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    Cheap Start

    OK, this SS thing has me intrigued. If I like it, I could see a Milk Money in the garage in a year or so, but first.......

    How about some ideas for the best, relatively budget, complete, fully rigid SS? I know if I build it myself, I'll go overboard.

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    Redline Monocog is probably the best place to start for a budget rigid SS bike... available in 29er or 26er form. If you want something a bit nicer, disc brakes, etc, the Monocog Flight 29 is a really good choice too

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    I just started ss this summer. My first and only ss has been a Karate Monkey. It was a fair price and I LOVE it. That's my vote. Of course it is the only ss I know.

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    Convert what you got.
    You can use, in order of slick-ness:
    White Industries Eno Hub
    Eccentric Bottom Bracket like this one: http://forwardcomponents.blogspot.co...et-patent.html
    Chain tensioner like a Surly Singleator or Renin Rollenlager
    Old Deraileur with the lower cage cut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boomn
    Redline Monocog is probably the best place to start for a budget rigid SS bike...

    X2 Monocog

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    x3 monocog. Worst case, slicks, gearing change and fenders and you have a mean commuter.

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    Thanks for all the input. The Flight looks like a great place to start. Don't want rim brakes, or the Monocog would be fine, too.

    What's the approximate street price for a Flight?

    Thanks again.
    Whining is not a strategy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo
    Thanks for all the input. The Flight looks like a great place to start. Don't want rim brakes, or the Monocog would be fine, too.

    What's the approximate street price for a Flight?

    Thanks again.
    x4 flight....

    puzzled this very issue as you did....wanted to try but not sure so went eBay used and cheap....08 flight for $800 with juicy's and reba......best decision i ever made...i havent ridden gearie, 26, aluminum or FS since.....

    you won't regret it....just keep yer eye on eBay and Craigs for when a great find comes up....but if you want rigid just get a new one - retails under $900 (may want to upgrade the BB5's tho....)
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    Really Cheap

    If you want a new 29er, and if you're like me and you don't think $800 is cheap, go with the Outcast, $350 with free shipping.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...tcast29_08.htm

    I have one and I've beaten the heck out of it, tons of riding, a few six hour races and lots of jumps. If you want something that is a bit more upgraded (and upgradeable) the 2010 version can't be beat for the price of $499.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...utcast29_x.htm

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    I had a Monocog and sold it because of the 110mm rear spacing. I am a complete idiot for doing so. I am glad to see that Redline has re-released the matte blue color. I love that color. It might be time for me to visit my LBS.
    ‎"My bicycle masters boardwalk and quagmire with aplomb." - Tom Nuttall

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    SE Stout

    Picked one up for $399 (still at that price now) added some mech disc brakes and haven't touched by geared bike now in a month.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/se/stout.htm
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