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Old 03-25-07, 11:36 PM
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Any good no-suspension bikes?

I've been riding mountain bikes for a very long time (my first real mountain bike was a Jamis Dakota in the mid '80's) and BMX before that. I've never cared much for suspended bikes. Right now I'm riding a C'dale M400 because it was the nicest thing I could find with no front suspension. I do alot of slow,technical type riding. I love super tight switchbacks, rocks, logs etc. A local dealer showed me a bike that had a rigid fork installed in place of it's suspenders. To keep the geometry right, the forks were a little long. To me, it felt like a chopper! I also prefer steel. Maybe it's because I've spent so much time on steel bikes. To me, Aluminum just feels too stiff and "dead". Am I SOL?
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Raleigh makes a pretty nice rigid single speed thats steel.
http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?...=11&itemid=341
it's got 29 inch wheels though but with the disk brakes they wouldn't be hard to switch out.
dirt rag reviewed it too: http://www.dirtrag.com/print/article...=stuff_reviews
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seems a lot of folks are riding rigid steel bikes these days.. if you post your budget im sure youll get plenty of suggestions
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Thanks. I've been looking at the single speed bikes for awhile now. I rarely use more than 3 gears on any bike, and on the trail, I usually use just one. I wasn't aware Redline was still in business untill I saw your reply. I had a Redline BMX bike back in the late '70's. They were pretty expensive (1000.00+), but they were shweet. I checked their site and they have some pretty nice single speeds. Then I got kind of nostalgic (misty) and had to turn it off. Looks like another Redline may be in my future!
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Originally Posted by J_Dada
seems a lot of folks are riding rigid steel bikes these days.. if you post your budget im sure youll get plenty of suggestions
Don't really have a "Budget". I'm kind of used to spending money on myself to get exactly what I want. That way I'm not dissapointed and selling a few months later. Which, in the long run, is a whole lot more expensive. I used to have a fairly large motorcycle buget. I don't ride them anymore, so, the money is getting.. er.. re-directed..
Since I got the single speed seed planted in my head (thanks J_Dada), I've spent the last hour drooling over Ti framed bikes. I rode one in Germany about 15 years ago and loved it. Titanium has goten a little cheaper since then. Oh my,.... my wife's going to have a FIT!
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If you do decide to go with gears, and steel. You might take a look at Specialized's Stumpjumper classic. Old school, with new components. It can't weigh much, but probably not as light as SS / Titanium
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Originally Posted by born2bahick
If you do decide to go with gears, and steel. You might take a look at Specialized's Stumpjumper classic. Old school, with new components. It can't weigh much, but probably not as light as SS / Titanium
I'll look into it. I like Specialized's stuff. I had a Stumpjumper about 10 years ago.... Thanks!
Bummer... I just looked into it and it only comes in 19". I ride pretty small framed bikes. Probably from the BMXer in me. My C'dale is 16".
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Snoop around www.webcyclery.com. They've all types of rigid/single/29r stuff going on. Frames, kits, parts, everything.
They are quite personable and reliable too.

oops, posted under my roommates name again.
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