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Old 11-05-09, 06:25 PM   #1
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29er SS Help needed

I rode my first mountain bike in years the other day and loved it. Then I rode a 29er SS and . Unfortunately the one I rode I cannot afford...Gary Fisher Superfly. I am searching as I type this, but would appreciate any help from the audience to which bikes are available in the 29er SS config I am seeking. I'd like a 2009 close out so I can save some $$$. I wouldn't mind paying a little over a $1000-1500 for a quality ride. Suggestions on close-outs? I ride a 58 on the road, does this equate to a 19(?) on the trail? FWIW I rode a 17 which was a little too small, and sat on a different brand's 21 that felt enormous. Thanks for the help/advice.
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Old 11-05-09, 07:17 PM   #2
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I have a Redline Monocog Flight. It's a steelie 29er SS. If I'm not mistaken, it retails for less than $1000. There's also a non-flight version with different steel so it's a bit lighter on the wallet and heavier but I doubt you'd ever know on the trail. Check around for one of those.
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Old 11-06-09, 01:11 AM   #3
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Buy used, let someone else take the depreciation hit, plus they most likely made a few upgrades which will also save you some money. I've seen some sweet Gary Fisher Rig 29er's going for between $600-850 on CL. Just something to think about...
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Old 11-06-09, 07:24 AM   #4
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I think you can get a Vassago Jabberwocky or Bandersnatch built up for around $1000. Jabb is SS, Band is geared. Most people ride them rigid, but factor in another $400 for a Reba and you're good.
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Old 11-06-09, 09:20 AM   #5
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It might be a bit harder to find, but I saw at my LBS a 2008 Bianchi Sok 29er SS, with a Reba, on clearance for $1000 even. I was quite tempted. My best advice would be to just check out some shops and see what they have, if you want to buy locally.

As for size, try some bikes and see how they feel, but if a 17 feels small and a 21 big, 19 would be a good starting point. For what it's worth, I ride a 58cm on road and a 19" mountain bike.
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Old 11-06-09, 12:53 PM   #6
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The KHS Solo-One is a single speed 29er thats decently spec-ed for about $680: http://www.khsbicycles.com/02_solo-one_09.htm
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Bianchi is a good bet, like the poster above said

Plus, the GF rig. is around that price (holy ****, the GF website is annoying) and the same place that carried the superfly probably carries that

I ride a 58-59 on the road, and always try and ride 20'' or so MTBs. Although, those number don't mean much. I try to size by effective top tube.
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Old 11-06-09, 01:56 PM   #8
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Git yourself a Vassago Jabberwocky from www.addictivecycles.com. Those guys kick ass and I love my Jabber.
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That Vassago website reads like Ed wrote it. Seriously, it's pretty entertaining, and the bikes look awesome, but all the devil references do make me a little uncomforable.
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I am going to a larger bike shop tomorrow. Wish me luck...
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I am not into that either.
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That Vassago website reads like Ed wrote it. Seriously, it's pretty entertaining, and the bikes look awesome, but all the devil references do make me a little uncomforable.
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I am not into that either.
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Rocky Mountain Hammer 29...you can get them in a SS, check it out
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You won't go wrong buying a Rig, with G2 it will handle like the Superfly.
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Any thoughts on the Felt Nine Solo?
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If it fits you and you like like it, go for it. spec is fine, felt is a good company
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I love my Monocog Flight 29er, I built it from the frame up for around $700, but it's still running the rigid fork. Shop hard and you can get a decent suspension for for around $300. The rig is a decent bike for what you get.

Did I mention that I love my Redline?
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you should be able to go to your local specialized dealer and get a 2009 rockhopper expert 29ss for less than a grand....if they don't have one, they should still be able to order one.
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