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    Single Speed 29er recommendations

    I really want to get a single speed 29er and was hoping for some advice. I am looking to spend $500-600 at the most. I don't care if the bike has shocks as I want this bike mostly for commutes and some light trail riding. I was looking at the monocog 29er but was curious what other bikes people might suggest. I don't have any experience with 29ers so I thought this was a good place to ask. I heard that they would be a good fit for me as I am 6'5" and after doing some research I think that the people who suggested it were probably right. I'd appreciate any help.

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    I should have mentioned that the monocog 29er I saw good reviews of what a redline. I want to know what else there is out there that people here have positive or negative experiences with.

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    I've got a monocog and love it, but it's not really a good commuter. it's a good off road bike, but really under geared on pavement. big fat knobbies are not good pavement tires either. you could change these things, but for commuting, I'd prefer a commuter. it could work, just not the ideal set up.

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    Monocog Flight 29er is great bike. I converted my SS to 1 x 3 (very simple and cheap conversion) and I love it.

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    I have a 21" 09 Monocog 29er that I put Schwalbe Big Apples on it and IT IS a good commuter! Especially with those Big Apples. I ride 10 miles a day and it is a great bike! You can get a `10 model for around $400.00 these days! BTW it is disc ready and you really want to upgrade to disc brakes! I Tektro's put on for $100.00! That is a must do upgrade!
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    How does the gear ratio work on your 1 X 3? I would consider that over a SS but I have never seen anyone sell a bike set up like that (I found that I only use 3-4 gears on my last 21 speed bike anyhow).

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    The Flight comes standard with a 18 cog. It is a good medium number, but I was wishing for something a little smaller and bigger for the flats/downhills and steep hills. Plus I am going to be pulling a baby soon. I added a 12, 18 and 24 from a 9 speed cassette. Works great with a Tiagra dr and deore shifter.

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    pics>

    got any pics of that 3 speed madness>???

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    I'm running my Simon Bar 3-spd 32 x 26,20,16. Works great off-road. I'm riding 50+ miles per week on-road right now because the trails are all ice so I'm going to see what I have for smaller cogs.

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    Dude, MC29er...

    Quote Originally Posted by AppliedLX
    I really want to get a single speed 29er and was hoping for some advice. I am looking to spend $500-600 at the most. I don't care if the bike has shocks as I want this bike mostly for commutes and some light trail riding. I was looking at the monocog 29er but was curious what other bikes people might suggest. I don't have any experience with 29ers so I thought this was a good place to ask. I heard that they would be a good fit for me as I am 6'5" and after doing some research I think that the people who suggested it were probably right. I'd appreciate any help.
    ...Totally!

    Great bike. A bit heavy, but the geometry is so good you hardly notice (until you climb a steep hill). The build spec is a bit low rent, but nothing that is going to break on you. You can bling it out later if you think you need to.

    With the rest of your budget, get some disc brakes for it... maybe a wider bar unless they started putting a wider bar on it. Mine came with like a 23" wide bar, which is silly for a singlespeed. The first thing I did to mine (besides adding disc brakes) is change out the narrow bar for a 26" wide carbon bar (which also takes some of the rattle out of my teeth from the rigid fork).

    You can easily upgrade it to a 1x9 by adding a rear derailleur hangar. I got one off Amazon.com that bolts under the rear track nut for like $8. Surly also makes axle tuggers that have one built in if you want a nicer looking solution. You'll need a new rear wheel if you wanna run gears, tho.

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    $500 doesn't buy you much. In that price range, the Redline is a great choice.

    No personal experience with them, but I've seen a couple of these around;

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...utcast29_x.htm
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    Can anyone provide the suspension correct fork lenght. In other words, are the Monocoqs and Flights designed for 80mm or 100mm travel forks?

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    My brother has the Motobecane Outcast and I've got the SE Racing Stout... both of which can be bought on bikesdirect for under $400.
    Here's a link to mine: http://bmxmuseum.com/bikes/se_racingcurrent/33450

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    Have you looked into a used bike?

