I have raced my first season on "Stompy", a 13- or 14-year-old Kona Fire Mountain that was converted to singlespeed. I rode short-track XC and 'cross on this bike, and while I really love riding singlespeed, I wonder if I can't do better with a slightly newer/nicer bike in the future.
"Stompy" is fun to ride but feels a tad small for me and is rather heavy to drag over barriers.
I have a possibility of buying a brand-new 2008 Redline Mono Cog for less than 300 bucks. Does anyone know about this bike, or can they suggest another alternativ I should look at? I want a bike I can use for both short-track AND singlespeed cross, that will easily take parts upgrades (I'd swap over my Truvativ cranks and GXP bottom bracket, and my Misfit handlebars). I am 5' 7" with a 32" inseam and 22" sleeve length (in mens' button-down shirts), so something that can accommodate very long limbs and a short waist is ideal. I'd also prefer to stick with Cr-mo if possible but I'm sure there HAS to be a lighter frame out there. And I'd prefer to stay with 26" wheels.
Suggestions welcome, prefer to keep it under 600 bucks if I can. Thanks --Beth