Somehow, I got the great idea to commit to 8+ MTB races this summer. Since I'm kind of hard on equipment, I'd sort of like to get a backup bike. Unfortunately, those 8+ races are going to eat up a lot of my bike budget for the year...
The concept of a single speed 29er always intrigued me and I'm not above playing as many of the Clyde/SS/29er cards as possible to find an empty spot on the podium. Plus they're kind of cheap.
So my first concern is obviously wheels- there's a lot more wheel there to bend and break. Any experience with stock 29er or aftermarket wheelsets?
I've also been pleasantly surprised by the ride provided by the steel fork on my 'cross bike and would seriously consider going with a rigid fork on a SS 29er. Curious how that's worked out for others as well.
So if anybody has some insight to share with a 205 pounder who's only chance to make up time is completely bombing the downhills, I'd love to hear it.