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My New 29er...

(updated: Dec 26, 2006)

also my first 29er and the newest addition to my ever-growing stable of bikes. It's a Redline Flight Monocog 29er, and it is an amazing collection of worked metal that just feels right under power.

My first ride on it was last week at Dow Rd. Dow Rd consists of speed-sucking bumps and whoops, sand and bone-jarring roots. It's a workout on any bike. On a rigid bike, however, it pretty much qualifies as sadism. Unless you have a steel 29er like the Redline. Compared to my 26" wheel Kona Unit (also steel), the 29" wheels of the Redline are more forgiving and roll over stuff more easily. I didn't feel as much of a need for a suspension fork like I do when I ride the Kona. The bigger wheels feel faster to me as well. I had no problem keeping up with everyone.

The difference between 26" and 29" wheels was obvious and immediate to me. Ed described it well when he said it feels like rolling on liquid bearings. It really does feel like you are rolling more easily.

I'm sold on 29ers. Actually I was sold after Steve got his and I saw how much faster he was on it. Speaking of selling I've just put my Kona Unit up for sale. I swapped some parts from the Redline over to it and it's ready to go.

One more thing about this bike is that it's perfect for the terrain around here. It's fired me up about riding again because it's so much fun, not just because it's a new bike. I'll be riding this bike a lot.

Here's a few photos I took today:

Like the Kona Unit, the sliding dropout is the way to go. Maybe upgrade to a Boone Ti cog in the future?


The disk brake mount is part of the sliding dropout eliminating the need to mess with the caliper when changing a tire or gearing:

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1. levie said...

I dig the new bike man. I am surprised to see you get another single speed after reading one of your post about them.

Dec 26, 2006 @ 9:39 PM

2. Ed said...

That's one cool bike. I thought the same thing about the single speed ,but after seeing how good he rode it out in Dow Road I have no more questions. Im glad your search is over for a
29 er.

Dec 27, 2006 @ 4:48 AM

3. Sir Bikes said...

With the more forgiving wheels and frame, I'm definitely not bouncing around as much as I am on the Kona or my green bike so the chain seems to stay on. I also like steel frames and the majority of them only come built up as singlespeeds. Besides, the price was right.

Dec 27, 2006 @ 6:25 AM

4. levie said...

I'm a sucker for a decent price and a whore for good advertisement.

Dec 27, 2006 @ 9:04 AM

5. Chris said...

Single speed riding is a form of medevial torture that can only be enjoyed by those who truly hate themselves! :)

Jan 3, 2007 @ 6:02 PM

6. brado1 said...

'bout time you got a real bike man!

Jan 5, 2007 @ 9:47 AM

7. Tobey said...

Have you done any jumping on the Flight 29er? I'm about to order one and am undecided about 26 vs. 29. I get that the big wheels roll easier, but are they also less the point where you want to stay anchored to the trail all the time? Thanks and congrats on your new bike.

Jan 18, 2007 @ 6:39 AM

8. Sir Bikes said...

My buddy Daniel used to ride bmx and he says it's like a bmx bike with big wheels. The way he rides it dispels all myths about handling slower and not as flickable or jump-worthy. The bike jumps just fine, the bigger wheels keeping you more stable in the air. You just have to decide what your primary use will be - jumping, trail riding, etc. If it's mostly jumping I'd look for a dedicated dirt jumper. I'm more of a believer in purpose-specific bikes than a sinlge do-it-all bike.

Jan 18, 2007 @ 7:45 AM

9. Tobey said...

Good points. BTW- what size frame are you riding? And how tall are you?

Jan 28, 2007 @ 3:16 PM

10. Sir Bikes said...

It's a Large, or 19". I'm 6-1.

Jan 29, 2007 @ 7:36 PM

11. Tobey said...

Thanks! I finally had a chance to ride one yesterday (a 19") and it was too small for me (I'm 6'3") I ordered the 21". Thanks again for your help. It's a drag wanting a bike that shops don't have in stock...

Jan 30, 2007 @ 1:40 PM

12. Sir Bikes said...

That's awesome. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. I can't believe how much I like this bike, despite it being rigid (and a singlespeed).

Jan 31, 2007 @ 8:53 PM


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