Strengths: out of the box, this bike is light, solid, and FAST. Redline put together an impressive mix of components at a crazy low cost. mine is the 2011 model
Weaknesses: BB started crapping out after about 700 miles. i mash the chit out of climbs and so i am not really surprised, or disappointed. the chain stay is also pretty narrow and wont fit anything bigger than a 2.1. also, standing around at the trail-head waiting for your friends to muck with gear and suspension settings will get old, as the Flight is ready to rock as soon as it comes off of the rack.
i hadnt ridden a MB since i was about 15, and was excited to get on a bike again, but i wasnt sure i'd be able to get the kind of seat-time that would justify a more expensive bike. one of my lycra wearing racing buddies has a base monocog as a "play" bike and recommended i get one. to make a long story short: in a matter of weeks i went from not being on MB for 20 years to competing and placing in XC races, on this bike.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 28, 2012
Strengths: Bike just lookz SMOOTH and it iz SOLID. I put 2001 MILEZ on it from when I received it FREE from REDLINE on 01/25/2011 until 12/31/2011 riding anywhere and everywhere here in AZ. Nothing has broken or been replaced, BEST BIKE I HAVE EVER OWNED, love it!!!
REDLINE makes solid mountain bikes, I LOVE the simplicity of the single speed and have ridden enough to be able to ride anywhere with one gear. LOVE the way the bike looks and feels and best of all it was FREE OF CHARGE!!!
Similar Products Used: Had a REDLINE D440 in 2010 and put 3738 MILES on that which earned me my FREE REDLINE MONOCOG FLIGHT 29ER. Loved that bike also but I did need to replace some things on that, but not much... REDLINE makes a great mountain bike, although honestly I only use my bikes for URBAN MOUNTAIN BIKING through the STREETZ...
Bike Setup: Standard in the package setup, although I just replaced the seat for a little more cushion.
a Cross Country Rider
from Austin, Texas, USA
Date Reviewed: November 9, 2011
Strengths: Great value, Good ride quality, Climbed well, The feel of Steel...
Weaknesses: None that i ran across. Performed well without glitches
This bike is a workhorse. Solid on the trail. Great feel from the Steel, solid climber. I had none of the issues mentioned previously regarding frames giving way. Mine is solid and i have ridden regularly in rough rocky technical terrain. My experience is positive and based on my time on the bike i could recommend it without issue - Especially for the price. Its a great value
Bike Setup: Reba 80mm fork, Tru Vativ Stylo crank, Stans Arch, BB7 Mech Brakes, Set up 1x9 with XO derailuer
a Cross Country Rider
from Lyons, CO USA
Date Reviewed: September 21, 2011
Strengths: Inexpensive, fun-handling, stable at speeds, good climber, not too flexy.
Weaknesses: Frame broke at down tube, just like so many other reviewers.
Super-fun and affordable bike that handled the Firecracker 50 as well as I did. Tire clearance could be better on the rear triangle, and the frame flexes a bit laterally, but the steel compliance is nice on the bumps - THAT IS UNTIL THE FRAME SNAPS!
Sorry Redline, but a down tube snapping in half during a descent is a deal breaker for me. I'm a 175lb XC rider who sticks to reasonable terrain. This is a rigid bike setup, so I wasn't hucking huge drops. I was merely descending a singletrack run when all of a sudden the bike folds underneath me like cheap lawn furniture.
Similar Products Used: This is the only rigid 29er I've owned.
Bike Setup: eXotic carbon forks, Truvativ Stylo cranks/BB, Sun-Ringle Charger Pro wheels, WTB SST2k saddle (that's right!), Single speed.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: July 13, 2011
Strengths: fun...rolls over anything...generally good geometry...
Weaknesses: weak steel...chainstays don't accommodate larger tires well...poor response time from manufacturer...
rear wheel wouldn't stay put in the dropouts...eventually found that the steel in the dropouts was warped...Redline warrantied the frame and at first sent a 26" replacement...big whoops on their part...eventually sent a new Flight 29er frame, after 5+ months of waiting. But hey, I got the new frame so thanks Redline. after 2 rides on the replacement frame, I'm starting to have the same problems I had with the defective frame. I'm frustrated that I can't go a ride without the rear wheel going out-of-whack, and sick of dealing with the problem. also, the rear triangle barely accommodates a 2.2 tire. It would be nice to have more wiggle-room back there for tire size.
