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    The SS 29er choices

    I have decided that I am going to be building a SS 29er......so now the decision is what frame??

    I am looking at the Monocog, Jabberwocky, and Karate Monkey....what do you guys say if my budget is 800-1200??

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    just throwing in another good budget option: the misfit dissent. It is aluminum though, but still looks sexy

    I have been considering this frame as an upgrade so I could lose the tensioner

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    Thanks for the option, but it is cold hard steel for me!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Orange
    Thanks for the option, but it is cold hard steel for me!!
    I would prefer warm, compliant steel personally

    If thats the case there is also the Soma Juice and the Voodoo Dambala. I have never had the opportunity to ride any of these options, but if this forum is any indication the Jabberwocky is the one that gets the most fanatical responses from people that try it/buy it.

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    Oh, also search ebay for the Inbred. Unreal Cycles is blowing out a bunch of brand new 07 Inbreds for $250-$275 with headset. Can't beat that

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    Look for the ebay unrealcycles.com Inbred deals! Great frame!

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    No mention of a SIR9 for this application...? About $750 - $800 and a nice springy ride... If you are really big or heavy, or tend to trash frames, then perhaps not, but for your price range it is likely one of the nicer options. A Salsa El Mariachi would also be on the list for me. You can get a Monocog complete bike in the range you mentioned.
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    You could buy a used GF Rig for 500ish and have another 500-700 for upgrades. I've seen a couple hold overs going new for 1000

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    there is also the Soma Juice and the Voodoo Dambala
    I've owned both of these. I liked both of them. The soma was a little nicer in my opinion.
    The voodoo had siding dropouts which were a pain to setup, but changing tires was much easier. The good thing about both of these (in my opinion) is you can also run gears if you want to roll that way in the future. They are both relatively cheap, so you could spend more and get a nicer wheel set and fork.

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    MONKEY LOVE all the way!!!
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    Also I am looking to start doing some racing. Does that change anyone's opinion?

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    Mr. Orange I have both.
    The Surly has a shorter wheel base and corners faster. It also puts the rear wheel under you more when climbing. Therefore you keep better traction when in loose conditions. Great frameset!

    The Jabberwocky Rides a little smoother do to the longer wheel base and is a little more stable on fast downhills for the same reason.
    I have raced both and perform about the same on each. They just have a slightly different feel.
    I had thought about custom but these frames fit me great.

    I'm 5' 10" and ride the 18" medium frames from both. The Jabberwocky has a slightly longer top tube. I use a 120mm stem on each. The only difference is a strait seat post on the Jabber and a setback seatpost on the Monkey. This keeps the cockpit the same.
    They are also both rigid but the Jabber boasts a freewheel and the Monkey is now fixed.

    You can't go wrong with either!

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    Another Option: 3D Racing

    American Made.
    Many Options.
    Website:http://www.v2racing.com/3dracing/
    Old site, but same great bikes.

    FYI.

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    QBAll

    Look up Scott Quiring's QBall. In my opinion, an almost unbeatable deal for a steel, American made frame.

    JK

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    I like the way that Misfit looks...but what advantage does alum have if it ways more than a Jabber? I iz confuzed?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Orange
    I have decided that I am going to be building a SS 29er......so now the decision is what frame??

    I am looking at the Monocog, Jabberwocky, and Karate Monkey....what do you guys say if my budget is 800-1200??

    I just rode my Karate Monkey last night. I have four other higher end 29er bikes to ride. But the trail I rode last night I choose to ride the KM. The trail is technical tight single track with a bunch of big log overs and creek crossings. The KM handles it well fully rigid and 2.3 tires.
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    which one is the lightest?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt
    I just rode my Karate Monkey last night. I have four other higher end 29er bikes to ride. But the trail I rode last night I choose to ride the KM. The trail is technical tight single track with a bunch of big log overs and creek crossings. The KM handles it well fully rigid and 2.3 tires.
    Have you ever raced your Monkey?

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    I raced my monkey exhaustively, single, geared, rigid, forked, you name it.

    Wonderful in all conditions. In fact, I won my first race of that year (2003) on a SS monkey.

    These are all the same bike:




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    I love My jabberwocky I just built up.

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    No if I were to race again I'd want to race my Gunnar Ruffian.

    Hey ncj01,
    Is that a White Bros Fork??

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    i'd get a monocog and have a few hundred for upgrades (ie: parts that you pick),or for gas to take a few outta town day or weekend trips to kool new places to ride my new sled

    but that's mho,and i like redlines a lot anyways (i dig on inexpensive things that work )
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    Another vote for the Jabberwocky. I absolutely love mine.

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    I have the Gunnar Ruffian. 200 lbs and no problems. I have two friends you love their Jabber's but they have both crack their frames at the gussets where the down tube contacts near the head tube. That said, they are having them replaced. Votes for Gunnar or Jabber. Spa town.

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    Perhaps a Monocog Flight and then build up as necessary.

    I just picked up an 08 Monocog and I'm looking forward to the rides and upgrades.

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    What about the KHS Solo One SE? It looks sexy in pictures but I've never seen one in RL.


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    I don't know. I have never ridden a KHS so I wouldn't know how I like one

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