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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 01-15-07, 10:52 AM   #1
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yet another comparisson

This may be better suited for the MTB forum, I'm not sure.

I'm lusting after singlespeed mountain bikes right now. Fixies have ruined me. Every time I get on my geared XC bike to bomb down the trails on the weekend, I keep thinking how much fun it'd be with one gear.

I may have narrowed my focus down to either the IRO Mia or a RedLine Monocog.

I've read a lot of stuff about the Monocog here on the forums and it seems like a good option. Does anyone have any experience with the Mia?

I don't know if I need a 29er. I mean, it'd be 'cool' and whatnot, but how practical is it? I'm a fairly tall guy, 6'2, so I may be able to put it to use.

I ride mostly XC here in the Ozarks. I tend to abuse my mountain bikes fairly well.

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Old 01-15-07, 12:00 PM   #2
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I know nowt about those bike but if your a big guy and abuse mountain ikes rememner that bigger wheels are weaker for the same quality of wheels. Stick with 26" if you are woried about strength.
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I can't tell you about the new monocogs, but I have the '06 aluminum monocog Flight and it's awesome (fair warning health and weather mean that I've only taken it on trails twice since I got it, but it was great both times). I also put a suspension fork on it right away. It's pretty light, and handles nicely, and can take both disc and rim brakes (I think the new cro-mo flights are disc only). If you plan to be rough on the bike or jump off of things, you should get 26" wheels since they're stronger.

the most recent pic here is of the redline, the fork is a rock shox tora set for 80mm of travel.
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