    Lot's of nice used bikes at that range, there's a few in the classifieds here. I just picked up an 07 gary fisher rig in great shape, bonty xlite carbon forks, bars and seat post, bonty race lite wheels and bonty cranks. The frame has no dings and very few, if any scratches, the guy even threw in a brand new set of tires, looked them up online, 50 bucks a piece, all for 600 bucks. I think getting a slighty used bike is the way to go. Good luck with the hunt!
    Don't got any pics on this computer but I posted in the 29er pics forum the other day if you want to check it out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Numb Bum
    Can anyone provide the suspension correct fork lenght. In other words, are the Monocoqs and Flights designed for 80mm or 100mm travel forks?

    Thanks.
    80mm

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    Well I am glad people like the monocog but I was hoping that there might be suggestions of other options I should look at.

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    I am 6'3" and ride a XL Raleigh XXIX that fits me very nicely. I got a great deal on an '09 for $700 Steel, EBB. Reviewed well on the Singlespeed forum.

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    Lots of monocogs getting stolen around here (college mtn town). I commute on mine all winter long and it rocks. Don't bling it up and think just because it is a SS no one is going to want to snag it.
    Thieves are getting smarter... probably after jacking one too many crappy wallmart full suspension bikes.
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    I just picked up a nice 08 Cog for $225 on ebay. I was looking for about 2 months and the choices are limited in your price range, unless you go used. I am putting another $150 into the cog and will have a super sweet ride for under $400.

    Monocog 29: Steel, can take a beating, proven rugged and reliable (well liked by owners)
    SE Stout: Steel, BMX type feel, heavy fork (good reviews)
    Motobecane Outcast: Aluminum, geared and non-geared (OK reviews, a few components suspect for real trail riding)
    Dawes Deadeye: New and unproven, seems to be a few quality issues (wheel dish and trueness and disk brake mounts not straight, clean look -- no stickers.

    Bottom line is all these bikes are about the same, except for aluminum and you will probably need about $100 to bring them to the point where it meets your needs... Good luck

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    Yes, I noticed on craigslist that someone had the monocog 29er stolen right next to where I live on campus. It looks like people prefer to steal mountain bikes, and some of the nicer cruisers. Someone in my program mentioned that they have not heard of a road bike being stolen yet. It is almost making me think of changing my mind and going for something a little different.

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    If you're just lookingto commute with light trails mixed in, I'd go for a ss road bike. I love my Surly Steamroller. I currently have it on 38's for light trail duty and it's pretty fun around town, too. It'll be much faster than a Monocog on the road.

    Now, I live the Monocog, too. I have an 08 and I'm also building up a Flight version. Lifetime warranties on the frame.

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    I have an iro model 19.
    an almost complete bike without brakes is $349 on their website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fullstack1628
    I have an iro model 19.
    an almost complete bike without brakes is $349 on their website.
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    Thank all of you for giving me some information to considr.

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    I rode my neighbor's Raleigh for a month and got hooked on the ss 29'r experience. It brought back come of that fun I remember as a kid. I ended up with a Peace 9'r and am real happy. I found the Peace 9'r used on Craigs List, fortunately. The GT has a better feel when I am on the bike, despite when you put the bikes next to each other the seat and handlebars line up pretty darn close. Closer than I expected. My GT is a medium frame, while my 26" full suspension is a large frame. I'm 6'0" so it does not apply directly to you, but it is a smaller frame than I would have expected to pick off the shelf. My only change would be a fork. Even for the light trail riding, it would be nice to have a fork.

    Enjoy.

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    For basically commuting with a bit of non technical offroad, I'd go for a cyclo cross type bike.

    A cyclo cross bike looks like a road bike but has fatter tyres.

    For a start your commute will be faster, and also you will be faster offroad.

    Surly would be a good place to start looking or even Bikes Direct or perhaps a secondhand Specialized Tricoss SS
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