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    Used and discontinued SS suggestions

    New to the SS scene, picked up a Kona Unit this year and loving it. My brother's ridden it a few times and caught the bug, now we're looking for a used budget ride to get him started. Not that familiar with some of the bikes that have come and gone, trying to put together a list of all the entry/mid range rides out there as I hunt. Here's what I've got so far, what am I missing?

    Kona Unit
    Redline Monocog
    Dawes Bullseye
    Dawes Deadeye
    GT Peace
    Nashbar SS 29er
    Gravity SS 29er
    Charge Cooker
    Raleigh XXIX
    Civilian Luddite

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    Surly 1x1, Karate Monkey.

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    Forgot the Surly's, thanks. I've seen some 1x1's in his price range, karate monkey is probably over budget though.

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    Canfield Nimble 9 - the first generation model. Wish I kept mine!

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    newmarketrog, you love your cooker maxi, any reason to not love the cooker ss?
    it's a challenge some of us are ultimately worthy of.

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    specialized crave. I love mine.

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    Bianchi sass

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    Quote Originally Posted by dantheman66 View Post
    Forgot the Surly's, thanks. I've seen some 1x1's in his price range, karate monkey is probably over budget though.
    speaking of budget, what is it?

    -Vassago Jabberwocky
    -Soma Juice
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by earworm View Post
    Bianchi sass
    That's a new one. I assume the siss and muss would make the list as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BENKD29 View Post
    speaking of budget, what is it?

    -Vassago Jabberwocky
    -Soma Juice
    Under $500 used. Thinking about just having him pick up the Nashbar 29er the next time they have a 25% promo, but wanted to see what else was out there. Been scouring Craigs and pinbike, just looking for some more ideas.

    If I can find him something better used I will.

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    Maybe add Salsa El Mariachi, it's been thru at least one, maybe several geo updates but I think they always had an SS version or at least a dropout that easily accommodated SS.
    Last edited by socal_jack; 07-09-2015 at 08:05 AM.

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    Felt Nine Solo

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    Quote Originally Posted by dantheman66 View Post
    Under $500 used. Thinking about just having him pick up the Nashbar 29er the next time they have a 25% promo, but wanted to see what else was out there. Been scouring Craigs and pinbike, just looking for some more ideas.

    If I can find him something better used I will.
    i owned the Nashbar SS 29er (used off craigslist for $250) for about a month before i upgraded to a Kona Unit. the Nashbar was ok and did it's job and was fun enough that i knew i wanted a nice rigid SS because i really liked it and wanted to continue to do it. (but it was not a long term ownership bike for me. just a cheap, risk free way to try SS. i knew that going in)

    however, it was a punishing ride. the aluminum frame and 2.1 tires (on narrow rims) beat the crap out of you. I quickly sold it for even money and was hugely impressed with the difference in ride quality from a cromo frame and stans flow rims with 2.3/2.4 tires. not to mention i really like the geometry better, and the quick steering.

    my opinion: if you can hold out till you find a steel framed bike, you will be much happier in the long run and not have to upgrade down the line.
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Thanks everyone for the ideas. Here's to hoping I can find him a decent ride. Cheers.

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    My pick out of the ones mentioned would be a Redline Monocog 29. The regular version, not Flight. Loved that bike and wish I still had it. Karate Monkey would be #2.

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    Dantheman66,

    I emailed Jamis back in March if they had any left over SS frames and to my suprise they had 2 frames in their New Jersey warehouse a 2012 Large and a 2013 Large, I called a local Jamis dealer and had them get it for me, I picked the 2013.Used and discontinued SS suggestions-seat-post-008.jpg

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