Originally Posted by Rossi Smash
bush, as usual you let your own particular preferences dictate your mouth....
you're a regular marketing tool.....based on ALL your year of cycling, no doubt.....
The OP said he was just getting into mtb'n. And you talk of SINGLE SPEED? wtf?
lock on grips? why? just glue on a pair of grips and get on with it.
Tubeless? he won't need them or the expensive, carry a tube, big deal!
Keeping things simple and inexpenise will be a better into. Learning to do basic maintanence, repairs and flat repair will only help in the long run.
Hartail all the way
As stated, buy the best frame you can afford and components can be upgraded as budget and cycling needs dictate... most importantly, get out there and find what you like and have FUN
lockon grips in the long run are cheaper everytime you need to do work on a bike brakes/shifters/new handlebars wahtever they bolt on and off, not to mention non lockons are a pain in the ass to work with require compressed air to get them on with glue, and even then WILL still slip when it gets wet out! There is not a single person here who has never had a non lockon grip not slip on them, they all slip eventually and makes you a worse rider.
tubeless tire require about 25 bucks and an hour of time to set up. Its one of the few things that will actually make the person a better rider. I use to flat every ride with tubes or bounce on controllably down the trail neither was fun. With tubeless under 25 psi and never flat, by never flat I have 1800 miles on my MTBs this year with out a single flat. There is noone out there with tubes that has 1800 miles without flats or if they do they are running to high of pressure.
Comfort, reliability, safety, and lower rolling resitence for less than 30 bucks. You dont need special tubeless wheel or tubeless tires you just need to make rim strip and have sealant.
I still carry a tube because well its not a 100 percent but I have givne it out more than using myself. tubeless isnt a pass to not carry stuff to fix a flat it just makes it so you almost never have to do it.
SS - the guy is in kansas plus you can gear it down. Kansas should be flattish and gear can complicate things for newbies. The main reason for picking a SS is because overall you get nicer stuff(steel frame, nice fork, nice wheelset, and crankset) for less money. Like you said keep it simple. SS dont break as much geared bike nor are as hard or expensive to repair.
yeah I am inexperinced but I am the fastest person of my inexperince I have met. I have I have had top 3s in Cat 1 MTB won a couple Cat 2 MTB series, top 5 in Cat 1/2 CX races and usually place top 5 in 4/5 road races. So whatever because I am willing to adapt just alittle at home DIY in tubeless and am annoyed by grips that spins and get ruined when you need replace a broken brake lever you can hate me.
I hate bikes that break or dont work right and choose stuff that doesnt brake or let me down. The problem with most sub 1000 dollars hardtails(new) is that gruppo kinda of suck and sets the new rider up for frustrating dealing with stuff that doesnt work right when its brand new let alone when its get bent up and beat up riding it. SS cant have this happen to them.
So the guy ask for advice, I give it and then your the first to critise me because I am young brash and might actually have clue to of what I am talking about and am actually all for KISS.