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    Which SS to buy?

    New to SS riding. I currently ride Cannondale FS & HT XL's (6'-2" 185 lbs). Looking for recommendations on which SS to buy for riding in Southern California. Thanks!

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    Lot's of good choices out there, I recently picked up a Specialized Carve SL SS and it's been a blast. Very affordable as a base and room for upgrades. there's a couple threads on here about them.

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    Try a monkey, I am similar size/weight and love mine in XL.

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    My favorite so far is the Spec Stumpjumper Carbon.

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    I have owned several SS's Raleigh XXIX, Karate Monkey, Gary Fisher Rig, and Voo Doo Dambala, as well a few 26" SS bikes; my current SS is a Cannondale Trail 29er 3SS. It is by far the best of these IMO. Granted I do have higher end wheels & fork than I have ever owned on a SS; but the SAVE rear is legit (not a gimmick). Climbs better than any other. Was never a weight weenie, but am now a believer that it makes a difference in SS climbing. Depending on your budget, I'd definitely upgrade to a carbon fork & tubeless wheels if you have the means. Talked a buddy into trying this bike with similar set-up, he is your 6'3" 235ish & loves it. Hasn't ridden is geared Niner since.

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    Convert your HT to see if you like SS.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Build something. Ridiculously easy and IMO, I get a lot more satisfaction riding a bike I built.

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    If you are an XL, there are some crazy good deals on closeout Niner frames. A great way to go.

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    Which SS to buy?

    Surly karate monkey all day.

    No matter what your build spec is you will love it. Just get that tuggnut for the chain.




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    I've been real happy with my Santa Cruz Highball...

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    Rigid.

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    What kind of budget do you have? Do you want HT or rigid? Where in So Cal are you?

    M-S

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    Thanks for the feedback!

    @Clobber that was my first choice, no more XL's available. Will check out the Niner's.

    @perttime like that idea, probably most economical way to go.

    @michaelscott $1,500 budget, Hurkey Crk, Vail Lake, Big Bear, etc.

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    Which SS to buy?

    Quote Originally Posted by rideorange525 View Post
    Lot's of good choices out there, I recently picked up a Specialized Carve SL SS and it's been a blast. Very affordable as a base and room for upgrades. there's a couple threads on here about them.
    All depending on budgets...

    But I just got a carve xxl, and am upgrading already. It is a great starting point with a carbon fork included. Also had a C'dale trail sl3, another good starting point.

    Others mentioned some great bikes, too..try them out see what fits you best...
    Ben - Clydesdale - Type II Diabetic - 6'7", ~278lbs in 09/2011 - A1C 9.4%, ~228lbs in 07/2012 - A1C 5.6%, ~240lbs in 05/2013

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    Quote Originally Posted by fast41 View Post

    @michaelscott $1,500 budget, Hurkey Crk, Vail Lake, Big Bear, etc.
    You can certain build a nice SS for $1500. You can buy a nice one too....all in what you want. I'll probably never buy another bike again after building my SS...just too much fun and I got exactly what I want with no junk filler parts.

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    I too am standing with building from scratch.. I've bought two bikes so far and don't think I ever again will. Changed a bunch of parts from my mtb and think I will be ready to go ground up when I make my next build.

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    Quote Originally Posted by perttime View Post
    Convert your HT to see if you like SS.
    This. Make sure you love single speeding before spending the money.

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