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    Total noob attack!

    I'm a roadie. I don't know spit about MTBs. I have ridden them exactly twice.

    I want to play in the dirt with something that is not my cyclocross bike.

    I want it to be cheap.

    I'm thinking a SS 29er. Like maybe the Redline monocog.

    Any better options? What should I know? I've read the SS faq and ride fixed on the road often 'nuff.

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    if you have a crosscheck it'll do fine on dirt unless it gets really steep or really rocky.

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    If you want it to be inexpensive then the Redline is probably fine. 29'ers are great. I love mine. I even ride it more than my Seven (26'er). The Surly is also a great option with a good ol' cool factor added to it.

    Get out there and just enjoy. That is the important thing!
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    Redline Monocog is my first bike ever since I was a kid. I love it. It's cheap, easy, and fun as hell.

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    Should be fun stuff.

    Do you think a rigid, 29er SS bike like the Monocog will feel / handle / absorb shock better than my 'cross bike?

    It's a Redline Conquest Pro, with 700 x 34 clincher tires, that I can run a min of about 50PSI in. I haven't had it long, I've been riding mild singletrack stuff for fun lately and it's okay on flattish stuff but big bumps hurt a lot, and the avid shorty4 cantis suck hard for serious braking.

    I want something I can go a little crazier with.

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    Here's what I go crazy with:

    The Unit SS
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    And a good day to you sir!

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    The Monocog 29'er is a great value (as are all redlines).
    The tires are alot bigger than your cross bike's and you'll be able to run the pressure much lower.

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    Redline Monocog 29er gets you rolling cheap.
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    A SS is obviously great fun and Pricepoint has got a Monocog frame and rigid fork for $250. If you want a suspension fork then a 29er is not the cheapest way to get into the game 'cause there's much less selection on 29er suspension forks and they're more expensive. 29er wheels tend to be more expensive, too. You can find some pretty cheap and very serviceable 26" SS bikes with suspension forks and disc brakes.

    You can get some nice used SS bikes like the Monocog or a Bianchi SASS for $300-400 on Ebay, usually rigid fork and V brakes. For $550 you can get a new Fetish with a basic Manitou Black suspension fork and Tektro disk brakes (some diss the brakes but set up properly they work good, especially with better levers like Avid). A lightly used Gary Fisher Rig 29er with a Reba fork and Avid BB7 disk brakes went for $750. Definitely more than entry level and something you could be happy with for years. Gives you an idea of prices and quality levels. Jump in, you won't regret it.

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    just bought my first monocog 29er off ebay and love it. there is one now for auction 15" frame. good deals to be found on ebay on this bike. go ride one first if you can to be sure, but for the $$$ its hard to go wrong.

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    My Monocog has I think 2.3 tires on there. Anyway they are pretty ballooney and i usually run them with about 30 PSI. It's not suspension and lower pressures obviously will give up speed to your cross tires but they do take the sting out of bumps.
    There's always money in the banana stand.

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