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I was so sad when I had to sell my Soma Juice a year ago. A couple of 26ers kept me feeling empty inside this past year. I am so very happy to be back on the 29er path.

After realizing that my riding style does not lend it self to knarly, extreme trails, I realized that a scaled down bike would be perfect. I love the simplicity of a rigid bike. I would love to be man enough to run a single gear setup, but the truth says otherwise. Twenty-seven is too many, one not enough, but eight is just right! Disc brakes are cool, but I never had a problem with V's. Less to worry about makes for a more enjoyable bicycle ownership experience.

So after scouring the manufacturer websites, I narrowed it down to one bike. I have always liked Redline bikes and was pleased to find out that this model was so affordable. I am eager to get this on the trail for a good ride impression, but I can at least comment on the build quality and parts spec.

The bike is very clean. The frame welds are neat and the paint job is excellent. In this price range you expect to find some items that you will immediately replace. I didnt even try the stock saddle because I knew that I liked the WTB I already had. The pedals are your typical cheapo alloy flats which will be replaced by some nicer platforms that are currently on order. I will also probably replace the grips, expecially if I decide to install my Mary bars (once I get the correct stem).

That said, I do find the stock control parts to be decent. I am in no hurry to replace the stock bar and stem, but I probably will because I love the aforementioned Mary bar. The Redline seatpost seems decent enough that I will not bother with upgrading it for quite a while.

The brakes are surprisingly good for Tektro units, especially the levers which have a sealed bearing pivot. The calipers work great, but don't quite have the firmness that I desire. For most, the stock brakes would do just fine. I did order a set of Avid SD5 brakes and FR5 levers.

As most probably already know, the drivetrain is very decent. The X5 derailleur and shifter are pretty much identical to the older X7 pieces. When SRAM revamped its lineup, they basically did a model name shift which transferred its higher end designs one notch down. I for one prefer the durability of 8 speed cogs and chains.The only thing I am likely to swap is the stock KMC chain for a SRAM 850 chain so I can use the powerlinks. The crankset may be cheap, but its still well made. Its manufactured by RPM and uses a square taper interface. Call me crazy, but I haven't been too impressed by the latest craze in crankset/bb technology. Square tapers are tried and true. I also like the inside chain derailment guard which should keep the chain from popping off the inside of the crank.

Finally, I am also very impressed with the wheelset. The stock redline hubs are very smooth and the Alex rims look to be up to the task. They may not be light, but neither am I so I can't complain. Nothing on this bike is particularly light, but again I shouldn't be worried about it. My right elbow scale says about 29 lbs for my 19" frame size.

Here are some pictures that show a bit more detail than the stock photo on the redline site:







 

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Very nice!

I too was impressed by the Redline bikes. I'm planning to call my LBS to order the Monocog 29 in my size tomorrow. If I were still planning to have gears, yours is the one I'd be ordering. :thumbsup:
 

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Now thats a nice bike !!! I love 1 x 8 ...killer color and coolest thing is you didnt blow a wad (or your wad) on a over priced ride
 

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I said I was in no hurry to replace the stock bar and stem, ha! Fast forward a couple hours and what do you know? I bought a new stem and introduced Mary to my new ride. She is feeling sexy as ever and my bike seems pretty happy too. I sure liked how the oversized bar looked, but you can't argue with comfort.
 

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Hey Biker, Congrats on the very nice ride. I bought the same sized model myself and so far i'm impressed. I've put about 150 miles on it with one pinch flat and my alu hardtail falling onto the top tube of the d440. No dents or scratches on the Redline. You're right about the X5 drivetrain it shifts just as quick and positive as my X7. The wheelset is a surprise, I expected the worst but find them smooth and durable. No problems with the Cane Creek headset. I did swap out the bar for one with a little more rise. Put on Oury grips and changed the saddle. Took off the bash guard and Dog Fang jump stop without any hint of chain drop. bhc, My LBS discounted the bike 10%, $534.86 out the door.
 

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And so upgrade fever begins...

...Some goodies from online arrived today:

1.) nicer Wellgo CNC sealed bearing platform pedals

2.) Avid FR5 brake levers

3.) Avid SD5 brakes

I also replaced the rear QR skewer with a bolt on skewer I still had from my Soma and it cleaned up the back of the bike very nicely. I was going to order a F&R set, but with my fork mount rack I used in my truck bed, it would be a lot easier to load if I can quickly remove the front wheel.

