This is just a quick update since itâ€™s been about a month since I took possession of the Mono 9. After adapting to riding rigid and the lack of a granny gear, Iâ€™ve really come to like this bike a lot.
When I first found out I was going to be riding a rigid 1Ã—9, I was worried that Iâ€™d miss my suspension and little front chainring. However, Iâ€™ve actually come to enjoy not having those comforts.
Riding without suspension has made me do a couple of things differently. I now run my tires at a lower pressure then if I had suspension. This allows the tires to become my suspension. Itâ€™s minimal but still helpful. After lots of experimentation, I think Iâ€™ve found the sweet spot between having the least amount of air to act as suspension while also having enough air to make sure I donâ€™t pinch flat or the roll on the rim, I am a heavy boy after all!
I also have learned to pick better lines without front or rear suspension. Before, Iâ€™d just point the bike down the hill and let the fork smooth out the chatter. But now, no can do. Iâ€™ve got to do that myself by picking smoother lines while coming down the hill. Sure it slows me down a little, but it has also helped me to learn to look ahead to see whats coming up and to adjust accordingly.
Not having a granny gear is nice on most occasions. The drivetrain is much simpler and cleaner looking that Iâ€™m considering running a 1Ã—9 on my other bikes. I do occasionally miss the granny gear at times, especially on long nasty hills, but overall, Iâ€™m quite happy with my 9 gears. And, it seems to have made me stronger too.
The brief summary is that the Mono 9 has been a blast to ride. Having no suspension and less gears has been a lot easier to adapt to then I thought it would and Iâ€™m very thankful for that. If you get a chance to try either rigid, 1Ã—9 or both you should really give it a roll. You just might find a quick way to save some money and enjoy your bike rides even more.