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    Redline monocog

    Is this frame worth building up, with expensive components. Should it be built as a cheap commuter. I'm looking at it for a xc rig.
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    Ok starter ss for me

    I bought a monocog several years ago as an experiment to see if I could handle and would like singlespeeding. (I can and do!)
    It was a fine ss and is now a great town bike with a rack, bag, fenders and 4sp hub.
    It's problem was that it is very heavy. The frame is built by the more metal is stronger approach. Should be very strong, but is a bit tanklike.
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    pretty good

    Quote Originally Posted by Cole82
    Is this frame worth building up, with expensive components. Should it be built as a cheap commuter. I'm looking at it for a xc rig.
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    It' s a decent enough frame, the main oddity being the 110 bmx width rear spacing, it'll work fine as a XC frame, but the cromo frame and fork are heavy and if your looking to race it, it will be hard, and or expensive to get under 24lbs, even with a rigid fork and v-brakes.
    I have ridden a steel monocog for almost 4 years, I rode it stock for a while, with a z2 atom 80 fork(went back to rigid) and more recently as a heavy, rigid trail bike, w/ low gearing profiles, and Dh tires. This was the best version.
    I just ordered a 17" aluminum monocog from web cyclery for 150 for the frame, I could've gotten the fork, but the aluminum frame comes w/a aluminum fork and I wanted steel. If you are just starting out you could get the frame, fork and disc compatible wheels for $250, the wheelset isn't the best, but it is disc compatible and has the rear bmx spacing. YOu can even add a pair of avid 6" disc for only another $100, a serious deal, even if the wheels aren't the best.
    I ordered the aluminum model cause it was cheap and I wanted to go to disc. I went down a size from 19" to 17 " cause I wanted a little more stand over, since I am ridding it more aggresivly, log drops, tight root strewn western Washington trails etc. And I should be able to go to disc and not add any weight, or even drop a little cause the frame is fairly light.
    As for the super stiff frame, well the steel frame is pretty dang stiff also, and I'm going to be running Nbx 2.5 front and 2.3 rear tires at about 17-22psi which should be some suspension.
    The aluminum model has the stickers under clear coat, so I have prepped (sanded) the frame and my steel kona jump fork for paint, not sure what color I will go with yet. The frame looks good, decent welds, etc, but mine did have a couple of paint drips, near the stays, but not too bad. The model webcyclery is selling is a last year red model, the 05 model has slightly different stickers and white paint.
    All that said, a IRO mia is only a couple of bucks more $180 F/F I think, and it uses regular mtn rear 135 spacing.

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    Here is a picture of my wife's Monocog. It is about 26 lbs as is. The X-Fly 80 provides just enough suspension up front.

    Plus it is just the right size for me to take down to the BMX track.

    Knew a guy that put King/517, Atom 80, Carbon Bars and Post, RF Next LP cranks and his was down to about 23 lbs.


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    Thanks guys' I'm probably going to do cheaper build. It was between this and the mia. I ordered a 05 frame and fork $200 at lbs. I'm 6'4 #185 so weight isn't a factor. I'm curently useing a 39 pound bike for every thing. I had a converted mesa gsx ss all last year.
    That's a nice bike.
    Hs anyone tried the bontrager 110mm ss rear hub?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cole82
    Is this frame worth building up, with expensive components. Should it be built as a cheap commuter. I'm looking at it for a xc rig.
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    I paid 419 with tax brand new for my 2003 and I just put in 460 worth of new upgrades. The only thing I haven't upgraded are wheels/hubs and bars, which I will not replace. Mine came with the Titec Hellbent and they are great bars.

    Don't let this talk of the bike being "heavy" fool you, it handled razor sharp with 1.9's before and still does with 2.1's front and back, and I have it set up 33x18 and recently climbed a hill at the local trails that left the local gearies from the LBS in awe that I could do it.

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    i got a monocog a little over a year and love it. i bought the complete bike and have replaced everything on it but the headset and the rear v brake. it is a solid bike and handles like a dream. i have mine down to about 23 lbs. i love this bike and probably wont be in the market for another SS for a couple more years.
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    Now after seeing those 2 bikes I'm thinking of doing a real build on it.
    What rear hub are you using?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cole82
    Now after seeing those 2 bikes I'm thinking of doing a real build on it.
    What rear hub are you using?

    rear hub is a redline cassette hub i got from my LBS. it was a take off from the owners BMX. i laced it to a Mavic 517. i am pretty sure the hub was made by formula.
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    I hear you

    Quote Originally Posted by Monocog Man
    Don't let this talk of the bike being "heavy" fool you, it handled razor sharp with 1.9's before and still does with 2.1's front and back, and I have it set up 33x18 and recently climbed a hill at the local trails that left the local gearies from the LBS in awe that I could do it.
    I raced my monocog at Tucson for two years now (3"fork), and raced it in the rigid SS catergory at the 24hr of Temecula a few weeks ago. I even put on a log legged fork on it and rode Nobel Canyon on it at the Socal SS Summit yesterday. A lot of bang for the buck and the wheels are holding up pretty descent as well.

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    Hey!

    Put the rest of the pics on Trailriders. Or yours.
    You gotta see the pics of Aquaholic! I'm jealous.
    Quote Originally Posted by mtbbill
    I raced my monocog at Tucson for two years now (3"fork), and raced it in the rigid SS catergory at the 24hr of Temecula a few weeks ago. I even put on a log legged fork on it and rode Nobel Canyon on it at the Socal SS Summit yesterday. A lot of bang for the buck and the wheels are holding up pretty descent as well.

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