I think I'll be bailing on this frame and shopping around for something else.
Bike Setup: custom ss build w/ ritchy, White Industries, Chris King, WTB, Shimano, and Avid components/accessories, plus Mary Bars.
a Cross Country Rider
from Anchorage, AK
Date Reviewed: June 22, 2011
Strengths: Great frame, good components for the money, solid bike, unbelievably fast & powerful & fun
Weaknesses: None yet
My 2011 Redline Monocog Flight SS 29er is a dream to ride. I picked up this bike from The Bicycle Shop in June and was a bit intimidated at first: how the hell was I going to make it up any hills with only one gear? Especially with these oversized tires!!
While not new to single-speed bikes (I’ve owned a Salsa Casserole SS for a couple years) I have never owned a 29er and didn’t know what to expect. The wheels are so large and the sprockets are so small!!
But after my first afternoon out on the bike I can tell you unequivocally that I am a huge fan of this bike. My 20 mile ride that afternoon took me all over the bike trails and single tracks that cover the lower Hillside. From Campbell Airstrip, up through Moose Meadows, this bike handled the rocks, roots and rolls of the trail with ease. Everything you hear or read about the ability of 29-inch wheels to roll over any obstacle in their path is completely true.
From Moose Meadow I turned to the more serious hill climbs of Spencer Loop and Llama Trail. Again, the bike handled all of this with ease. It wasn’t easy, mind you, and I did have to hop off the bike and hoof it up a particularly onerous incline (Wall Street) near the top of the Spencer Loop. But minus that one obstacle, the rest of the Hillside climbs were no match for the Monocog.
And let’s not forget the downhills: this is where the bike really screams. Riding the single track trails was never so much fun. The undulating terrain of Queen Bee and Killer Bee presented lots of opportunities for the bike to really open up. The 29-inch wheels handled the terrain with ease, and the steel frame did a good job — despite being a completely rigid frame — of absorbing bumps.
The 29er does handle differently than my old 26-inch steed, but it’s a snap to quickly learn how best to tame the larger tires and bike geometry. Once mastered, the bike corners and handles unbelievably well.
Everything on the bike is stock and I don’t have a single complaint. The bars are wide and give you plenty of leverage for corners and climbs. The pedals I purchased (the bike does not come with any) are Redline platforms with great cleats that really hold the foot in place. The wheels are terrific and the the brake system works great.
Favorite Trail: My backyard (the Chugach Mountains)
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: The Bicycle Shop
Similar Products Used: None
Bike Setup: Totally stock
a Cross Country Rider
from sacramento, ca
Date Reviewed: May 17, 2011
Weaknesses: bent rear end !
wouldnt by it! tried to warranty the bent frame and sent it back to mr baily at seatle bikes supply one week he said i was gonna get a new frame then a week later when i called to get a tracking number he said there isnt one yet because we are sending your bike back. i asked why, he said " because what we would be sending you wouldnt be any different then what yours is". mine wont fit anything bigger a the stock 2.1 wtb prowler sl. so thats why i wouldnt get a bike from them.
a Weekend Warrior
from Waterloo, ON, Canada
Date Reviewed: January 3, 2011
Strengths: Reliable, tough build. Great breaks. This bike really gets going downhill.
Is light compared to my friends 26ers with front suspension only.
Bike is very responsive, takes a while to get use to turning with these big wheels.
Lifetime warranty on frame and fork
The single gear is awesome, no tinkering with gear selectors
Weaknesses: In some instances a shock in the front will be great. Vibrations in really bumpy roads get to your arms, specially during winter in icy roads.
Handle bar feels and is huge, would prefer to have a smaller bar. I got screw by Redline on the handle bar since they changed the spec and I got the regular 29er handle bar.
Factory grips are junk
Dealing with Redline was not a nice experience
This is a great product for your money. For sure a second hand on ebay will save you some bucks but is rare to see them around, guess not many people want to part with them. I do not, this baby is a keeper. Some of my friends are already lining up to get this bike assign to them in my will!
Be ready to get your self in shape. Oh boy, did I ever course during the few times going up hill, well sometimes I still do, but once you get the hold of it look out! you will climb like a goat and the satisfaction feeling is awesome!
