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Old 05-19-2009, 11:06 AM   #1
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Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

I'm looking for a single speed mountain bike to play around with and ride the 3 miles to work a few days a week. Not looking to spend more than $400, but I definitely want something of quality that will take a beating. Suggestions?
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Old 05-19-2009, 01:08 PM   #2
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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

a used redline monocog 26" will run you 300-400 on craigslist. a new one is about $500.

check out the singlespeed reviews on Mountain Bike Review, MTBR.com
http://www.mtbr.com/cat/bikes/single...S_1533crx.aspx
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MTBR aslo has a good forum for bike and frame discussions if you need help choosing:
http://forums.mtbr.com/forumdisplay.php?f=48
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Old 05-19-2009, 11:26 PM   #3
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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

+1 for mtbr.com (WFS).

I have a Fixation by Fetish Cycles. It takes a ton of abuse, and has help up well.

Here is the review for it on mtbr.com (WFS)

You used to be able to find them on Ebay for pretty inexpensive.
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Old 05-20-2009, 11:53 AM   #4
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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

What would be the difference between the single speed mtb's and something more along the lines of bmx like from Haro?
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Old 05-20-2009, 12:43 PM   #5
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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

I have a redline 9 speed 29er, but the monocog 29er would be the same size and a bit less money. IIRC my local shop sells the single speed for 379 or 399.

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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

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What would be the difference between the single speed mtb's and something more along the lines of bmx like from Haro?
The bike geometry is different. This affects the handling and performance of the bike. The geometry of the bike reflects the intended riding purpose (BMX course vs. trail).
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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

I enjoy bunny hopping, going up curbs etc. Riding the MTB, will I still be able to have this kind of fun? Ive only ever ridden BMX bikes but I hadnt been on one for about 15 years until I got on to my neighbors Haro 20" the other day it was a real hoot and I was bake to hopping curbs and manhole covers in no time
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Old 05-20-2009, 03:14 PM   #8
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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

Where are you guys finding these monocog 29ers for under $400?

I just checked two different shops in my area one wanted over 800 the other wanted 950 for single speeds!?

I would kill to find one for under 400


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Old 05-20-2009, 09:20 PM   #9
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Re: Single Speed Mountain Bike Recommendation

build one up yourself. I've done a couple and they are tons of fun. I recommend getting a mtn bike off of craigs and spinning on a bmx freewheel. Have a look through www.fixedgeargallery.comYOU MUST ENSURE YOU ANNOTATE ALL LINKS WHETHER WORK AND FAMILY SAFE. iirc there are some tips on that page.

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I enjoy bunny hopping, going up curbs etc. Riding the MTB, will I still be able to have this kind of fun? Ive only ever ridden BMX bikes but I hadnt been on one for about 15 years until I got on to my neighbors Haro 20" the other day it was a real hoot and I was bake to hopping curbs and manhole covers in no time
For that kind of riding you are probably better off with a BMX bike.

I haven't been on a BMX bike in about 20 years (saying that that makes me feel old), and now want to go jump on one. Sounds fun.
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