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I need some advice here..
Buy a Rigid SS & use a 4" FORK & maybe "susp. seatpost"...
Geared 32-20 for east Tennessee mountains.... { Rough Trails too }
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Convert my Santa Cruz BULLET to a plush trailbike ?
It would weigh apx 30# weight & may be more comfy in a 12 hr. !!
Which would be a faster bike with equal riders ?? :eek:
 

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bigbulletrider said:
I need some advice here..
Which would be a faster bike with equal riders ?? :eek:
Faster? I would say the SS. More comfortable? The Bullit.

It's a pretty wide open question with lots of variables including rider fitness and skill. I've seen folks on 40# bullits who can ride all day XC on them (and usually leave me in their dust on the downhills).

Since this is the SS forum, I say go for the SS. It's pure.

Good luck on your decision,
 

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bigbulletrider said:
I need some advice here..
Buy a Rigid SS & use a 4" FORK & maybe "susp. seatpost"...
Geared 32-20 for east Tennessee mountains.... { Rough Trails too }
--or--
Convert my Santa Cruz BULLET to a plush trailbike ?
It would weigh apx 30# weight & may be more comfy in a 12 hr. !!
Which would be a faster bike with equal riders ?? :eek:
Singlespeed for sure. I rode a 12hr about a month ago and took my Blizzard (32x17) with a 4" Marathon and my Chameleon (32x18) with a 5" Sherman Firefly. I was pretty undecided which Id ride and even thought of switching partway through. In the end, I never even rode the Chameleon in favor of the lighter weight bike. I really think that you will lose more energy psuhing the big bike around than you would save in comfort. You have to be looking at a weight difference of at least 6-8 lbs (assuming a SS in the 22-24lb range). Over 12hrs, thats enormous. Trust me, you're gonna suffer on both bikes, why push around the extra baggage?
 

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hmmm

My pro's & Con's list ..
PRO's of 7"-5"FS trailbike :
Geometry to suit my riding style.
Mega traction on climbs/decents.
Rear-end comfort /seated while pedaling more..
Faster on DH runs ......
More gear selection.
-----------CONS list of FS:
CHAINSUCK ?
More Weight.
More maintenance.
Slower on long smooth climbs or very steep climbs when pushing it VS SS....
More cost.
{My vote is for a FS trailbike for now}
only time will tell when i ride w/ other people if i get dropped,etc....
Good-day

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Singlespeed for sure. I rode a 12hr about a month ago and took my Blizzard (32x17) with a 4" Marathon and my Chameleon (32x18) with a 5" Sherman Firefly. I was pretty undecided which Id ride and even thought of switching partway through. In the end, I never even rode the Chameleon in favor of the lighter weight bike. I really think that you will lose more energy psuhing the big bike around than you would save in comfort. You have to be looking at a weight difference of at least 6-8 lbs (assuming a SS in the 22-24lb range). Over 12hrs, thats enormous. Trust me, you're gonna suffer on both bikes, why push around the extra baggage?
 
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