Which singlespeed to buy?

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  1. Surlyburly

    Surlyburly Guest

    I am looking to get into the singlespeed game. I have it narrowed down to 2 bikes - the Surly 1x1
    and the new Surly Karate Monkey 29"er.

    The 29"er looks cool, but I'm not sure my only singlespeed bike should be a 29" one. I have been
    warned by some that it will not be as good in tight situations. Plus, it seems a little more
    difficult to find 29" options for tires/wheels etc. (not to mention there would be no sharing of
    parts from my other bikes)

    The 1x1 appears to be a solid favorite of my buddies. However, I'm having a hard time finding one or
    putting one together (at places like www.webcyclery.com)

    Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts? Go with the monkey? Anyone have any 1x1 bikes they
    love (and how is it built?)

    Thanks.

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  2. L Hays

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    "SurlyBurly" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I am looking to get into the singlespeed game. I have it narrowed down to 2 bikes - the Surly 1x1
    > and the new Surly Karate Monkey 29"er.
    >
    > The 29"er looks cool, but I'm not sure my only singlespeed bike should be a 29" one. I have been
    > warned by some that it will not be as good in tight situations. Plus, it seems a little more
    > difficult to find 29" options for tires/wheels etc. (not to mention there would be no sharing of
    > parts from my other bikes)
    >
    > The 1x1 appears to be a solid favorite of my buddies. However, I'm having a hard time finding one
    > or putting one together (at places like www.webcyclery.com)
    >
    > Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts? Go with the monkey? Anyone have any 1x1 bikes they
    > love (and how is it built?)
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >
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    What about the Instigator? The frame feels much more solid than the Karate Monkey.

    Lance
     
  3. SurlyBurly wrote:
    > I am looking to get into the singlespeed game. I have it narrowed down to 2 bikes - the Surly 1x1
    > and the new Surly Karate Monkey 29"er.

    If I had to do it again <TODAY> I'd get the Karate Monkey.

    I've ridden SS's and 29'ers, and loved both, but there was no such thing as a 29'SS when I was
    ready to buy

    > The 29"er looks cool, but I'm not sure my only singlespeed bike should be a 29" one.

    My good bud just ordered one, I'll be test riding it soon ;-)

    > I have been warned by some that it will not be as good in tight situations.

    Were these warnings from actual owners&riders or folks who "read it in a magazine or on the
    internet"?

    > Plus, it seems a little more difficult to find 29" options for tires/wheels etc.

    The price you pay to be "ahead of the curve" You should have seen what I had to go through to get
    disc-brakes on a cyclocross bike ;-)

    > (not to mention there would be no sharing of parts from my other bikes)

    what's there to share, it's a SS!

    > The 1x1 appears to be a solid favorite of my buddies.

    they are well regarded.

    > Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts? Go with the monkey? Anyone have any 1x1 bikes they
    > love (and how is it built?)

    I've got a stock Redline MonoCog w/a modified seat-tube (reamed out to
    27.2 ... long story, don't ask ;-) and a Thomson seatpost. love it, but it's still go for a karate
    Monkey if I could do it all again.
     
  4. Gopherhockey

    Gopherhockey Guest

    How does this setup look to you singlespeed experts... would you change anything?

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    Complete Karate Monkey for $900. It will be rigid with a Truvativ Stylo SS crank, Truvativ ISIS bb,
    Shimano freewheel, SRAM chain, Deore M510 brakes and levers, Cane Creek STS headset, Kalloy UNO
    post, Surly/Delgado wheels, Salsa Moto Ace Stem and Bar, Salsa grips, WTB Speed V saddle, and WTB
    Nanoraptors tire.

    Now if you only want to go with the front disc you would be looking at $965. That would be an XT
    disc hub laced to a Salsa Delgado.

    The Marzocchi would be an additional $330 for the MX Comp 29” fork.

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  5. Erikee

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    I built up a single speed using several parts purchased from webcyclery.com. That site helped me
    quite a bit. I converted a Trek 850. You can read about it here:
    http://www.mudhen.net/singlespeed.htm

    I highly recommend it.

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    "SurlyBurly" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]...
    > I am looking to get into the singlespeed game. I have it narrowed down to 2 bikes - the Surly 1x1
    > and the new Surly Karate Monkey 29"er.
    >
    > The 29"er looks cool, but I'm not sure my only singlespeed bike should be a 29" one. I have been
    > warned by some that it will not be as good in tight situations. Plus, it seems a little more
    > difficult to find 29" options for tires/wheels etc. (not to mention there would be no sharing of
    > parts from my other bikes)
    >
    > The 1x1 appears to be a solid favorite of my buddies. However, I'm having a hard time finding one
    > or putting one together (at places like www.webcyclery.com)
    >
    > Does anyone have any suggestions or thoughts? Go with the monkey? Anyone have any 1x1 bikes they
    > love (and how is it built?)
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    >
    >
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