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Well first a little about me and my riding style, I'm 6' 2" and about 250lbs, I'm not in the best of shape and generally do singletrack nothing extremely difficult yet.

So I've been looking on these boards and 2 types of bikes stand out to me, the Single Speeds and the 29ers.

Currently I have 2 bikes in my stable, both 26" wheels.

The new one is my main ride and is a 2005 Gary Fisher Marlin, I got this bike so that I could get back into riding shape, I didn't want to spend outragous amounts of money but I wanted a decent bike. I'm happy with my decision and will be riding this bike happly while I slowly save for a new ride to play with.

So like I said I'm interested in the 29ers. I like the idea of these because of all the advantages that you can find in the 29er forum, the only issue I can see with these is that some of the parts don't have as many options as one might like, this also means that some of the parts (wheels, forks) might cost more then the 26" counterpart.

The other one that interests me is the SS bikes, I like the idea of a SS because of the reduced maintaince I'm really not sure how to finely adjust the gears on a bike, I could figure it out but it would take a while. Luckly my brother is a bike mechanic so I always have that option. When I was younger I rode a BMX bike around all the time, and I'm thinking that a SS would most likely give me the fun of a BMX bike but the comfort of a fullsized bike.

This brings me to my second bike, this is a old Haro V2, this bike frame is in pretty good shape, its a cro-mo frame so it got alot of life in it still I bet. The only issue with this bike would be that the drivetrain is getting worn. The steer tube on this bike is 1" but I did have a RockShox Indy C on it (with a threadless headset). However I have just removed that because the steertube was bend over years of pounding it, and I have put the original threaded headset and rigid fork back on.

Now on to my options. I'm in Ontario Canada and there is a local builder Misfit Psycles (http://www.misfitpsycles.com/) that seems to make a nice SS frame, They make this frame in 26" only right now but will have a 29er version next year. This sounds like a good option to me it would fun to build up a bike from the frame picking all different part and ending up with a bike that is very personal. However after pricing out the cheapest 26" build I would end up around $1000 CAN. for a rigid SS bike. But this includes Handbuild wheels, and many other nice options.

Misft Psycles also offers conversion kits, that would allow me to try and make my Haro V2 into a SS, this kit and conversion would probably only cost me about $50 but I think this would only offer a chance to really test a single speed on the trails. Not a very good SS mind you, but it would let me know if I really liked it.

The other option would be to go with one of the offerings from Gary Fisher, ie the Rig. The '05 Rig was price around $1200 CAN or so in shops around me, but the price of a Rig and the price of the Misfit Psycles bike would probably work out pretty similar in the end.

Other options would be X-Cal and Paragon from Gary Fisher if I decide against SS, but the Misfits frame can have gears on it too.

Now like I said I will be riding my Marlin for atleast most of next season because I don't have alot of extra money to put into my bikes.

Sorry this post is so long, I just wanted to give out all the information I had in my head so that the answers would match my thoughts. What would you do? Convert my Old Bike? Save for some thing like the Rig? or go all out Rigid SS from a local builder?

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Okay lets shorten the question

Which bike would you choose?

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Local Bike Builder Frame and Parts
(Misfit Psycles)
Rigid Frame and Fork. 26" Wheels

~$1000 CAN.
(29" Frame Coming but Build would cost more)

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Big Name Bike
Gary Fisher Rig
Reba Fork.
29" Wheels
~ $1300 CAN.
 

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GammaDriver - Okay not sure what thats all about but.... Thanks.... I guess

ozlongboarder - Thanks for the suggestions, I did cross-post to SS, but it might be good to rework the question in 29er as well. The Walt bike looks awesome its just more then I would want to spend.
 

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I'll try to answer as best I can...

Turt99 said:
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Sorry this post is so long, I just wanted to give out all the information I had in my head so that the answers would match my thoughts. What would you do? Convert my Old Bike? Save for some thing like the Rig? or go all out Rigid SS from a local builder?

Thanks
I'll try to answer as best I can... It sounds as if your main debate is whether to go 29"er (geared) OR 29"er SS OR 26 SS'er (i.e. your converted bike).

My best advice is decide which one you want most. I'm in a somewhat similar position in that I'm saving up for a ti 29"er frame for next season. With that, I converted an older (94 Trek800) CroMo bike to a SS. Being a primarily geared rider, having the SS is nice for a change of pace and for winter riding. And yes, it's easy on the maintenance. ;). A small-ish purchase for converting your old CroMo bike to SS will take you a long way.

But to me, it sounds as if you'd like to get a new 29'er bike (and who could could fault you... all of us cyclists love new bikes :D ) but you're apprehensive about maintenance, tuning, and parts selection. Well, I'm riding a Surly KM now and I find the parts selection issue really isn't that big of an issue. It's only tough when I look at forks, especially lower end forks - currently there's only the Marz MX Comp available. But that situation will be better with RS possibly releasing a lower end fork soon (Tora). The nice thing about 29"ers though, is that having a rigid fork and big(ger) volume tires is a nice alternative to a susp fork. Tire selection may not be as large as 26"er either, but there are offerings from WTB, Kenda, Maxxis, Conti... and others I can't think of right now, plus a new one from Specialized soon.

Maintenance and tuning really should be a non-issue. Take some tips from your bro - offer beer as compensation if needed :p . Or use the winter/off-season as time to look up the Park Tool website (http://www.parktool.com/repair/) and Sheldon Brown site (http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/index.html#articles) and get familiar with things you need may need to know.

It's tough for me to tell whether you would like a 29"er geared or SS better. That's really up to you. If you do save up to get a 29"er, I'd respectfully suggest you getting a geared bike. It's a little easier to convert to a SS from a geared bike, then it is going geared from a SS. A lot just really depends on what you end up liking.

My 2¢...
 

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Thanks Randy

Yeah I'm sorta stuck right now.
I'm thinking I can easily make my Old bike into a SS bike, this will allow me to try an SS but technically so would not using the shifters ;) (I know it would still be different with weight and noise factor)

Heck I could even convert my new bike to an SS for that matter, That would maybe be a better choice for a SS bike but then I'm left without a decent geared bike.

Then we have 29ers, I really want to try one of these and I'm thinking an X-Cal or Paragon would be an awesome bike, but to me it doesn't really make alot of sense to get another bike where the only difference is the wheel size. Makes me think I should have done that in the first place.

In a way what I need is all these bike lined up and a place to test them all. Looks to me that all the shops around me are waiting on the Gary Fishers and will get them in the spring so I'll probably wait till then (snow on the ground now anyways)
 
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