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    Been thinking about a GF rig

    Hey guys, I've been thinking about trying a GF rig on for size, but the whole SS thing has me a little intimidated. I tried riding my current geared ride in the same gears 32-20 on my local trail and found that it totally kicked my a$$ and was left wondering if a SS would be a bad choice for me. Or if any of you had a similar experience the first time you rode a SS. Any help would be Great, Advice, Comments?

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    A SS 29er is, in my opinion, a little easier to get used to, because you get better rolling resistance, and you'd have to put in less effort than on a 26er. So the Rig may not be so bad for you (assuming you're coming off of a 26er). check the classifieds, I believe there's a really sweet deal on one right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gee7879
    Hey guys, I've been thinking about trying a GF rig on for size, but the whole SS thing has me a little intimidated. I tried riding my current geared ride in the same gears 32-20 on my local trail and found that it totally kicked my a$$ and was left wondering if a SS would be a bad choice for me. Or if any of you had a similar experience the first time you rode a SS. Any help would be Great, Advice, Comments?
    I 'rescued' my GF Rig 29er SS from E-Bay it's an 06 for $700....LUV IT!!!

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    go for it, SS is so much fun, and the rig is an awesome bike

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    I thought the same thing when trying it on my geared bike. Then I purchased a Redline Monocog 29er SS. It was easier than I expected and very addicting. Don't get me wrong you have to be in shape, but it's nowhere near as tough as I expected. I now have a Jabber on the way for the SS duty.

    The cool thing about the 08 & 09 rig is the frame is already setup to run gears also.

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    I love my Rig

    Craigs list under $900 for a 08. The bike is awesome.

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    My current ride is an 06 GF sugar 292 29er. I like it. Has anyone rode an 09 rig, what do ya think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gee7879
    Hey guys, I've been thinking about trying a GF rig on for size, but the whole SS thing has me a little intimidated. I tried riding my current geared ride in the same gears 32-20 on my local trail and found that it totally kicked my a$$ and was left wondering if a SS would be a bad choice for me. Or if any of you had a similar experience the first time you rode a SS. Any help would be Great, Advice, Comments?
    We've all been where you're at. I bought a '07 Rig *cheap* from a friend who was moving just so I could try the 29er thing. Not only did I love the big wheels, the SS bug bit me too.

    Like you I was seriously wondering if the SS thing was more than I could handle. At first it seemed like I was walking more than riding. There were hills I swore I'd never be able to climb on a SS. I was seriously trashed after even short rides. But, I enjoyed the characteristics of single speeds (the lack of drive train noise was #1 for me) that we talk about up here so I promised myself I'd give her a month.

    A few weeks later it all started to come together. I re-learned how to stand while climbing (I almost always sat while climbing on my Turner 5-spot), learned to carry my momentum better into the climbs, etc. At the end of the month, I was averaging 1-1.5 mph faster on my typical loops on the SS than I was on the 5-spot.

    Since, I rode the Turner one more time, didn't like it, and took the higher end parts off of it to build/fund a SIR9. It is now just a frame in sitting sadly in the basement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gee7879
    Hey guys, I've been thinking about trying a GF rig on for size, but the whole SS thing has me a little intimidated. I tried riding my current geared ride in the same gears 32-20 on my local trail and found that it totally kicked my a$$ and was left wondering if a SS would be a bad choice for me. Or if any of you had a similar experience the first time you rode a SS. Any help would be Great, Advice, Comments?
    I did the same thing and had the same thoughts at first. I rode my geared bike in one gear to see what a SS was like. I did'nt like it. I purchased a Jabberwocky anyway and found it to be alot better. A dedicated SS drivetrain is much more efficient than a geared bike in one gear. I feel like I am getting much stronger from SSing. I did have to completely alter my climbing style. Try different gears also.

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    Thanks for all the help guys I think as soon as I get a few extra bones together (and convince my wife I need another mountain bike) I'm going to go for it, it might be late spring but I see a GF rig in my future.

    Any recommendations on the sizing I've had one guy tell me to go with the smallest frame I am comfortable on, Then another guy told me on a GF go with the largest frame your comfortable on. Any Advice? My current bike is a 19 or 19.5, fits me just right as far as I can tell.

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    If your comfortable on your current bike, then go with which ever size frame that has the closest top tube measurement to what your currently riding.

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    I rode a medium Sugar 293 and felt comfortable, I now own a large 2009 Rig. Like nitrous said, check the TT measurement, but better yet, ride one.

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    I'm 6'4" 205 and my 293 is a Large and my Rig is an XL. Both fit perfect for the type of ride they are and provide. YMMV

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    I'm 6' with 32" inseam and I have had 4 19" (Large) Fishers. I also have had a 19" Redline Monocog 29 that fit well too. They all fit me well. All of them have been in the 24.5-24.9" Top Tube measurement range. If that helps you any.

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