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    Monocog Flight vs Karate Monkey

    I am looking to buy my first single speed and have narrowed my choice down to either the monocog flight or the karate monkey. I would like to get some input on the pros and cons of each by people who have ridden them.

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    would you buy the complete bike or just frame and fork? i like the KM for versatility but the Cog for the price . I'm leaning toward the Cog
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    I've been looking at complete bikes. I've been leaning towards the monocog too because I have a local redline deale where as I would have to mail order a surly

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    then i would say go with the mono cog. you would be supporting your LBS and they would probably throw ins some free services
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    Yea, the monocog seems to be a good choice there. I actually drove 90 mins each way to go buy my monocog and it was so worth it =D

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    I have had both. Had an 07 Monocog Flight and went to an 08 Karate Monkey. Both great bikes - let me say that up front. I had several goals behind my move to the KM, notably I'd wanted one in a bad way for a long time (can't deny appeal), but more importantly, it's a bit more versatile out of the box and I had room to run bigger meats. The Flight was lighter and a little racier - and it rode very well.

    I personally don't think you could go wrong either way - but if you've got a Redline dealer close buy and are looking to go complete - it's hard to be a Flight.
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    Ditto on the Flight... it is one of the nicest handling bikes I've ever ridden. You won't be disappointed.

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    Flight

    i have never rode a karate monkey but they look cool. i own a monocog flight and must say it rocks! i agree with the support of LBS and the fact they are redline dealer. the new color is awesome too. chocolate with some orange or yellow parts would be great stuff. i have a blue one with green chris king headset, salsa seat clamp, crank brother acids, and ergon grips. a lot of fun

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    what are you running up front on the monocogue?

    i changed my stock steel fork out for the a 07 reba sl at 80mils but the handling/steering seems to have suffered w/ the intro of suspension, i think it's due somewhat to fork dive,and i've messed around w/ the pressure settings but still not as confident in the bikes handling as i was when it was the stock fork. but the redline fork seems to be quite harsh.

    i've thought about some different fixes such as a carbon fork, going back to the rigid steel fork w/ bigger tires, running tubeless at lower pressure and all.

    does anyone know of a suspension fork that really complements the monocogue flights geo?

    thx,

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    The old Rebas used a 38mm offset and the stock rigid fork is 470mm AC and 47mm of offset.

    So to get suspension and similar feel/trail on your RL Flight - try and find a 2009 or newer Reba fork, or possibly a 2008 or newer Manitou Minute or Fox Fork. Those would all have greater offsets than the 2008 and older Rebas.

    Hope that helps.

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    I too am interested in the Monocog Flight. I do have to admit, the price is very appealing.

    But now what size is correct. Using conventional 26" geometry, I should be looking at a 17". But I have a hard time with the standover height behing higher than my inseam.

    I'm 5'6.5-ish with an average build. I ride a 17" Cannondale Rush. And I enjoy the roominess of the 17". But wonder if the 15" on the Flight 29 would be a better fit for me. I have money down to place the order tomorrow...the default size being 15".

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    +1 redline.

    Quote Originally Posted by john_boy
    I am looking to buy my first single speed and have narrowed my choice down to either the monocog flight or the karate monkey. I would like to get some input on the pros and cons of each by people who have ridden them.

    to the OP: john boy, well, what did you end up doing? I'm on the edge on my seat...


    I hope you went flight, the KM was one of the first mass produced 29ers and doesnt seemed to have changed much, and i for one dont like the super short wheel base with the bent seat tube. thing manuals too easy imo. ive owned 2 monocogs and both were great!
    2 of my friends currently ride monocogs and love em. both bought redlines as a secondary cheap mtb and now they ride the monocogs more than their more expensive bikes!
    no chain no gain.

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    I have pretty much decided to go with the flight, but due to my own personal economic downturn (Laid off), it will have to wait until i can find a new job. Thanks for al the help and advice.

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    Happy Cog owner here.

    +1 Monocog

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