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Old 01-24-10, 03:35 PM   #1
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Ss 29" mtb?

I'm considering getting a single speed 29" MTB.

I've looked at Raleigh XXIX, GT Peace 9er, and the Surley Karate Monkey.

I like to keep my target price between $500-$750. Do you have any opinions on these or other bikes I may be overlooking as an entry to a 29" ride?
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Old 01-24-10, 06:50 PM   #2
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...tcast29_08.htm - This is the one I keep looking at. For $349, with a set of slicks, it'd be a fun one to bomb around the city on.
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Old 01-24-10, 07:04 PM   #3
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Surly Karate Monkey. Regret selling mine everyday. Most versatile if you ever want to run gears.
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if you can't afford a KM maybe a redline monocog?

even cheaper and definitely still fun on the trails is an se stout.

i do enjoy riding my fixed bike on the street but my ss 29er is what i really enjoy riding. being out in the woods is so much nicer than fighting traffic.
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Marin makes a FG/SS 29er that is pretty inexpensive IIRC.
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http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...tcast29_08.htm - This is the one I keep looking at. For $349, with a set of slicks, it'd be a fun one to bomb around the city on.
the '10 is so much nicer though. disc brakes, sliding droputs, front suspension

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...utcast29_x.htm

i'm feeling the deadeye though, just want a different fork and disc brakes:
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/deadeye.htm

or this:
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/..._cliff29_1.htm
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The karate monkey complete is awesome and not a bad deal for the parts but it tends to be closer to a grand. Monocog is OK, but IMO the monocog flight is worth it for the better parts, geometry, and ability to run gears.

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the '10 is so much nicer though. disc brakes, sliding droputs, front suspension

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...utcast29_x.htm
The new outcast frame is better, because it at least has disc mounts, but the fork and brakes are both pretty poor. BD should have ditched the dart3 for a rigid fork and used the savings to equip it with at least BB5s, better yet BB7s.
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I rode a Soul Cycles Dillinger for a while before I realized 29" wasn't for me. Badass frame; Easton ultralite front triangle, EBB for gears or SS, rigid cromo fork, discs or v's, 31.6mm seattube, hydroformed stays. My roommate has the Moto Outcast, it's ok too and pretty cool because it has sliders is you want to run SS. Can't beat the price either.

Vassago makes a sweet SS 29er, check out the Jabberwocky. I'd get that if I could do it over again. Also take a look at the Misfit Cycles Dissent, that frame is totally sick if you don't mind a weird bent top tube. The redline 'cog is tried and trued, but in reality, it's a $19 chinese frameset, according to Chad at soul cycles. The GT is eh, avoid the Konas and Gary Fishers. The Bianchi SOK is really nice for a big name company.

If you have alot of money and want bling points, check out the Sinister Simon bar.

The downside to the Surly KM is that it seems like everyone on a 29er rides a monocog or a KM. It's still a nice frame though.

Here's my now-sold dillinger:

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