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    Help me find a bike

    Howdy all.

    I am looking for a steel single speed that has a tapered head tube so that I can eventually add a modern fork, and sliding dropouts.

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    Soma Juice, Surly Karate Monkey Ops, Canfield Nimble 9

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    MTBR delivers, thanks man.
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    Niner Sir9 has a 44mm headtube where you can run straight or tapered. I have one and it makes for an awesome rigid single speed, or a geared suspension fork rig too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latte1973 View Post
    Niner Sir9 has a 44mm headtube where you can run straight or tapered. I have one and it makes for an awesome rigid single speed, or a geared suspension fork rig too.
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    Niner Sir 9 is definitely a nice frame. It doesn't have sliding dropouts though.

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    I saw a picture of the redesigned Vassago Jabberwocky and it has all of those features. I think it will also take a 3" tire. Plus a modern geometry.

    I don't know when they are going to start selling them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerLex View Post
    Niner Sir 9 is definitely a nice frame. It doesn't have sliding dropouts though.
    Nope, no sliding dropouts. Instead it has the much better looking and functioning Biocentric 2 eccentric BB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerLex View Post
    Niner Sir 9 is definitely a nice frame. It doesn't have sliding dropouts though.
    yeah, I missed that part. Still, the bb on the niner sir 9 works great and is very easy to adjust as long as you include adjusting and torqueing the thing every so often in your regular maintenance schedule.

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    Chumba Stella, love mine!

    Can't say enough about it. Geometry is spot on, it's super nimble and incredibly versatile. They are handmade just outside Austin and their customer service is second to none.

    I was riding one of the other bikes listed above and this one is exponentially better.


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    Soma B-side? Paragon sliders.

    I'm sure there are more options, especially when looking at some boutique choices. What about cost?
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    I've realized that my sort of specific list of wants is putting me into more custom made bikes that are beyond the budget right now. I've been reading up on the Trek Superfly SS and used examples are within my budget, I may end up going this route.
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    The superfly is good, but you could also convert the Stache into a single speed if you wanted to go with 3" tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by latte1973 View Post
    The superfly is good, but you could also convert the Stache into a single speed if you wanted to go with 3" tires.
    Used Staches go for more than a new Superfly.

    Also considering buying an On One Inbred and building it exactly how I want as well. Was a bike shop mechanic for 8 years so building won't be a problem.
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    Kona Unit? Steel and uses sliders, not sure about the head tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by storz View Post
    Used Staches go for more than a new Superfly.

    Also considering buying an On One Inbred and building it exactly how I want as well. Was a bike shop mechanic for 8 years so building won't be a problem.
    Trek says they have the framesets in stock now. I also heard a rumor that they will be coming out with a carbon framed one this year.

    Stache 29+ Frameset | Trek Bikes

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    I'd look for a used rigid SS. I see good deals and there are few worries seeing how it's steel with no shocks, plus your mechanic skills. Kona Unit ('13 and up), Salsa El Mariachi ('14-'15 are sweet), etc.

    If you're looking to get rowdy, check out the Nimble 9 or Kona Honzo.

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