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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 11-13-05, 09:55 AM   #1
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Karate monkey or 1x1?

I know, What bike should I get threads are lame,but I want to add another Surly to the fleet. I'm torn, I rode a Salsa Dos Niner in Vegas this year, and it rocked, but it was on western single track. I live in Ohio,and ride East coast single track. I take my cross-check on some flatter trails and it sems okay but the KM's got a shorter back end so it should handle more like a 26". If I get the 1x1 I already have all the parts for. I hate bikes, and I hate thinking about them. Any ways I'm planning a trip to CO next year and this will probably be the Bike I take. If any one has any suggestion let me know, East or West. "One is all you need" Thanx
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Old 11-13-05, 10:00 AM   #2
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woah there.
I think you should get a monkey. for many reasons that I feel like keeping to myself.
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Old 11-13-05, 10:03 AM   #3
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I've went over to the 29" side. I think they make more sense and are more comfy.

How tall are you and how advanced/technical are the trails you like to ride?
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Old 11-13-05, 10:19 AM   #4
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I'm 6'1" I can handle about anything, I lived in in CO back in the 90's and I've lived In MD So I've ridde both extremes.
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Old 11-13-05, 11:21 AM   #5
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If you have all the parts for the 1x1, then I'd go for it. (By parts are you referring to fork and wheels?)

I was trying to find a good 29" pros/cons webpage I have previously seen, but I could not find it.
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I would say 1x1, just because you have the parts for it and it would be a shame to see them just lying around.
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have a look at twentyniner.net I'd say go for the monkey. Way more versatile.
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what about an older Bianchi SS or Redline Monocog?
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I'm a surly fan I already have a Intstigator and a Cross-check, I have a Giant XTC that is currently a single speed, but she's getting tired. I've thinking about the 853 niner, But I love my Surlys
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Get the Monkey and spank it. A good 29er can handle the twistiest of trails and still smoothe out the ride.
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I have a karate monkey, awesome frame

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Get the monkey. "All the parts" for your 1x1 should be usable for the KM, with the exception of rims (or wheels, if they're already built up). Put together a set of Formula discs and Salsa Delgados and you are all set. Plus, you can turn it into a road bike if you ever get sick of it.
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Ya'll make me happy in my choice of a 29er. It's in the works, form Spicer!
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Man if they made some 29" hookworms, I would fix one and that would be one badass urban everything bike.
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Man if they made some 29" hookworms, I would fix one and that would be one badass urban everything bike.
They're not hookworms, but I've got a pair of 700x60 big apples on the way. They oughtta make the monkey a pretty scary urban contender.
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