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    Single speed for taller guy

    I think I'm ready for SS. I'm just having trouble with my choices. I was looking at a complete build kona big unit. This seems to be the most efficient way coming from lbs. I've never built a bike. I was wondering what SS rigs 6'4" riders like? Are there any other complete bike builds you can recommend? I've only been riding 3 years...FS geared. TIA

    Also, I love niner bikes, but EBB creaking is nothing I want to maintain. I'd like a pure SS bike as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncstad View Post
    Also, I love niner bikes, but EBB creaking is nothing I want to maintain. I'd like a pure SS bike as well
    Get an XL One 9 or SIR9. With Carbogrip, the EBB is set it and forget it.

    Or an XL Surly Karate Monkey. No ebb on that bike.

    Or a Monocog.

    Buy used in case you find your love isn't that deep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaBass_ View Post
    Get an XL One 9 or SIR9. With Carbogrip, the EBB is set it and forget it.

    Or an XL Surly Karate Monkey. No ebb on that bike.

    Or a Monocog.

    Buy used in case you find your love isn't that deep.

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    Carbo grip? I'll check it out.

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    There was a Spec Rockhopper in SS only. They had a XXL frame (23") . I have one that I built this past season. No EBB, sliding dropouts instead. I can't point you in the right direction to find one, but I do enjoy mine, immensely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by one4teen View Post
    There was a Spec Rockhopper in SS only. They had a XXL frame (23") . I have one that I built this past season. No EBB, sliding dropouts instead. I can't point you in the right direction to find one, but I do enjoy mine, immensely.
    They stopped making those frames after there were a lot of issues with the sliders. They went to an EBB (which was fantastic) on the SS model, and then eventually stopped production.


    I'd look at a Unit, Karate Monkey, El Mariachi, etc too.

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    My friend just built up a Caver Ti SS. He's 6'4" 240lbs or so and he loves it.

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    i'm 6'3" and 220lbs.

    i've been happy with my vassago jabberwocky. you can get frames on clearance now around $300.

    i've also ridden karate monkey and sir 9.

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    I'm leaning to the ventana commander. Anybody have pros and cons?

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    I've got a monocog flite 21" and a Karate monkey 22". After riding both bikes, with the same components on each, I gotta say to me the cog feels better on the trail. Couldn't tell ya why, but it just meshes with my lanky body better. The Surly is now full time commuter/grocery/bar duty
    I'm 6'-6"/240 (+/-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinbunyon View Post
    I've got a monocog flite 21" and a Karate monkey 22". After riding both bikes, with the same components on each, I gotta say to me the cog feels better on the trail. Couldn't tell ya why, but it just meshes with my lanky body better. The Surly is now full time commuter/grocery/bar duty
    I'm 6'-6"/240 (+/-)
    Isn't the ETT much longer on the redline? I pedaled a 20" KM around the parking lot and it felt like a Smedium. They definitely run short in the top tube.

    Just checked the numbers. It doesn't look like that's the case.

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    Specialized Carve Pro 29 SS or Stumpjumper SS in either 21" or 23", depending on your geometry preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Broncstad View Post
    I'm leaning to the ventana commander. Anybody have pros and cons?
    I built one a year and a half ago and love it. I'm 6'3" with a 35" inseam and I got a 20" frame. The rear sliders are awesome for adjusting the chain tension. I left my first chain on for a year and over time the wear on the links made it 1/2 link longer, so I don't see the "set it and forget it" option of the EBB. Love the ride and haven't found and cons to date.

    Good luck

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    6'3" w/ 35.25" inseam riding a XL (22") Surly Karate Monkey. Been riding this bike since 2008, always SS and rigid. Can't see any reason to change anything - it just plain works. Durable, fun and classically simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .40AET View Post
    I built one a year and a half ago and love it. I'm 6'3" with a 35" inseam and I got a 20" frame. The rear sliders are awesome for adjusting the chain tension. I left my first chain on for a year and over time the wear on the links made it 1/2 link longer, so I don't see the "set it and forget it" option of the EBB. Love the ride and haven't found and cons to date.

    Good luck
    Can I possibly see a picture?

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    6'6" 205lb with 36" inseam. I ride a2011 Bomb Pop SS Salsa El Mar.

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    the ventana is a really sweet high dollar option, i'd love something that nice

    i ride on-one, had an inbred and now on a lurcher carbon. really nice bikes for the price and their build kits are wicked cheap. they use track end dropouts, i prefer sliders but they are quiet, unlike my EBB on another bike (which otherwise works great).
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenLightGo View Post
    6'3" w/ 35.25" inseam riding a XL (22") Surly Karate Monkey. Been riding this bike since 2008, always SS and rigid. Can't see any reason to change anything - it just plain works. Durable, fun and classically simple.

