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2002 Redline Monocog vs Gravity 27five

Old 11-08-17, 02:46 PM
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2002 Redline Monocog vs Gravity 27five

Looking to buy an inexpensive single speed for a commuter. Under $500. I don't want a 700c/29er, would like something a little smaller and more nimble. I was looking for 26ers and came across an 02 Monocog that apparently has been garaged for the last 15 years and is in like new condition. It appears to be the case from the pics posted online. Then I came across the Gravity 27five on bikesdirect. It's not a 26 but a 27.5 which I guess I would be cool with. Have never ridden a 27.5...I can get it for $350 shipped and the Redline for $400 shipped but would try to talk the guy down to $350. I plan to run the Marathon Plus tire because goatheads are a problem in my area. The tire is only available in 1.5" for the 27.5, much more size options for the 26ers. I don't know how big of tire the Monocog can run...anyone?

So any opinions on which to go for? The Monocog is chromoly with v-brakes. The 27five is aluminum with tektro novela discs. Amazon reviews say those discs are terrible. Any concerns with a bike that's been garaged for 15 years? They are about the best deals I could come up with but if anyone knows of something as good or better I'm all ears. Thanks for any help!
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Old 11-10-17, 07:38 PM
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For commuting I don't think you would have an issue with tektro brakes. Their stopping power is weak for a disc which is why they get awful reviews. Brakes aside the larger 27.5 wheel when up to speed will roll easier than the 26 giving you a better ride. Mind you this is all relative as you haven't ridden either bike yet.
That said I think those prices are WAY too high. For a single speed bike with an entry level fork you should be in for 2-250.
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Originally Posted by stykthyn View Post
For commuting I don't think you would have an issue with tektro brakes. Their stopping power is weak for a disc which is why they get awful reviews. Brakes aside the larger 27.5 wheel when up to speed will roll easier than the 26 giving you a better ride. Mind you this is all relative as you haven't ridden either bike yet.
That said I think those prices are WAY too high. For a single speed bike with an entry level fork you should be in for 2-250.
Thanks for the reply. I got the Monocog but got it down to $275
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