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Just got a new Performance catalog and noticed they had a Mongoose single speed on sale for $450. Thought it looked interesting so I went to their site. You gotta dig but it's actually in the Road section and there's almost no info on the bike. So I go to Mongoose's site and dig this up http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail.php?id=457&brandLine=Pro_International&brandID=82

Seems like an inexpensive introduction to the 29er world. A new set of tires and it should be trail ready. Nothing even close to high end here but perfectly serviceable. I especially like the thermos holder:thumbsup:

And no, I'm not a shill for Mongoose or Performance. Just thought it looked like a decent buy into the 29 world.
 

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meloh1 said:
Just got a new Performance catalog and noticed they had a Mongoose single speed on sale for $450. Thought it looked interesting so I went to their site. You gotta dig but it's actually in the Road section and there's almost no info on the bike. So I go to Mongoose's site and dig this up http://www.mongoose.com/bikes/detail.php?id=457&brandLine=Pro_International&brandID=82

Seems like an inexpensive introduction to the 29er world. A new set of tires and it should be trail ready. Nothing even close to high end here but perfectly serviceable. I especially like the thermos holder:thumbsup:

And no, I'm not a shill for Mongoose or Performance. Just thought it looked like a decent buy into the 29 world.
Designed as a city bike. Tall gearing, low BB, may not have clearance for bigger tires (shipped with 700x47). Not a good pick for an off road bike.

Heck of a deal otherwise.

A Redline Monocog 29 is about the same price and is a true off road 29er. Not as nice a spec, but its ride in the dirt is as good as much more expensive bikes.
 

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The Monocog is a good choice from what I've seen. Also note that Speedgoat still has Karate Monkey frames on sale for $299.
 

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I bought a Monocog 29'er a month ago. Ready to ride for $475. So far no complaints at all. There's room to upgrade, but I don't think you can beat it's ride/cost ratio.
 

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The gearing would be pretty easy and inexpensive to change. I don't think clearance would be a problem if it fits 47 tires off the shelf but I'd want to make sure. To me the BB height is a non-issue but to others it may be a concern. Just thought it offered another way to get into the 29 game for a pretty cheap price, even with the needed changes. And it does have an EBB. You won't find that in this price range anywhere else that I know of.
 

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The gearing would be pretty easy and inexpensive to change. I don't think clearance would be a problem if it fits 47 tires off the shelf but I'd want to make sure. To me the BB height is a non-issue but to others it may be a concern. Just thought it offered another way to get into the 29 game for a pretty cheap price, even with the needed changes. And it does have an EBB. You won't find that in this price range anywhere else that I know of.
I think the tire clearance may be the biggest issue. A 47mm street tire is not even close to the size of most 29x2.1 knobbies.

I do like the spec of the bike. The SS thermos/cage is cool.
 
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