Got someone looking at my frame this weekend so one step closer, just need to sell the wheels and Forks, think im pretty set on a Haro Mary then upgrade to a Singular when the pennys come back in.
Thinking about a 29er
If I were you I'd go for the Singular to start with. I built up a swift last year and if you hunt around on the net you can get a good deal on Halo Freedom Disc 29er wheels. Its a really good versatile frame and although I've not ridden a Haro Mary I doubt it can compare for quality or the way it rides. Plus you'll get excellent support from Sam at Singular Cycles. I know I'm starting to sound REALLY biased but I think my Swift is the most fun bike I own, plus it can be run with gears or single speed.
And don't worry about the nay sayers who reckon a 29er is crap for Bristol. I run mine single speed around North Devon and seem to cope with the hills...sort of.
I never said 29ers are crap for Bristol only that I don't think that they're as good as 26" and also that it's not where a 29er will shine so not ideal to base a test ride on...
I'm only a "nay sayer" because I've tried several and despite expecting to like them, was disappointed overall for the riding that I do and like.
Sensitive lot, you 29er riders
Yea would love to go straight for a Singular but the way im thinking i can buy a complete bike for about £30 more then the singular frame only, and then save the money and upgrade later. plus i can put the parts left from my p7 split onto my clockwork.
29er's are fine in singletrack esppecially ashton court you just need to ride them for a while and your riding style adapts (I live in Briz BTW )
As for SS around here there is pretty much nothing you cant ride up on a ss the rolling countryside out and around Bristol ,Cotswolds ,etc is just perfect for 29ers too
And like i said you wont regret getting a swift the rest of your bike collection will get dusty left in the garage.
And like what was said before with a singular Sam is always on hand with the best advice and customer support if you about at the weekend he has a tean at MM and there will definately be something you can get a ride on
"Sensitive lot, you 29er riders"
I wouldn't say we're sensitive. Riding a bike with big wheels, only one gear and no suspension probably makes some of us more thick skinned (or should that be strange?) than sensitive.
Horses for courses really.
Clubber says he didn't get on as well with a 29er as he does with his 'normal' bike. I prefer my 29er to my 'normal' bike.
When i built mine up i didn't know if i was going to get on with it or not, i certainly didn't try it because i was bored with riding bikes, but i love it. A guy i ride with who is about the same height as me tried one previously and decided he didn't feel it was for him and so still rides 26er's.
Try it, you might like it but if you don't try it you won't know and there's always a good market for 2nd hand 29er kit.
Might be able to afford the singular route now, just looking at the price of wheels, On-one looking like the best deal atm anyone know of anything else, still need to shift the RS Revs, Frame and wheels of my P7
On-One wheels are probably the cheapest, though maybe you could re-build your hubs onto a new set of 29er rims?
I'm amused at the statement that 29ers aren't suitable for Bristol. I was at the SSUK07 in Bristol and I had plenty opportunity to see the performance and handling of the Singulars as they kept zapping past my 26" bike on the twisting rooty bits.
The next bike I bought was a Singular.
Sam i would love to be able to do that, but i dont have the skills and or tools to take on that task.
Fortunately for you SG - I do. Drop me a line and I'm sure we can work something out - just had some nice bonty duster rims arrive.
epicyclo - very true - didn't seem to slow Steve down very much when he won Bristol 12 SS solo (3rd overall) a couple of weeks back either...
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