    Hey,wondered if you've ever played around with your chain lengths (or thought about it) to get your back wheel slammed up against the seat tube to take advantage of the bend in the tube surly gives you? I have, but wasn't too successful at it...with a 32x20 setup I had to use a 1/2 link which I kept breaking and in the end just added a couple links and ended up with the slightly longer wheelbase which I thought kinda defeated the purpose of that bend?

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    Don't have photos at work, I'll try to get some up tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justinbunyon View Post
    Hey,wondered if you've ever played around with your chain lengths (or thought about it) to get your back wheel slammed up against the seat tube to take advantage of the bend in the tube surly gives you? I have, but wasn't too successful at it...with a 32x20 setup I had to use a 1/2 link which I kept breaking and in the end just added a couple links and ended up with the slightly longer wheelbase which I thought kinda defeated the purpose of that bend?
    Never tried. I prefer a 2.2ish tire out back and like it to ride where the chain stay flares for max clearance. As it is, I'm still in the front half of the track ends. Plenty short for me.
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    I'm 6'3" and lucky enough to have a frame builder buddy. He took my measurements and built me a dedicated steel SS frame with sliders. No tabs for gears or anything! I love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by .40AET View Post
    Sweet ride. What cranks?

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    Truvativ Stylo 1.1G Single Speed cranks. 180mm I took the bashgaurd off right out of the box.

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    Can't describe how I feel about my 2012 niner one9...it is a GREAT bike.

    I have owned many ss 29er bikes....Kelly, desalvo, s-works, older one9, soulcraft. The 2012 one9 is just dialed. The ride quality, stiffness and geometry is just awesome!!!

    I am 6'1" and I ride a large one9 with a ec90 setback post and a 120mm stem and 180mm cranks. My bike is built with a niner rdo fork, upgraded cane creek headset (stock Fsa is creaky and garbage right outta of the box, IMHO), xtr cranks, edge carbon wheels....it is just a flat out fast bike.

    I thought the bike would be kind of quick with the niner fork, but the bike just flat out works great with it. I might slap a 2013 lefty later, but for now, the rdo fork is a must have for bigger dude riding the one9 rigid, it is my first tapered/thru axle fork and I am sold on those features.

    The niner biocentric works well too....mine had been quiet and has not slipped a single mm since outta of the box. niner preps the bb shell at th e factory so it'll work great. When you ask the end user to do mods to a frame, I think you will end up getting variable results (this pertains to the older one9 users who "upgraded" to the biocentric).....

    You can also always go with a 2012 air9 and run a beer components bb30 eccentric....pretty much uses the same style of interface as the niner, but with a few more bolts to secure it.

    Niner did their homework on the one9, it is a great bike, and I have owned alot of them. The heo on the bike is dialed. For your height. I'd say go with a xl, without a doubt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kam View Post
    Can't describe how I feel about my 2012 niner one9...it is a GREAT bike.

    I have owned many ss 29er bikes....Kelly, desalvo, s-works, older one9, soulcraft. The 2012 one9 is just dialed. The ride quality, stiffness and geometry is just awesome!!!

    I am 6'1" and I ride a large one9 with a ec90 setback post and a 120mm stem and 180mm cranks. My bike is built with a niner rdo fork, upgraded cane creek headset (stock Fsa is creaky and garbage right outta of the box, IMHO), xtr cranks, edge carbon wheels....it is just a flat out fast bike.

    I thought the bike would be kind of quick with the niner fork, but the bike just flat out works great with it. I might slap a 2013 lefty later, but for now, the rdo fork is a must have for bigger dude riding the one9 rigid, it is my first tapered/thru axle fork and I am sold on those features.

    The niner biocentric works well too....mine had been quiet and has not slipped a single mm since outta of the box. niner preps the bb shell at th e factory so it'll work great. When you ask the end user to do mods to a frame, I think you will end up getting variable results (this pertains to the older one9 users who "upgraded" to the biocentric).....

    You can also always go with a 2012 air9 and run a beer components bb30 eccentric....pretty much uses the same style of interface as the niner, but with a few more bolts to secure it.

    Niner did their homework on the one9, it is a great bike, and I have owned alot of them. The heo on the bike is dialed. For your height. I'd say go with a xl, without a doubt.
    Damn Kam. Good points for an already niner lover. I will have revisit the one9 idea. The EBB was the deal breaker.

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    here's a pic for ya...

    <img src=https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7226/7187076483_5a04b5abdb_b.jpg>
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    I'm 6'5" w/ 21" Monocog Flight

    Best bike I have owned. Kept it rigid and have no issues whatsoever. Been on it for 3 years now.

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