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    Help with first single speed build for beginner

    I would like to build a budget singlespeed 29er. I'm fairly new to mountain biking and this would be my first bike build. I'm looking for some feedback on my current plan. I would like a steel frame, front suspension, and total cost less than $1000.

    Here is my current plan:

    Frame: UNBRANDED 29ER 4130 CRO-MOLY SINGLE SPEED FRAMESET
    http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1619

    Brakes: Avid BB7

    Crankset: Truvativ Stylo 1.1 GXP Crankset W/BB
    Black, 175mm, 32 Rings

    Wheelset: Shimano M525 Disc Mavic A317 29Er Wheels

    Tires: Kenda Karma Tire
    Black, 29 X 2.2

    Seatpost: Race Face Evolve Seatpost '11

    Handlebar: Easton EA50 Am Handlebar
    Black, 685, Lo Rise 31.8

    Stem: Easton EA50 Stem
    Black, 100mm, 6 Degree

    Cassette: Gusset Single Speed Conversion Kit
    16T&18T Cogs, 14&19mm Spcrs, W/Lockring

    I would ride this on singletrack trails in the Carolinas and am looking to improve my fitness level and have fun.

    Would you recommend any changes or could I do any better for <$1000 ?

    Thanks!

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    That's gonna be a heavy bike. Steel AND a heavy RST fork AND 29" wheels might be a bit much. If it were me, I'd just buy a Monocog, pocket the extra $400, and go ride. It's a solid, proven steel bike. If you still feel the need for a suspension fork, then add one after the fact with the money you saved.

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    Ditto rolondo. Get a Monocog ($500 at my LBS), which has just about the same quality parts to what you have listed, then with $200-300, get a fork.
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    Third the 'Cog. Awesome bike. Toss in another ~$100 or so for BB7s and that is a solid bike out of the box. You will find that you won't necessarily miss the suspension fork; those big wheels/huge tires, and long/steel frame flex more than you think.
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    Thanks for your help. I will definitely check out the Monocog. It doesn't look there are any Redline dealers close to me. Anybody know of a good place to purchase online?

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    Hmm, if you don't have a dealer local, you may want to check other bikes. Personally, I like dealing locally with an LBS vs. the internet. If any issues arise, you can simply drop it off at the shop rather than spending time on the phone and having to ship the bike to a faceless internet company ($75 one way).

    My LBS also has a Haro Mary for $600. Kona Unit's should be less than $1000. No experience, but Trek Marlin is $600 or so. Looks like an OK build for the money.

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    wheels

    u can get alex sx44 on shimano hubs for 170 from universal. HANDBUILT!!!!!!!!!

    thatd be waaaay better than those machine built mavics.

    also the fsa v-drive crank can be had for 140. but, full disclosure, im biased against truvativ cranks.

    if you want 175mm cranks, why not get LX? super cheap right now.

    and universal has $18 trail tires.

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