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    New question here. OT...kinda...What's 'bad' about 29er-SS ??

    I have a newfound curiosity about 29er singlespeeds, never having tried it myself. Haven't had the opportunity yet...
    I've spent some time reading through the 29er and Singlespeed forums, and have found mostly positive remarks there (natch...).
    I want to know about the other side of the coin. Applied toward less technical, XC-type trails, what are the negatives of these bikes, if there are any...????
    I don't want speculation, as I can do plenty of that by myself.
    I want to hear from peeps who have actually done it.

    Is it true that you have to be super-fit in order to enjoy that workout?
    What about the older average Joe, like me?

    Is it true that less is more???
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    I'd say if ya got the itch, just scratch it if ya can reach it ok, you'll probably really enjoy the experience by the sounds!

    Not riding a SS 29er, but I had some of my best times on my DJ SS and I rode it everywhere, actually single track was so much fun, mine is steel, which really helped, I couldn't have handled a harsh alloy ride, body wouldn't be up for it, though in time its amazing what ya get used to.

    You also strenthen and fitten up allot, it helps, ya tech, ya re learn stuff ya got lazy over and weren't aware of, its just a blast, I'd sumise a 29er SS would have its good points too and be way fun, it complements ya FS riding skills in the long run from my experience which is why I got the DJ and wanted SS.

    SS brings back the simpler days when we were young and dumb and rode for fun and hanging with the bros, nothing else

    Go fo it

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    TA dood! Well said....thanks!

    * I just read CC's post "once stung..." ...how funny!
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop
    Is it true that less is more???
    no, less is less, but that can be good. The SS will make you suffer, focus you on maintaining momentum and form, make you stronger and more aggressive on the cranks. After two weeks on the single speed, get back on your FS ride - you'll find yourself attacking climbs and muscling the FS much more and going faster. The SS experience is cool, fun and great training (especially when the weather is crap and I don't want to get my Turners greased with MagChlor), but for me it's more of a means to end - improving my fitness and technique for riding the Turners. This applies whether you're riding a 29er or a 26er SS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop
    TA dood! Well said....thanks!

    * I just read CC's post "once stung..." ...how funny!



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    there are some good, relatively inexpensive steel hardtails out there like the Redline Monocog Flight - an absolute blast to ride.

    TA had some good input - go scratch the itch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop
    I want to hear from peeps who have actually done it.

    Is it true that you have to be super-fit in order to enjoy that workout?
    What about the older average Joe, like me?

    Is it true that less is more???
    I have a Waltworks 29er hardtail that spends most of its time as a singlespeed, though I do have a geared wheel I can swap in and mount a rear derailleur and shifter when I'm fat and lazy.

    If you're riding with others, it is helpful to be fit ... that way you can run a gear that'll average out to about their speed. I thought I was already fit when I put together my first 26" singlespeed, but it really kicked my ass. After spending a summer riding it, I was way faster on my geared bikes ... and didn't spend as much time shifting either.

    Simplicity is nice ... not having to worry about shifters, derailleurs, and suspension pivots. I like my singlespeed 29er, but I certainly won't give up my geared full suspension bikes either (and if I could have only one, I'd take the geared full suspension bike for sure).

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    I just placed an order to scratch my itch for the 29 SS lifestyle. I went with steel for the reasons that TA listed above.
    I have plenty of trails here that I think suit the SS perfectly, I am looking for something different in my riding because of my self imposed "no air" policy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by can't get right
    I just placed an order to scratch my itch for the 29 SS lifestyle. I went with steel for the reasons that TA listed above.
    I have plenty of trails here that I think suit the SS perfectly, I am looking for something different in my riding because of my self imposed "no air" policy.
    Now ya just made me plain envious!

    Dam Im itching all over, I just can't reach it, maybe I can in 6ths or so, find a 2nd hand mary One 29er or something as a training bike, it will be a EL Cheapo, none of FO's cheap build components

    "Steel is real" homies! in HTs anyways


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    Steel, 29er, SS...? Yeah, we can do that



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    You just have to try it to know.

