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Hi guys & girls. I posted this yesterday to Singlespeed section but figured if you guys don't visit there I might as well post it here also.

I just got my first SS bike. Before I started buying parts from eBay I spent months here reading this forum so I want to thank you all for providing good tips and hints :thumbsup: Like I said I collected most of the parts from eBay and let my LBS Pyörähuolto here in Helsinki, Finland put it together. I used to have Cannondale F900sx almost ten years ago and I loved it, so Cannondale CAAD4 mtb frame was the obvious choise for this project. The frame I bought was blue but I got it powder painted to matte black. Decals are from Cannondale retailer.

I use this bike for my daily commute (downtown Helsinki) and chose to go with larger/narrow wheels than it came with. I didn't convert Lefty fork to 80mm (a lot of people told me that I can't leave it to 100mm if I use 29er wheels but I can assure that with these 700x23c tires I dont have any problems.

I know the brakes are a little overkill but my brother used to have Shimano XT BR-M755 four piston hydraulic disc brakes with 203mm rotor and I remembered how good they felt so I had to get them too. Brooks B17 saddle is pretty much the same story as brakes. I'll admit that I got half-link chain based on the looks.

Gear ratio is 44-16 and it fits perfectly to Helsinki streets. Cannondale Octopus pedals are nice looking and don't ruin the wooden outsole of my leather shoes.

Any and all comments are appreciated.

Frame: Cannondale F700 '02
Fork: Lefty DLR 100mm
Wheels: Alexrims XD-Lite (29'er / 700c)
Tires: Specialized All Condition Armadillo 700x23c
Brakes: Shimano XT BR-M755 w/ 203mm rotors
Saddle: Brooks B17
Handlebar: Ritchey Comp
Chain: Half-link Mask Chain MK 900

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Cool. Odd. Weird. ...Why? I must confess, I've never quite understood SS. I love my gears and don't know why anyone would give them up. Your bike looks cool, but what an odd mix of retro/tech. Leather seat with a lefty on a rim/tire combo that will snakebite before the suspension would ever be used up and brakes that will over power the tires all the time. ...and you don't even have clipless pedals? I admire anyone that takes the time to cook up their own creation like this and goes to the effort to make it look good. I'd love to take it for a spin, just to see what it is like. But, I don't get it.

Happy riding, none the less.
 

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Cool. A real work of art. A bike that really stands out. I like it.
 

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Not every bike needs gears... my Capo does just fine with it's standard gearing setup. I think that bike is awesome. It's his own take on the Bad Boy.
 

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Are your rotors on backwards? I always figured the "tooth" should be going the opposite direction.*

*I have no experience w/ the "toothed" rotors. My intuition tells me that they should go the other way.
 

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Very nice. Sweet looking bike!
 

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Not sure about the tooth, but I would want those little tiny bars under tension, NOT compression when I am braking. Even if your skinny tires are going to let go right away. <grin> Just a V-brake owners $0.02CDN.
 

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cannonbear said:
Not sure about the tooth, but I would want those little tiny bars under tension, NOT compression when I am braking. Even if your skinny tires are going to let go right away. <grin> Just a V-brake owners $0.02CDN.
The avid 7s on my Scalpel and F29er recommend the bars being in compression when braking (as far as rotation). I just swapped rotors over to my other wheelset today and based on the rotation marks shown on the rotor, they should be in compression. I just looked at photos of my Scalpel the day I took delivery. Same deal.

I think that that general shape (thin, narrow, long) deforms less on the same load when in compression than tension. The outer ring that makes up the braking surface will keep the rotor's shape to prevent buckling.
 

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Quentin said:
Are your rotors on backwards? I always figured the "tooth" should be going the opposite direction.*

*I have no experience w/ the "toothed" rotors. My intuition tells me that they should go the other way.
Hi Quentin, rotors are not backwards:) There are arrows showing right spinning direction. Rotors are A2Z. When bike was build up, I didn't have Shimano 203mm rotors so I end up with these. Now I have new Shimanos and I'm planning to put them on (looks better than "mean" A2Z I think).
 

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Love Brooks saddles!

They get so comfy over time , I wouldn't change mine for anything , even if it weight as much as 2-3 saddles! (500g)
 

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Love Brooks saddles!

They get so comfy over time , I wouldn't change mine for anything , even if it weight as much as 2-3 saddles! (500g)
Do you use your Brooks saddle for mountain biking? I recently bought a barely used Brooks Swift Titanium, but when I got it and was oogling over it's beauty, I suddenly got really paranoid that it'd get ruined in rain or mud. So I put it back on eBay, where it currently is lol.

But if you guys have experience with getting the saddles wet or muddy and them being ok, maybe I will keep it
 

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Do you use your Brooks saddle for mountain biking? I recently bought a barely used Brooks Swift Titanium, but when I got it and was oogling over it's beauty, I suddenly got really paranoid that it'd get ruined in rain or mud. So I put it back on eBay, where it currently is lol.

But if you guys have experience with getting the saddles wet or muddy and them being ok, maybe I will keep it
My Brooks saddle doesn't mind getting wet or muddy. I'll just wipe it off and it's good as new:) Never had any kind of problems with this saddle. Oh, by the way, how much you are asking for your Swift Ti?
 

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I bought it last week for USD $210 on eBay, so I'd like to simply break even on eBay. I was very happy with that price because brand new they go for $350-400, and this is easily as new as can be without being "brand new". One of the old "I bought this saddle and didn't try breaking it in but decided I hate it" stories.

But if people ride in the mud and rain with these saddles, maybe I will keep it. I see so many stories on the internet about Brooks saddles getting ruined in the rain, yet I see others saying it's not an issue. I don't know who to believe haha
 

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Sweet bike!! So it's a 650b? (I'm new to all the different wheel sizes)

I've been eyeing the 29-er 3, which is an SS w/Lefty. Have a second set of rims fitted with street tires. But looking at your 700cx23, is giving me some ideas. The 23 is a bit narrow, but I can definitely see a 28 working very nicely for me.

My other thought was a 700x28, with a 1x9 drivetrain. I live on a plateau and work in the valley. So unless I really need the work out, thought some gears are in order. We'll see how the riding goes this summer...
 

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traffic002 said:
Sweet bike!! So it's a 650b? (I'm new to all the different wheel sizes)
Hi Traffic002,
nope it's not 650b. Mine is 700c. Here is what I have learned:
700c = 622mm
650b = 584mm
I got my information from http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tire_sizing.html
I know, sizing is still kind of a wild sea.

I can only say good things about my 700x23c. Just give them a shot:thumbsup:
 

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Do you use your Brooks saddle for mountain biking?
Yep!

I have a Swift Ti since 2004 on my MTB. Just have to treat it with the Brooks cream once a year and that's it. It's my rear suspention.......
 

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I see so many stories on the internet about Brooks saddles getting ruined in the rain, yet I see others saying it's not an issue. I don't know who to believe haha
Hi XJaredX, Brooks saddle stays clean and sharp as long as you take care of it. Don't use any kind of oil...just Brooks cream. Use it one to two times a year. If saddle gets wet, just air dry it.

Here is good instructions for Brooks owners: http://www.esande.net/features/newbrooks.html
 

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Wow, good information. An SS might be too hardcore for me. But I see something in a 1x9 to try out.

Two sets of wheels, one for mtn, one for road. Awesome! So the road wheels are custome laced with mtn hubs?
 

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So the road wheels are custome laced with mtn hubs?
Yes, I have cyclocross rims with mtb hubs. It's good combination...like them a lot.
 
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