanks.

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    Fork: approx 3 3/8"
    Seat stay: 3"+, rear wheel was already mounted, too lazy to take it off.
    Chain stay: approx 3", once again, don't want to unbolt the wheel


    Just an added note, my seat post is short, almost too short. The one on my 29Point1 is about 4" longer, just an excuse to get a carbon fiber seat post, already replaced the handle bar with a little wider carbon fiber one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Wrong - BB7s only have one moving pad; the other is stationary. They work the same..bending the rotor slightly to contact the inboard pad.
    Checked. They do move independently.

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    Got it! Love it! Changed rear cog to 13 so now its a great commuter. Soon upgrading to schwables. Something big fat and puncture proof.

    Rear chain tugs blow. Anyone have replacement tug recommendations?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithe68 View Post
    Fork: approx 3 3/8"
    Seat stay: 3"+, rear wheel was already mounted, too lazy to take it off.
    Chain stay: approx 3", once again, don't want to unbolt the wheel
    Thanks so much!

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Thanks so much!
    Glad I could help. Maiden voyage this afternoon after drill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mean Dr. Lily View Post
    I went with the Gravity because it was aluminum (couple of pounds lighter), has disc brakes (not sure if they're any better), has a quick-release seat post, and it came in orange.

    Any update on how or what you like/dislike about the bike. I would like to purchase one as a commuter in the winter and a trail rider in the summer.

    Thanks for your posts,

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