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    GT Chucker vs GT Ruckus Help

    I am just looking for some help in comparing these two bikes. I dont really understand the difference / benifit of the geared bike vs SS.

    I currently ride alot of road and cross country mtb. I am just tired of taking my fancy mtb bike downtown for urban rides. I suppose a bike like either of these will be much more adapt to wheelies, manuals and drops.

    Just looking for a fun bike to ride around in. nothing to fancy if anyone has any other options in the same price range.

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    go ss for urban rides, cuts a little on weight and adds siplicity, but also maybe look at a specialized P bike or a transition TOP

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    I got a p.street that i dig, gotta change the stock fork which is poo, i like cromo though, also have a banshee scratch which is freaking awesome, it truely manuals for you... as for inexpensive frames you should try finding a rocky mountain flow dj, i use that for my urban assult freeride rig.... I picked mine up for about 250 at jenson... it works for single speed or geared ops. I'd recoment settign up your rig with a 11-22 rear cassette a short cage shifter and maybe a 32 tooth chain ring with some uber protection on it. ohhh and can't beat a u turn pike... least in my opinion.

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    For urban I'd check out the Giant STP as well.

    To understand single speed just leave your XC bike in the 32 / 16 gear combo or something like that next time you head out for a ride down town. Just simpler and means you can't go as fast up / down the hills depending on the ratio. For street it's probably ideal, for XC you'd want to think carefully about what ratio you used depending on your terrain etc.

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    Thanks for the help everyone. I just got back from the bike shop and ordered the ruckus uf. Since its sole purpose will be urban i went with the single speed. I stuck with the GT brand because I suppose I got a good deal. It retails for somthing in the 650 range and i ordered it new for 460. hopefully i will get some pics up when i get it built up in about a week.

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    Sounds good. Last year when I was looking into an all purpose HT I predominantly heard that the Ruckus is better than the Chucker, mostly in regards to components / frame lasting longer. There was just the impression that the Chucker was more targeted at shchool aged teenagers, whereas the Ruckus was just, hmmm i suppose just better.

    So seems you've made a good choice purely from "what I've heard around the forums" LOL. Don't ya just love the internet! Anyway they seem like nice stron bikes to me, I considered buying a 2nd hand one for my husband once but wasn't entirely happy with the components.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inferno218
    Thanks for the help everyone. I just got back from the bike shop and ordered the ruckus uf. Since its sole purpose will be urban i went with the single speed. I stuck with the GT brand because I suppose I got a good deal. It retails for somthing in the 650 range and i ordered it new for 460. hopefully i will get some pics up when i get it built up in about a week.
    I hooked up my buddy with a Ruckus UF24. And it is a ill bike for the price. If the Ruckus rides anything like it's littler brother, I think you'll be pleased. I'm thinking about picking up one of these to romp around campus on.

    SS is where it's at. Simple, cheap, light(er).

    I think the Ruckus Alu is overbuilt and just hideous.

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