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  1. #1
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    First single speed

    So I am thinking about getting my very first single speed bike. I have test ridden 2 so far, both were borrowed from friends and I had a lot of fun so I think I like the concept. Now I need to decide what to buy...both bikes I tried were 29s but I don't think I want a 29er. I am short at 5'-2" and both bikes seemed big and awkward. I also did a test ride of a 650b and I liked it a lot more (it was not SS). So I think I want a 650b SS but not positive. So anyway any thoughts or recommendations?

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    This summer I had my Ibis Tranny built up as a SS and it's a 26er. I also have a 29er dualie (which I ride most of the time) and a 29er hardtail geared mainly for racing. I don't ride my single speed a ton... the terrain around my house is pretty rocky and technical, but I haven't noticed a huge difference between wheel size on the "buffer" trails I've ridden it on. The other consideration is that you will ride a SS much different than a geared bike and that certainly can change your perspective.

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