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    where have all the SS's gone?

    i am in the market for a new 29er to use as a winter commuter/gravel grinder and i started trolling the usual suspects - Jamis, KHS, specialized, norco, GT - and their websites [at least here in canada] all appear to have dropped 29er SS's from their lines -

    admittedly divorce/custody battles have kept me out of the new bike market for some time now, but is this a new trend? the SS movement limited to urban hipsters now and they have forgotten the riders looking for simplicity?

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    My guess would be the market is just not there for the bigger brands. You might see frames from them with options to run SS, but dedicated is a hard sale for them. Boutique builders I'd also suspect are making the majority of sales in this area as most long term SS riders know what they want. Just speculating here, but normally lack of options in any market is due to the size of the market.

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    Maybe it's a sign, dave, that you should get a SSCX bike for commuting and gravel grinding duties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskaranddriver View Post
    Maybe it's a sign, dave, that you should get a SSCX bike for commuting and gravel grinding duties.
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    Trek/Gary Fisher have 29er SS that are awsome either the Rig or Superfly..or Niner has the Air 9 carbon

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    There's the Raleigh XXIX, the Kona Unit, The REDLINE BICYCLES MTB available in 3 versions including a belt drive.

    So there are some companies that aren't ready to throw in the towel yet.

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    Here is the topic I made - again not trying to spam - http://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/n...ml#post8515273

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    ****ing really? What happened to the test forum? Instead of spamming us with a whole lot of useless ****ing ****. If I ever had the urge to neg rep anyone, it would be you. Don't blame the forum, learn how to use it properly, for ****'s sake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave66 View Post
    i am in the market for a new 29er to use as a winter commuter/gravel grinder and i started trolling the usual suspects - Jamis, KHS, specialized, norco, GT - and their websites [at least here in canada] all appear to have dropped 29er SS's from their lines -

    admittedly divorce/custody battles have kept me out of the new bike market for some time now, but is this a new trend? the SS movement limited to urban hipsters now and they have forgotten the riders looking for simplicity?
    Can't speak for the rest, but the big S seem to be rolling out there SS frames rather slowly. They have the 2012 Carve and Stumpjumper 29 SS frames online now in the Australia region. If it is there, it should be able to be obtained in Canada.

    Either way, good luck with the hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shalom View Post
    ****ing really? What happened to the test forum? Instead of spamming us with a whole lot of useless ****ing ****. If I ever had the urge to neg rep anyone, it would be you. Don't blame the forum, learn how to use it properly, for ****'s sake.
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    I love my Inbred. On One is still keeping SS alive. The new El Mariachi gets rave reviews as well.


    Haven't heard from Soul Cycles in a while but thats another option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr.morton View Post
    Here is the topic I made - again not trying to spam - http://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/n...ml#post8515273
    You're hijacking the thread and behaving badly - chill out

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    OMG. My boyfriend is pretty dumb, but he wouldn't write anything you dumb shits are writing on this thread. Eat my ass.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchMarge View Post
    OMG. My boyfriend is pretty dumb, but he wouldn't write anything you dumb shits are writing on this thread. Eat my ass.
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    I see SS's all the time on ebay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchMarge View Post
    OMG. My boyfriend is pretty dumb, but he wouldn't write anything you dumb shits are writing on this thread. Eat my ass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dave66 View Post
    i am in the market for a new 29er to use as a winter commuter/gravel grinder and i started trolling the usual suspects - Jamis, KHS, specialized, norco, GT - and their websites [at least here in canada] all appear to have dropped 29er SS's from their lines -

    admittedly divorce/custody battles have kept me out of the new bike market for some time now, but is this a new trend? the SS movement limited to urban hipsters now and they have forgotten the riders looking for simplicity?
    Specialized offers a carbon only Stumpy SS frame.

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    Cannondale is offering a SS 29'er for 2012 that retails for around $800

    http://www.cannondale.com/2012-trail-sl-29er-3r-20670

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ArchMarge View Post
    OMG. My boyfriend is pretty dumb, but he wouldn't write anything you dumb shits are writing on this thread. Eat my ass.
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    You marry her. You marry her now!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArchMarge View Post
    Eat my ass.
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    The bigger question is this: is the single speed movement starting to fade? I don't see many other SSers on the trails anymore. Given that many companies are dropping SS frames from their line ups, is that another sign that SS has reached it's zenith and is on the way down?
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    They Are All In My Garage.

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    like a few others said, "used" might be a good choice - it was for me AND it was cheaper.........
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    depending on the size you're looking for, someone in the KHS forum was selling one (LG size) earlier this summer and he didn't seem to be getting any bites........you might try to contact him............
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    Quote Originally Posted by mr_chrome View Post
    depending on the size you're looking for, someone in the KHS forum was selling one (LG size) earlier this summer and he didn't seem to be getting any bites........you might try to contact him............
    I'm not sure that was really the point of the OP but good to know.
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    I think its a combination of a bad economy and a niche market. Why would the big manufacturers invest time, money and effort into models that they may only sell a few hundred of (if that)?
    With the bad economy, the bike manufacturers are tightening up their line-ups to maximize their profitability.

    Is SS fading? I doubt it. The SSers are out in force on my local trails every day. I saw a big group today of 10+ riders, all on SS's. And the local race scene for SS is huge. Anecdotal of course, but thats all I have to go off of.
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