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    new to singlespeed. help!

    hey, i'm looking to buy a new mountain bike and someone suggested a singlespeed to me. i need a bike to get around town and to do a little bit of xc riding, all in a relatively flat area. any suggestions or tips?

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    You need to be more specific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmahon
    hey, i'm looking to buy a new mountain bike and someone suggested a singlespeed to me. i need a bike to get around town and to do a little bit of xc riding, all in a relatively flat area. any suggestions or tips?
    Go with a bike with gears to start once everything starts breaking or not working right. Turn it into a single speed. Then the fixed urge will set in & before you know it you'll be a skinny tire fixed freak like the rest of us.
    Happy trails have fun.
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    If your looking for a complete cheap bike, the redline monocog is kinda cool... and it's available as a 29er. But if your gonna spend some money, I might second the surly 1x1. Gary Fisher for '06 though came out with a vertical dropout, disc compatible, steel, eccentric bb, with a derailer hanger hardtail. Its available as a frame or complete geared bike I believe (sram x9 maybe...?). That could be a cool route.
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    Rigid singlespeed MTB will suit you fine. Nice fat tires (2.3) should give you enough cushion, and the bike will be light, fast, and bomb-proof. You have lots of choices. Bikes mentioned above are great, but also look at:

    IRO Mia
    Bianchi M.U.S.S.
    On-One Inbred

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnee
    Rigid singlespeed MTB will suit you fine.
    Where is the OP from? Rigid is pretty unpleasant in some parts of the country but great for others. I tried it down here for a while and it wasn't really an option for me. Back home I would probably consider it if ss was a viable option. One of the guys I ride with does use a rigid but with a 3.0" front with really low pressure but that would be even worse then suspension on the road anyway.

    If you want a bike thats going to be locked up around town but still good on the trails I would go for the redline flight monocog. Its still really cheap but is Al so you don't have to worry about the paint when you lock it up.

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