    It is Fun with a capital F, but I pretty much have fun no matter what I ride. I like the SS because it concentrates the work out. I can only ride off road about twice a week, so I want the best beating I can get. I also tend to wuss to my smallest gear when climbing if I have the option. No options with the SS, just man up and do it.

    Sometimes the best thing about it is when you ride it for a few weeks, then get back on gears and suspension. You feel like a super hero.

    As far as technical trails: There is nothing you are riding now that you can't ride on a 29" SS bike. You will just ride it differently. This is a good thing. It will surprise you what you can get up with a little speed, momentum and grunt, however.

    I started the SS bug three years ago, and honestly, my SS bike gets about 80% of the love just because it is so fun. I tend to pull out the suspension when riding with other riders similarly equipped.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    Steel, 29er, SS...? Yeah, we can do that
    JN thats a stunningly beautiful rig no doubts, thats in the Fo budget range not mine

    Cheers for sharing though I like to look
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    Quote Originally Posted by can't get right
    I just placed an order to scratch my itch for the 29 SS lifestyle. I went with steel for the reasons that TA listed above.
    Steve Garro special? Dude....great choice!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    Steve Garro special? Dude....great choice!
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    no, you do not have to be in shape to do it...i do it so you can too

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    ...I wanna feel like a super hero!

    See, this is what I'm talking about. I ask for negative feedback and get more like 95% positive. I am definitely intrigued.

    'Wolfhound' eh? That rig looks like good sex....
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    Quote Originally Posted by xjbebop
    ...I wanna feel like a super hero!

    See, this is what I'm talking about. I ask for negative feedback and get more like 95% positive. I am definitely intrigued.

    'Wolfhound' eh? That rig looks like good sex....
    wolfhounds are fine...so long as you dont mind waiting till you can use your 401(k) to buy it

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    Makes you feel......

    .....like you're 8 years old again!! Came in on the cheap, then dialed it in to my like'n. A blast to ride, with no worries of malfunction!
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    This is the bike that put me over the edge. 10 Months from now I should be very happy.

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    That bike is badass, but I gotta say, I don't get the bars. It would be even more badass with some traditional flats, ALA, gulp, JNC's rig. JMHOOC...

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    My first 29er just happened to be my first SS since riding bmx back in the day. I went with a Niner Sir9 and the Niner rigid fork. Ok bike, I don't really have anything bad to say about it and it does kinda bring back the kid thing. For me it's a little hard to swap back and forth between the geared fs bike and the rigid SS. After riding the rigid SS and then jumping on the geared fs bike it takes a while to get used to the suspension doing its thing and having to think about shifting gears. I really like the simplicity of a rigid SS whether its a 29er or 26er.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadbolt
    That bike is badass, but I gotta say, I don't get the bars. It would be even more badass with some traditional flats, ALA, gulp, JNC's rig. JMHOOC...
    I concur. I will probably go with the Salso Moto Carbon bar.
    I rode those bars on a buddies bike, they were nowhere near wide enough for my moto style arm motion ......................and they look like a$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deadbolt
    That bike is badass, but I gotta say, I don't get the bars. It would be even more badass with some traditional flats, ALA, gulp, JNC's rig. JMHOOC...
    ? have you tried them? they are not my thing but lots of people like em...most homers wouldnt have a clue as to an advantage of a bar that would allow altering positions as they are too phat to get of their azz off the saddle anyway when climbing their sofas on wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by FoShizzle
    ...most homers wouldnt have a clue as to an advantage of a bar that would allow altering positions as they are too phat to get of their azz anyway when climbing their sofas on wheels
    ...unfortunately for you, you have no excuses as to why you suck on a bike. Perhaps a modicum of obesity would give you the credibility you so earnestly strive for


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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter
    ...unfortunately for you, you have no excuses as to why you suck on a bike. Perhaps a modicum of obesity would give you the credibility you so earnestly strive for
    good point....i should gain about 75 lbs so my riding style would equate to my figure

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