Why I'm thinking single speed fully rigid bikes are good
Changing fashions – if you’re a fat lad who likes pies and beer and isn’t very fit then they’re not a good thing
If you’re a 10st whippet and you’ve got a hardtail and a 5.5 inch AM and a cyclocross and a road bike and an 8″ DH bike then it’s something different
If you can only have one bike then don’t have a single speed rigid cos its like going back 30 yrs before gears and suspension were invented. May as well get rid of your smartphone and laptop tooPosted 5 years ago
I’ve just bought a cheap kona unit,simply to save my other full suss geared bikes in good nick through this bad wet winter.I didn’t like it to start with, but after 6 really muddy wet rides I’m starting to gel, and like the challenge of my normally boring local loops.I can go and thrash around for an hour or two, get totally knackerd and give it a quick swill with the hose.job done.Posted 5 years agoVortexracingSubscriber
I’ve just bought a cheap kona unit,simply to save my other full suss geared bikes in good nick through this bad wet winter.I didn’t like it to start with, but after 6 really muddy wet rides I’m starting to gel, and like the challenge of my normally boring local loops.I can go and thrash around for an hour or two, get totally knackerd and give it a quick swill with the hose.job done.
just like me, just about to try this new fangled 29″ thing with a Kona unit as well.
SS, fully rigid, 29er will be truly awesome 😉Posted 5 years agomattjgSubscriber
4 guys went night riding in Surrey last night. Conditions were a tad claggy. The 2 on front-squishy dangly-equipped 26ers went home in a grump after an hour, whining about chainsuck and no traction. The 2 on big wheels (3×29″ wheels between them), singlespeed and rigid got 2 hours riding in, burnt a bunch of calories, then retired to the pub for tasty pints and a natter.
True story that.Posted 5 years agocardoSubscriber
Have tried this old fangled new recipe in the last 6 months and love Singlespeeding for it’s simplicity and big wheels for rolling blah blah blah.. but rigid forks have now been replaced with a set of Fox’s bouncing plushness… I honestly found with rigids all the lovely carried speed was pretty F’in horrible when descending downhill and had a few close ‘uns. So made the switch back to bouncers and love riding my bike more for it….Posted 5 years ago
Just my two pence worth.belugabobMember
if you’re a fat lad who likes pies and beer and isn’t very fit then they’re not a good thing
Unless – like me – you want to stop being a fat lad.Posted 5 years ago
It also teaches you things about cadence, momentum & picking lines, so your skills should improve too.
Add in the low maintenance in the winter aspect, and you can only call it a win.
(Mine does flex at the front, but that’s because of the suspension, rather than the number of pies consumed 😉 )
Just use mine for for what it is.cheap basic way of some winter training in the mud.If I want to big drops and fast techy downhills I’ll use my 150mm full suss.I wouldn’t have a ss rigid as my only bike but as a second bike (or third in my case)they’re Gr8.I’ve been out every day this week with no cleaning,try doing that on a full suss geared bike and watch it sieze up before your eyes.I can’t do all the knarly tracks or a 80k xc rides on it but when the better weather comes I’ll be all the fitter for it.Posted 5 years ago
Maybe down to me but I simply don’t enjoy trying to ride a rigid off 4ft plus drops and knarly downhills.Doing an uplift day tomorrow at Revolution bike park,and riding my kona unit would simply ruin the day for me.SS rigids are Gr8 for what they are, but there are better bikes out there.Each to there own though.Posted 5 years agoDancakeMember
Does anyone run a SS as their only bike.>? I would probably go 32-16 (or even 18 to begin with)
After ripping a mech off recently, I was going to give it a go but its the 5 miles of road before I get to the woods that puts me off… (I dont often have the luxury of the car)Posted 5 years ago
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