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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 10:12 am 
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just wondering what parts i require to convert my '95 cindercone to single-speed.i only ever ride it to work,never change gear (i think the xt thumbies are more for show!).any suggestions welcome,fellas.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:25 am 
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singleator (chain tensioner), some cassette spacers...um... that's it. May even get away without tensioner if your choice of front ring and back cog coincide with a taught chain :wink: I commute with a 46 tooth front and a 15t rear. For road use they recommend approx 3:1 ratio. The 15t came from an old cassette donated by a forum member here. Sometimes for chain alignment it's best to mount the big ring in the middle ring's place.

That'll get you started. Then you can look at getting nice spacers for rear freehub, or even a singlespeed rear hub... etc etc

I recently converted to SS having wondered what it's all about, now it seems to make a whole lot of sense in certain circumstances (probably more than you'd think), but not all. Hence only 3 of my 8 are SS...that, and it would be difficult to convert my single pivot full sussers :shock:


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2007 11:41 am 
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And if you really want to do it cheap make your own tensioner.

I posted mine here that I knocked up a few years back for the Orange (post #4 - Felixdale):

http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?p=2234257&mode=linear#post2234257


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 9:30 am 
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I run a 48 x 16 single speed commute bike. All I purchased was a single speed kit (www.woollyhatshop.com) which is six/seven/eight/nine speed compatible (comes with a 16 & 18 tooth cog).

30 minutes later I was singlespeeding! :D


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:02 am 
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Do you need spacers or different bolts on the chainset to convert from running 3 rings to one?


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:04 am 
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for ghetto SS, just turn the chainring nuts around.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:09 am 
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Or file the nuts shorter like I did!


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:18 am 
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Or £4.99 for some new ones :roll:


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16 minutes and 3 sensible answers! Gotta love this place :)


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2007 10:50 am 
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usually it's 10 mins and 3 daft ones :-D


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