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    First 29er SS advice needed.

    So i have been bit by the bug!!!! yep it took about 3 rides to get used to my 26" SS that i threw together and im in love!! something about SS is awsome. So now i figure what the hell i like SS as my under 2 hour bike. Might as well threw big wheels in there as well. So 29er SS is what im looking for. But i cant decide. been looking at the
    Specialized rockhoper SS
    http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...enuItemId=9253
    Cannondale trail 29 SS
    http://www3.cannondale.com/bikes/10/...el-0FS295.html
    Fisher Rig
    http://www.fisherbikes.com/bike/model/rig-single-speed
    I would like to keep it under the price of the rig but i hear fishers g2 is worth a little extra coin. I would like it to have a front squishy unless it saves alot of money, So please help me spend my money on the right thing. Want to get this right the first time.

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    Out of those three, I'd go with the Specy or the Rig....but I love my Haro Mary SS Rigid. Can always throw a Reba or Tora on it later. For rough trails the front squishy with a lockout would be the way to go. How do they feel to you when you test rode them?
    Get off the couch and ride!

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    Specialized or Rig. Sorta think SS should be built up in any case. Mine, which is my only mtb is prolly worth ~300. Awww crap. Get a Monocog, ride the crap out of it and upgrade as needed.

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    The rig has the best gear, but the specialized is the only steel bike of the 3. I'd be wary of an AL SS (note, I ride one!) unless you've test ridden and know you can take the pounding.

    That sounded wrong....

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    The Rockhopper is not steel - it is M4 Alloy (Aluminum with some addititives...) An M4 frame is going to be as stiff as basically any other Aluminum frame. The only "Aluminum" that might be a bit more forgiving is a Scandium-alloyed frame - the material has properties bit more like steel, so it can be drawn thinner than normal Alu and still be strong enough - the thinner material allows a bit more flex. Ride a bunch of bikes. I have a Raleigh XXIX, but try the Haro Mary and the Redline Monocog (The Monocog Flight is Alu frame)The Redline's a bit stiff, IMO but a nice bike that is a good value. The Mary is a bit more $$ but spec'd nicely, and the XXIX was what I went with. Get the bike that feels the best to you. Jamis, Kona and a few other full-line companies are carrying steel 29" SS in their line now. Set your max budget, ride what falls within that limit and get the one you like the feel of the best. The parts are all similar enough that you won't feel much difference and you'll probably change and upgrade as things wear out. Have a blast!
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    I have the 2009 Rockhopper SS. I got a great end-of-season deal on it and I like it a lot; I've been riding it almost every day for 5-6 weeks. I have had some trouble with vibration from the brakes but I see they have upgraded them for the 2010 year, which hopefully will solve the problem. I put a Racing Ralph 2.4 on the front, which improved the ride quality considerably. The other thing I find annoying is that it has only one water bottle holder.

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    The Monocog Flights are Sanko steel, have been since 07.
    The only regrets in life, are the risks you didn't take.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mo0se
    The Monocog Flights are Sanko steel, have been since 07.
    Yep and steel is real....rides better than aluminum. Raleigh XXIX felt real nice and comfy geometry when I test rode it too.
    Get off the couch and ride!

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    I really like my Vassago.

    www.vassagocycles.com

    You'll never regret going 29..

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    Im very happy with my XXIX. Changed a few things here and there over time but overall its been an awesome ride. I pulled off the little raleigh sticker and everyone thinks itsa custom frame. Steel is real. Happy shoppin.

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    i went with the rig over the rockhopper, it's alot more bike for the money.

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    Don't think about how much bike you can get for the money, think about how much frame you can get for the money. Everything else can be changed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Diesel
    Don't think about how much bike you can get for the money, think about how much frame you can get for the money. Everything else can be changed.
    true, but the fork that comes on the rig is worth as much as either frame, if not more. to me, that's just as important.

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    True i forgot about the fork! I ride rigid so i forgot about forks all together.

    Less is more!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Diesel
    True i forgot about the fork! I ride rigid so i forgot about forks all together.

    Less is more!
    not when all you ride is chunky loose sharp rocks. travel is more.
    i see enough of my friends suffer on short travel or rigid forks, i love my 100mm!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ISuckAtRiding
    not when all you ride is chunky loose sharp rocks. travel is more.
    i see enough of my friends suffer on short travel or rigid forks, i love my 100mm!
    Hah, i live in Houston so my 100mm fork bike is in the shed lol.

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    Ooops! Saw "alloy" and immediately though steel.

    My wife's bike is a unit 26" and is awesome. Its my old bike actually. I'm sure the 29" version is awesomer. And the dough saved gives you plenty of $$ for a fox fork.

    Quote Originally Posted by ATBScott
    The Rockhopper is not steel - it is M4 Alloy (Aluminum with some addititives...) An M4 frame is going to be as stiff as basically any other Aluminum frame. The only "Aluminum" that might be a bit more forgiving is a Scandium-alloyed frame - the material has properties bit more like steel, so it can be drawn thinner than normal Alu and still be strong enough - the thinner material allows a bit more flex. Ride a bunch of bikes. I have a Raleigh XXIX, but try the Haro Mary and the Redline Monocog (The Monocog Flight is Alu frame)The Redline's a bit stiff, IMO but a nice bike that is a good value. The Mary is a bit more $$ but spec'd nicely, and the XXIX was what I went with. Get the bike that feels the best to you. Jamis, Kona and a few other full-line companies are carrying steel 29" SS in their line now. Set your max budget, ride what falls within that limit and get the one you like the feel of the best. The parts are all similar enough that you won't feel much difference and you'll probably change and upgrade as things wear out. Have a blast!

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