I am probably going to end up replacing the headset since I hate the way a stock cheapo headset looks and I never can seem to keep them adjusted. This may work fine for a while, so I will keep riding it for now. I also want to replace the stock tires which are very heavy. I like the Nano's design, but I would love for this bike to spin up a tad quicker. Other than that, I am not messing with anything else.
 

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I recently acquired a Redline Monocog Flight frame and fork. I am more pleased with this bike every time I ride it. I still can't believe what a nice quality bike it really is. As you mentioned the welds are clean and the paint is excellent. I've had Niner's and Fisher's and the Monocog Flight is as nice a bike as either one of these.
 

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Killer ride,would you mind passing on the center to center of both the seat and top tube.I'm thinking of pick one up and I just want to get the size right.also,how would you comapre it to the some juice,many thx
 

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Pray do tell............

......what tyres are you going to replace the Nano's with that are lighter, roll better and hook up better? I've got Nano's, Ignitors and CrossMarks and they're all around the same weight and the Nano is THE best rolling of those 3. Curious as I am always looking for a light tyre that hooks up well and rolls well. Maybe you're going to go with some Crows or some such :skep:

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............................................... I also want to replace the stock tires which are very heavy. I like the Nano's design, but I would love for this bike to spin up a tad quicker. Other than that, I am not messing with anything else.
 

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......what tyres are you going to replace the Nano's with that are lighter, roll better and hook up better? I've got Nano's, Ignitors and CrossMarks and they're all around the same weight and the Nano is THE best rolling of those 3. Curious as I am always looking for a light tyre that hooks up well and rolls well. Maybe you're going to go with some Crows or some such :skep:
Nanos w/ a kevlar bead, haha. Seriously, the stock tires are bricks, but I love the way they roll.
 

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What is the stock gearing and how's it working on climbs ?
Is there anyting preventing you from running it as a double up front ?
 

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I haven't had a chance to take it out on the trails (hopefully this weekend). The stock setup uses a 34T ring with a SRAM 11-32 cassette. The bike does have braze-ons for a front derailleur and the crankset has holes drilled for a granny ring. The only problem I can see is that you might (maybe not) need a wider BB since the clearance looks tight.
 

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I haven't had a chance to take it out on the trails (hopefully this weekend). The stock setup uses a 34T ring with a SRAM 11-32 cassette. The bike does have braze-ons for a front derailleur and the crankset has holes drilled for a granny ring. The only problem I can see is that you might (maybe not) need a wider BB since the clearance looks tight.
Thanks. Please give us a full report on the gearing when you get offroad. Nice bike !
 

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sweet!!!

dude,i am SO jealous!!!!LOVE yer new ride:thumbsup:

i wuz hopin to look at this and /or a monocog 29er this tax year,but doesn't look like it's gunna happen:nonod: :bluefrown: :cryin: ..ma get on track later in the year tho.

congrads,hope you enjoy it,and thanx fer showin pix of it:thumbsup: :)
 

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Killer ride,would you mind passing on the center to center of both the seat and top tube.I'm thinking of pick one up and I just want to get the size right.also,how would you comapre it to the some juice,many thx
The top tube is 23" c-c and the seat tube 17" c-c. Hope that helps.
 

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Ride report...

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Thanks. Please give us a full report on the gearing when you get offroad. Nice bike !
Friggin' sweet ride, lemme tell you. I was lucky enough that my boss sent me home early today, so I actually had some daylight left to go on its maiden voyage. The bike feels amazing! I literally have never ridden anything that handles that sweet. Maybe its having a different fork offset compared to the Reba Race I had on my Soma, but this thing just tracks beautifully! I have never felt so fluid and planted through the corners. Sure the rigid front end shakes a bit, but it is so worth it when you start carving through some nice singletrack.

As far as the gearing on the bike, I am impressed by how well it works. I am not surprised of the shift quality that the SRAM derailleur produces, but the actual gear ratios work well for me. I had a few areas where I typically would have dropped to the granny ring on the front, so I was forced to hit stuff with a little more oomph and it actually works out better. The bigger wheels of course keep you rolling over the roots and rocks and I was able to clear stuff I felt a bit iffy about. For those who have very very steep or very very long climbs, then adding a granny ring and derailleur is easy and doable on this bike. Overall, though, the 1x8 setup works awesome. I also noticed very little chainslap due to the tighter sprung medium cage derailleur.

Only two issues arose on this ride. First, the headset is hard to keep adjusted. I plan on replacing it anyway, and it was more of an annoyance. Last, I felt a couple of pops from the crank. When I got home, I discovered the left crank arm was a smidge loose. So, nothing too big to worry about.

Here are a couple "dirty" pics taken right after my ride.
 

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