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A local shop has 2 Monocogs in stock. 1 '05 and 1 '06. I'm not sure what the normal price was on the '05's but they're offering it for $100 less than the '06(not sure if it's OK to post pricing). This will be my first SS so I'm trying to save some cash incase I don't enjoy it.

I know the new models have 135mm spacing and they also have disc brake mounts. If I keep the bike for years then I think the disc brake mount may be nice if v-brakes go the way of the older canti's. The hub spacing doesn't seem like that big of deal but I could be wrong there.

Also the salesman said the new bike has a cassette hub(said this is where they really upgraded the bike this year) instead of whatever(can't remember what he called it) came on the '05. What's so special about the new hub?

Any thought would be very appreciated.
 

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The '06 monocog uses a mtb width rear hub. The older models used a BMX width hub. Much easier to replace/upgrade wheels with the new frame. Cassette vs freewheel hub. It is easier to change gearing on the cassette. They both work well though.
 

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What Shiggy said.
I've got a '04 MonoCog with the BMX spacing. FWIW, the RedLine hubs are shite. So on the '05, plan to build a new set of wheels with a BMX hub of your picking. I don't necessarily feel the BMX spacing is a disadvantage as there are quality BMX hubs out there (find a set of DX cassette hubs), but you'll spend more than the $100 price difference building a new wheelset.

The disc-brake option is slick; and I would hope the new 135mm cassette hubs are better than the old freewheel hubs RedLine used to supply. Those alone may be worth the $100 price difference.
 

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Get the '06. Here's why:

a) I predict you'll like riding singlespeed enough to want to keep it.
b) Even if you don't, resale on a bike with disc mounts/135 spacing may be higher.
c) While I don't think there's anything wrong with BMX hubs or the spacing, the '06 shuts the door on the issue entirely, so ...
d) Upgrading the wheels will be arguably easier with 135s, and you'll have lots o' choices.

But you may want to do what I'm doing: wait until the '06 29er Monocog comes out!
 

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On a check of the Redline site, if the '06 has a cassette (and disc ready) rear hub it is the Monocog Flite with an aluminum frame rather than a steel frame. The steel Monocog has a freewheel hub.
The Flite is generally better spec'd and is a couple of hundred dollars more.
 

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nick irons said:
my new steel monocog i bought in august (apparently an '06) has the 135mm spaced cassette disk rear hubs.
Good to know. Different (and better) than the published spec.
 

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I like mine

I got an '06 Monocog Flight (Aluminum) 6 weeks ago and have been riding it XC 2-3 times a week. $600 at LBS after good buddy discount.

I'm an SS noob, so you might need to take my evaluation with a grain of sand.

I think the bike is great. It feels good, tight and solid. It is lightweight. It came 32x16 and I put on an 18. The Avid v-brakes are easy to center and stop well.

My basic thinking was that being able to add a complete, fully functional, comfortable, sturdy, reliable trailbike to my stable for $600 was too good a deal to pass. Which is good since my gear bike has been in the shop ever since (fork at the factory now).

I'm way digging the SS thing. I'm about to go hit it for a nite lite ride.

I don't know the fer shures of that hub thingy. Pre purchase I read that it was a BMX type hub, but just looking at it, I don't know the diff. Hey, it rides.

In short, good bike for the $$ IMO.
 

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I went to the shop to check them out. The '05 DID have disc brake mounts front and rear. Maybe that was standard or possibly changed later in the year?

The hubs were different and although I didn't actually measure them(just set them next to each other), the frames looked like they were the same spacing. Only reason I really looked at that was because I was under the impression the disc brake mounts were new for '06.

Fixintogo, I'm actually thinking of doing that. I could keep riding my old POS for a few more months until the 29" hits the shops.

Thanks for the replys
 

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If it were me I'd wait an get the 06 29er. SS and 29er go hand in hand. Can't beat the price either $450 complete. I bought a GF Rig last year and love it. I'm probably going to get the Redline 29er just because they are so much fun to ride.
 

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05 is disc ready, I have liked mine, but also am waiting for the 06 29er, if you can just wait, or pick up a used one, you could always use it for a beater / commuter later if you go for something nicer.
 
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