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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the Redline Monocog. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- Satisfied owners favorably described the Monocog as ‘simple’.
- The Monocog was praised for its green paintjob and skin-wall tires. In general, its look was called minimalist and ‘bad-ass’.
- The Monocog’s geometry was suited to a range of riding styles.
- Any queries or problems were answered by a quality customer service team.
- Handling on the Monocog was described as agile.
- A lot of Monocog users said it was a tough machine that stood up to abuse.
- This bike was generally seen as a high quality rig.
- A few owners considered the Monocog to be light, or at least relatively so.
- A full chromoly frame and fork made for a stout and rigid bike.
- The Monocog is definitely inexpensive, for the quality offered.
- One owner reported that the front fork had clearance for a 29 x 3” tire.
- The ride quality on the Monocog was called smooth and clean.
- Factory-brand wheels were reputed to be strong.
7 reasons not to buy
- At 29 to 33 pounds, the Monocog is a bit of a hog, especially without gears.
- Components are mid-range and mid-weight, but definitely not cheap.
- The Tektro mechanical disc brakes delivered performance that was seen as average by more than one owner.
- For some butts, the saddle was not a good match. It felt too firm.
- The rigid fork is straight and 1 1/8”. This could make it difficult to find high-end upgrades that fit.
- The seatpost is an obscure 26.8mm in diameter. While replacements can be found, they aren’t common. It’s an odd choice.
- Chainstays were seen as excessively long at 17.5”, which may be a hindrance to acceleration.