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Old 03-10-04, 11:11 PM   #1
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Ritchey WCS bars, stem, and seatpost

Hey, I'm going to be getting a Redline MonoCog. Has anybody heard anything about the wcs mountain groupo from Ritchey? If so, I would like to hear your opinions.

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The Redline Mono Cog Singlespeed Mountainbike $429.95 Complete!
Note, Redline does not permit Internet sales,
so you'll have to visit us in West Newton, Massachusetts to buy one of these.

Click for Larger Image (2001 model shown. 2002 is similar, but comes in black only.)

Why should a singlespeed be expensive?
Singlespeeds don't have all that gear junk, multiple chainwheels, derailers, shifters, cassettes and so forth, why should they be expensive? The Redline Mono Cog isn't! Sure, the 100% double-butted cromoly frame isn't as light as unobtanium, but at $449.95, the whole bike costs less than many high-end singlespeed frames.
Did you have (or lust for) a Redline BMX bike when you were a kid? Why grow up!

This is a bike for pure fun, built to take rough use. The TIG welded frame is both strong and light, with an extra reinforcement gusset at the critical head-tube/down-tube joint.

I THINK IT IS A WAISTE OF MONEY!
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The Redline Mono Cog Singlespeed
Note, Redline does not permit Internet sales,
so you'll have to visit us in West Newton, Massachusetts to buy one of these.
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The WCS line from Ritchey is a hifh end grupppo. Light, functions very well, and has a bunch intelligence behind the material selection and manufacturing. Ritchey is not reaaly known to produce crap. After all he is one of the "founding father's" of MTB'ng.
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Ritchey makes great stuff, it's more lightweight XC focused, so I don't own any for my style of riding, but it's nice stuff.

As far as the Monocog. My good friend rides one and it's a great bike. It's relatively light for a steel frame and handles well, well balanced and strong. It's simplistic design and budget make this a great SS bike.

The ONLY issue, and it's not a big issue. Is that the rear end spacing is 110mm, not the standard 135mm. So, you MUST use a BMX type rear hub. Not a biggie, but if you upgrade your wheels keep that in mind.

The other thing to consider upgrading when the time comes are the cranks. The MonoCog comes stock with 175mm cranks. Most SS guys I know run longer cranks for better leverage on the climbs. Consider running 180 length.

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wcs is Ritchey's top level parts line,
they also have severe condition line.
http://www.ritcheylogic.com/

Sorry..yes they are very good components, I doubt anybody claims better, though you certainly can find cheaper.
And cheaper means not as reliable.

If I was building up a new mtb frame I would be using Ritchey components where poss.

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The Redline Mono Cog Singlespeed Mountainbike...

...I THINK IT IS A WAISTE OF MONEY!
That's because you've never ridden a Mono Cog. That bike is a blast!

I say go with the steel frame on this one...it just feels right.
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What about a Thompson post and a Thompson stem? What do you goes think about that? Would that be a better/comparable/worse set up?

Let me know what you think
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Big fan of Thomson (notice lack of the letter "p" in the correct spelling)!

I own several seatposts and stems. I have a post on each of my bikes and have two stems.

You really can't get much better than a Thomson Elite Seatpost. Lightweight, great clamp, good looking too!

As far as their stems. They work, and you don't have the bolts sticking out the back where you could scrap your knee against them and cut yourself.

My only complaint, and it's a minor one is the bolts are 4mm heads. Would prefer a bigger bolt with a 5mm head.

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