The guys are Sage cycle were great to deal with, for sure I would buy from them again. Buy from Redline? questionable see below
Redline service? what service?
During the purchase Redline screw my over the saddle and the handlebar, I made a fuss about it and the guys at sage were great but at the end I got screw with a cheaper saddle and Handlebar, NOT impress, specially after paying big box for this bike.
I will think twice before buying from Redline again, sad, really sad because this is a great product
Back to the bike:
The Chromoly frame and the lifetime warranty were the main reason that got me into this bike.
As an engineer I go with steel, Steel is king!
Yes aluminum is lighter and so on but steel is so much better for the following reasons:
1. Stronger material. In general, bikes made out of aluminum are only, if ever, slightly lighter than the steel counter parts since you need more material to obtain the same strength. So the gain is very little specially when you compare with a high strength exotic alloy like Chromoly
2. Stiffer material. I do not know why people say that Aluminum is stiffer?, they need to get their facts straight!
E= 210 MPa steel vs 70 MPa of Al,
E is the elasticity modulus and it is a description of how hard is to deform, or stretch, a material subjected to a given stress.
Without getting into details stiffness is always directly proportional to E and the geometry of the member!
What does this mean in practical terms?
a. If you have two identical frames one of Al and the other made of steel, the steel frame will be harder to deform.
b. Quality of ride. Ever wonder why you feel so beaten up after riding your bike?
The Al frame, being LESS stiffer, will resonate under low excitation, since the natural frequency is lower.
Vibrations will be better dampened by steel frames, and having higher natural frequencies that are harder to excite, they long term ride will be better.
3. In general, Steel is way cheaper than aluminum, and more environmentally friendly. Processing aluminum is not the nicest thing in terms of chemicals use and amount of energy. Somebody remember the slush leak in Hungary last year? Yep that was an aluminum processing facility.
Be careful with this bike on the downhill, it really gets going and if you need to make a sharp turn you may get your self in trouble. I did underestimated how fast the bike will go and paid with a broken hand.
Wear a helmet!!! I use full face and I can not stress enough how much safer it is! Do you like your face and teeth the way they are? think about that when you buy your helmet
Bike Setup: Factory, after 800 bucks it will be a while until I pour some money in this baby
a Cross Country Rider
from Chicago IL USA
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2010
Weaknesses: Downtube breaks under pressure. Warranty dept is looking for a reason to void your warranty.
I loved this bike until the downtube busted in half at the bottom of a ravine. Granted I'm 200 lbs but a steel frame is not supposed to do that. I'm just lucky the top tube didn't break too. To add insult to injury the warranty rep denied my replacement request because I couldn't find my sales receipt. I talked to another rider with the same bike who had the same problem in the same spot. If you have this bike and hear squeaking in the front end, investigate for cracks 5" down from the head tube, it could save you from crashing at the most inopportune time. If you're over 170 lbs and are wondering if you should buy this bike, I vote no.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2010
Strengths: Economical way to get try the 29er thing. Big wheels keep on rolling. Rigid w/steel is the way to go. Adjustable rear dropouts adjust easily and make single speed setups a breeze.
Weaknesses: Avid BB5 Brakes difficult to adjust and set up properly. I can't and not crazy about the 09 maroonish, grayish, purplish paint job, but got it for a steal at the end of the season.
solid bike at good price. 29 inch wheels roll nicely. steel frame is comfortable yet not too heavy. Too bad Redline went away from their cool paint colors from previous years. Overall a good value and good to have the option to add gears with the interchangeable dropout w/hanger.
Bike Setup: 1x9 set up w/XTR rear derailler and hub, changed stem, handlebar, grips to proper fit/feel.
a Weekend Warrior
from Anaheim, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: February 25, 2010
Strengths: Beautiful simplicity.
Weaknesses: Terrible simplicity
Front hub makes that lousy clunk sound when going over bumps.
Holy f@$k! I purchased this bike based on all your glorious reviews. Decided that it's about time I try this single speed thing. The first time I took it out it felt great, until... I began to climb. I don't really know what else I expected with 18 rear cog. "fast"? "will out climb frineds"? I was lucky to survive without heartattack! How long can one climb, standing up, without getting blisters in your knee joints, and heart failure? Call me mega-wimp, but I had to keep increasing rear cog size, until now I think I have 25. Even then, I really have to psych myself up whenever I take this thing out for ride. On the otherhand, it is a great bargain of a bike. The steel feels very nice, and I din't think I would like the feel of rigid front fork. So I keep riding... wondering why at the same time.
