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    Hope a single speeder in wanting

    so im considering buying myself a single speed in a couple of months, figured ive the big bouncy full sus and wanted somthing completely different too, and a fully rigid steel single speed cant get much more different

    ive been looking at whats about, and so far the only contenders ive found have been pretty obvious

    the 26" on one inbred
    the 26" kona unit

    or the 29" variants of the two.

    im more inclined to stick to the 26", as its all ive ever ridden and should i ever decide on a fork it will make life alot easier, but im open to suggestion, especially if us taller folk are prime candidates (6'5 prime enough?)

    im based in the uk, so i dont think i'll be able to get anything too boutique like salsa or surly but if you have any other suggestions they'd be greatly appreciated

    atm the main choice is a 26" inbred, cus its the cheapest and has great reviews, unfortunately its also out of stock. does anyone know when they are coming back, and if they will be the same price as before i.e. £399

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    Quote Originally Posted by da_eddio
    im more inclined to stick to the 26", as its all ive ever ridden and should i ever decide on a fork it will make life alot easier, but im open to suggestion, especially if us taller folk are prime candidates (6'5 prime enough?)
    Without a doubt, go with the 29er version of either bike. At 6'5" tall, you'll feel better on it. Just cause 26" is all you've ever ridden, doesn't make it right.

    As for forks, why would choosing a 29er fork make life more difficult? There are plenty of good options on the market now with more on the way. Manitou has announced it's Minute 29 out soon and there are rumors flying around about Fox entering the market.

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    go 29er Inbred! i love mine!

    29 doesn't just make sense for tall guys, but also for SS! there are plenty of fork options out there...

    but if you really want to stay 26, i still vote for the inbred. sweet, sweet ride.
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    oh i thought there was only a very small handful off 29'er forks available, can you guys suggest any decent ones as the only one im even aware of is the rock shox reba.

    do you guys find 29'ers any more difficult to manouvere on the trails, in terms of flicking the rear end? also whats a ball park figure for the extra weight of a 29'er compared to a 26'er?
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    Quote Originally Posted by da_eddio
    a fully rigid steel single speed cant get much more different
    I've never ridden a 29 but obviously you must go 29 to be *more* different.

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    Quote Originally Posted by da_eddio
    oh i thought there was only a very small handful off 29'er forks available, can you guys suggest any decent ones as the only one im even aware of is the rock shox reba.

    do you guys find 29'ers any more difficult to manouvere on the trails, in terms of flicking the rear end? also whats a ball park figure for the extra weight of a 29'er compared to a 26'er?
    Decent forks, check out this thread on the 29er forum...
    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=268330

    I've not found any difference in maneuverability between 26 and 29er. I have yet to find anything that I could ride with 26" wheels that I can't ride with 29" wheels. The opposite has been true on more than one occaision, however. I ride tight, twisty Midwest singletrack, for reference.

    I've heard that an equally equipped 29er will be about 1-1.5 pounds heavier than it's 26er twin.

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    1-1.5 pounds isnt so bad, i was expecting it to be much heavier.

    also where do you find all your tyres, i cant seem to find many in the uk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by da_eddio
    also where do you find all your tyres, i cant seem to find many in the uk?
    I get most of my tires through my local shops with a QBP account...don't know if QBP services shops in the UK or not. That includes the Kenda, IRC, Maxxis, Geax, Panaracer, WTB, and Schwalbe. Bontrager tires are available at Trek dealers. The Specialized tires (Fast Trak and Resolution) can be ordered off their website. Sorry, I don't know what the situation is like in the UK.

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    do you guys have any other suggestions beside the two ive already listed?

    im really liking the 29'er inbred now, its grown on me hehe
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    Not as boutique as either of the bikes you have already mentioned, but the Redline Monocogs are good options for fully rigid steel SS's You can get them in both 26" and 29" bikes. I don't know if they sell them in the UK though.
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    These are very beautiful: http://singularcycles.com/ Haven“t ridden one though. Also dialled bikes love/hate looks nice.

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    wow those singular bikes look sweet! also quite expensive too, shame they dont offer a complete bike like the inbred 29'er
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    i just found this for cheap!

    http://www.cyclestore.co.uk/productD...roductID=4144#

    what do you guys think?

    if the handle bar was changed out for somthing more appropriate do you think this would make a good SS or am i kidding myself?
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    It looks lika a heavy bike with low quality tubing.

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