13 August 2007 - 20:52Red 5.1
Since the retirement of the original Red 5, I have lamented it’s absence. It was such a fun and responsive bike. It was my very first Niner, which replaced the Karate Monkey as the resident singlespeed. I owned it for several months, but ultimately retired it because it was a first generation One 9, and it lacked the appropriate tire clearance.
For a while, Kermit was a good stand in, but has since taken on other roles in the stable.
I was without a singlespeed in the line up for about 3 months when the golden opportunity to replace Red 5 came about.
As with any “x”.1, upgrades from the original were made. This time, instead of Delgados, we have the Stan’s Arch rims, run with Bontrager ACX Tubeless tires, the White Bros Magic 100, Avid Juicy Carbon brakes, an Easton EC90 seatpost, and Easton EC70 Monkeylite bars. All told, with pedals and signature carbon bottle cage (that’s right Jay, carbon…), Red 5.1 weighs 22.94 lbs, a full pound and a half lighter than it’s predecessor.
You’ll note, the Rogue bottle cap on my YAWYD. Red 5 is Luke Skywalker’s call sign in his X-Wing, and he flies in Rogue Squadron. I am such a NERD!
No go out and Pedal Dammit!