Similar Products Used: Other hardtail and full suspension 29ers, but this is first single speed.
Bike Setup: stock, except just had to change rear cog to higher teeth count.(and don't care if you call me girly man)
a Cross Country Rider
from Virginia Beach
Date Reviewed: February 6, 2010
Strengths: Stiff, compliant frame. Great price.
Weaknesses: Headset, bb5 brakes
This bike is a blast to ride! I didn't want to drop a small fortune to see what the 29er fuss was about, but am amazed at what you get for the price. The bike is ride ready out of the box, I upgraded most things because (a) I already had them in the parts bin & (b) it's been a long winter. The bike is relatively light for a steel frame and extremely responsive. My two other bikes (both 26 inch singlespeeds) havent been ridden since purchasing the bike.
Similar Products Used: First 293er, but been riding single speed since 2000
Bike Setup: Truvativ crankset, crank brother candy pedals, control tech seat post, fizik arionne saddle, easton carbon bar with odi ruffian lock on grips, cane creek s3 headset, bb7 brakes with f5 speed dial levers, kenda small block 8's. Stock stem, bottom bracket and wheelset.
Don't be afraid to try this one. The avid bb5s are a little tricky to dial in and I'm still trying to get them adjusted. Other than that the bike is amazing. Don't take it out to a real steep terrain your first ride (I did and hiked more than biked). Once you get used to the single speed thing and get more in shape you will be amazed at how effortlessly it climbs. They don't call it the "Flight" for nothing. PS I am not a Redline salesman.
I wanted a steel, rigid 29er that wouldn't break the bank. I picked the Redline because of the value. Geometry for me in the 17.5" frame (I'm 5'10", 135lbs) with the Syncros flat bar was strange at first, but is spot on now. I thought my arms would get punished riding rigid, but the big wheels and double butted tubes & fork soak up most of the hits and vibrations. Only really rocky downhills slow me down.
Advantages of 29" wheels negate the supposed negatives (slow spin-up, weight) especially on this bike. You will love the extra momentum 29" wheels give! It accelerates & corners beautifully with the compliant but stiff tubing. Love the WTB Laserdisc rims & sofa-comfy Pure V saddle. A smattering of Ritchey comp parts (light enough) and reliable Avid BB5 brakes & levers sold me on this bike.
Only weakness is the Hubs, which are sealed (good), but lack a good pre-load lockring/ washer system (bad). Really noticed this in the front hub, where it is adjusted properly, but on larger hits it makes a sound like a clunking loose headset. Also for ease of trail side repairs & compatability I switched out the stock single speed 1/8" chain for a more common 3/32" KMC Z chain.
If you want the most cutting edge intrinsic dampened, air-sprung ti nitride coated, carbon fiber gear- this bike isn't for you. If you want tractor tough performance, stupid simple maintenance, and 29" wheeled bliss: Try one out!
Appreciate all the help in my prior post. I will be getting a rigid single this weekend.
I am down to the 2 above bikes both which have slider drop outs .
Any opinions on the above bikes?
Only negative I have heard is that the Flight has BB5 brakes which are not all that great.
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I've got this bike set up pretty nice right now with a scandium riser and stock fork. But I'm looking to mellow the harsh a bit, so I'm thinking about carbon. Which low rise bar and fork should I look for? I want to keep the correct AC/offset in the fork I think. Unless others have improved the fant ... Read More »
I've got this bike set up pretty nice right now with a scandium riser and stock fork. But I'm looking to mellow the harsh a bit so I'm thinking about carbon. Which bar and fork should I look for? I want to keep the correct offset. Thanks, SteveRead More »
Not exactly my first SS. I had a 26" Bianchi SASS that I rode a couple times but I flipped it and made some money.
My main reasons for buying this bike.
1. Commute to work (5 miles not super hilly)
2. Get stronger. My legs are like big tanks used for sprinting and I want to get more endurance.
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Just picked one up and came across a few reviews out of a lot that had breaks at downtubes.
Anyone had issues with this? Im a very relaxed rider at 200 pnds. I really just like to cruise with very little jumping. I guess im just concerned.
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