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Old 06-20-2013, 01:34 PM   #31
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I want one. But seriously, I've got a Raleigh XXIX, 2009 model that was pretty much new, picked it up from a guy on craigslist for ~$300 in April. Love the thing. Complements my geared 26er well.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:26 AM   #32
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A buddy just got this:

REAL NICE.

One of the Neater features is the seat that goes up and down with the quick release lever on the bars... Great idea for getting it out of the way when yer standing up and letting the bike move under you...

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Old 06-21-2013, 09:57 AM   #33
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A buddy just got this:

REAL NICE.

One of the Neater features is the seat that goes up and down with the quick release lever on the bars... Great idea for getting it out of the way when yer standing up and letting the bike move under you...


If you are dropping three large on a bike, yeah that is a good one.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:34 AM   #34
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If you are dropping three large on a bike, yeah that is a good one.

No shit,. He works for the Government so money is not a problem....

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Old 06-21-2013, 04:55 PM   #35
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No shit,. He works for the Government so money is not a problem....


Whatever, they don't make that much, I've turned down more than one offer for a GS position...half because of money, and half because of travel. If I wanted to pull +60% travel I would have just stayed in the military.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:05 PM   #36
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If you go with a bike with Easton Wheels, recommend you have spare spokes ON HAND! I have a Kona King Kahuna and I popped spokes a couple of times, finding replacement spokes was impossible locally. That sucks when you're on a 10 day vacation in Garmisch and the Black Forest, I should have figured that out when I lost one at home.....
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:15 PM   #37
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For a rigid bike I love my Surly Karate Monkey. The complete bikes are single speed though. It will accept gears, but you will need a different rear hub. This bike doesn't care if it has a suspension fork or rigid, rides the same either way. And most rigid 29ers are single speed.
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:26 PM   #38
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For a rigid bike I love my Surly Karate Monkey. The complete bikes are single speed though. It will accept gears, but you will need a different rear hub. This bike doesn't care if it has a suspension fork or rigid, rides the same either way. And most rigid 29ers are single speed.
Stoopid question time...on the single speeds, do you have to pedal continually or can you coast?
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:44 PM   #39
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Stoopid question time...on the single speeds, do you have to pedal continually or can you coast?
I imagine there are a few hardcores that would ride a fixie onto the trail, but generally you'll find a freewheeling hub.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:37 PM   #40
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I imagine there are a few hardcores that would ride a fixie onto the trail, but generally you'll find a freewheeling hub.
Okay - "fixie" means fixed hub so pedals have to move if rear wheel's moving...freewheeling means like the old single speed bikes I rode as a kid: you can "coast"...that about right?
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:40 PM   #41
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How about the Giant Revel 0


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Specification Description
Frame Giant ALUXX butted-aluminum
Fork Rock Shox XC28 w/lockout, 100mm-travel
Rims/Wheels Giant XC, aluminum
Hubs Formula, disc
Spokes 14G stainless-steel
Tires Giant XC Trail, 26 x 2.1
Crankset Shimano
Chainrings 42/32/22
Front Derailleur SRAM X5
Rear Derailleur SRAM X5
Rear Cogs SRAM PG830, 8-speed: 11-32
Shifters SRAM X4
Handlebars Giant Sport, aluminum
Stem Giant Sport Aluminum
Brake Levers Tektro aluminum
Brakes Avid BB5 mechanical disc, 6-inch rotors
Pedals Aluminum platform
Saddle Giant Sport Trail
Seatpost Giant Sport, aluminum
Supposedly $759 locally...
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:48 PM   #42
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yeh, fixies don't coast. Fine for some, not for me.

I have a ponderosa 29 that has been a real tank- way better bike than me, good-not-great components, solid performer. Removed the big ring and replaced with a chain guard (never used it, tears up my right calf when having to dance around. Spent under 1k new,.don't regret it.

Might even be for sale....

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Old 06-21-2013, 11:06 PM   #43
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If you're just cruising around town and dirt roads (no hardcore single track), a rigid 29er is a pretty good bike. The Karate Monkey is a good option, but exceeds your budget, though if you're into the idea you can find a frameset and build it yourself in your budget, single speed or 1x10 or 3x10 or whatever you'd prefer.

The Redline Monocog is a great bike in your budget if you're willing to ride a single speed. They also make the D series with gears and squishy forks, but the component spec doesn't look too hot until the higher end models.

There's always craigslist.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:26 PM   #44
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I went to a local shop and they had the Revel 0 there...with Suntour forks.

The shops mtn bike guy recommended the Mahuna over the Giant, saying the Kona frame is stronger. He admitted the forks (Suntour) on the Mahuna would be at their limit.

He checked with the shops mechanic who suggested I steer clear of 29ers altogether (unless I'm willing to go into high end bikes/wheels ($$$$)) and stay with a 26er...which brings me back to my Blast.

Another option he suggested is the Giant Seek 3.



The only weak link on this bike might be the wheels...but it's not made to jump logs and bash over rocks and I would ride it as a roadbike anyway (as it looks like my Blast is a better offroad bike (in this price range) than I had given it credit).

The Seek supposedly has an extremely stout frame, rigid forks (I don't mind that) and is cheaper than the Mahuna or Revel.

Anyone know how hard/$$ it would be to upgrade wheels on that if they did prove to be too weak?
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:33 PM   #45
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Anyone know how hard/$$ it would be to upgrade wheels on that if they did prove to be too weak?
Pretty darn easy. Just buy or build a set that fits and slap it on - no time at all. The $$$ is all up to you. You can dump big money on wheels or you can stay sane. Tire changes are just like moto tires if you used tubed tires in your moto - just much easier. Most of my tires will go on without any tools.
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