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Old 10-05-08, 07:56 PM   #1
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Would this make a decent winter bike?

I know its steel but I'm looking for an inexpensive single speed for the winter. I'd prefer disc brakes though. What do you think.

http://www.konaworld.com/09_humu_u.cfm
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Old 10-05-08, 11:09 PM   #2
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I like it. Seems sort of pricey for such a simple bike though. Why not just convert some old junker to ss?

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Expensive and ugly...

If you want a SS get one off of craiglist. Do the same or check pawn shops for a mountain bike, but don't get that ugly thing.
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450 dollars s expensive?

But I'd rather get a Redline Monocog and change the gearing. Hubs and frame are disc compatible, too
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Old 11-14-08, 06:42 PM   #5
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You could probably build up a Redline Monocog for about the same money by buying clearance stuff from Price Point and Nashbar and have better wheels and disk brakes. But there is no reason why that bike would not work with the right tires.
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isn't the monocog a 29er, can you get fenders and studs for it?
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I'd love to expose one of those bikes to constant slushy road salt and sand. LOL

I'd just rather pay say... 15 bucks instead of $400. $400 is a little bit steep for a bike that should ultimately be considered disposable. Saginaw isn't that harsh but here in the U.P. our winter would chew that sweet little bike up and spit it out.
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isn't the monocog a 29er, can you get fenders and studs for it?
There are two versions of the Monocog. A 26 & 29'er. The 26 incher is only about 100-120 bucks. The 29'er is more expensive. For winter riding the smaller frame is preferred by many, perhaps even the majority of winter riders. And there is a much greater selection of winter specific tires in 26 inch.
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I'd probably go with more non-ferrous parts for a dedicated winter rig. And disc brakes.

I would not, however, ride in winter traffic conditions with a bike I paid $15 for. But whatever.
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And there is a much greater selection of winter specific tires in 26 inch.
Well, in 29/622, there is the Nokian Extreme 294 if you want an aggressive tire, and at least Nokian W240 and W106; Schwable Snow Stud and Marathon Winter and something whose name I forget from Continental. In the end, you only need one good tire, millions of mediocre ones don't much of a selection make.
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