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My buddy picked up the Kona Scrap and is thinking about converting to single speed.

What is he looking at for parts that he would have to buy and what do you guys think it would cost??

Thanks

-Tyler
 

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Rennen Rollenlager chain tensioner, or other fixed tensioner. Spring loaded chain tensioners suck. A SS specific chainring and cog would be nice, but not totally neccesary. You can get cassette spacers, or just use PVC. It's very inexpensive to go SS.
 

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I wanted to do single speed on my Kona Stuff. I used a cog and spacers from a couple old cassettes to convert the hub. I bought an Axiom tensioner(spring loaded) because it was cheap. If I had the money, I would have bought a Rennen Rolenlager but whatever. The tensioner worked like **** at the begining because there was too much chain. I took a link out so the tensioner had barely enough room to move and bounce up to the frame. now it works perfect havent dropped a chain. Anorther problem was my derailler hanger. it was a fraction bent. Fixed that and its good now. The good thing with a spring loaded tensioner is its easy to get the wheel off and on. If you have the money, I recomend a Rennen Rolenlager. Problem free. Strong. So for me it only cost the amount of the tensioner. if you dont have old cassettes around, ask your bike shop. THey stock them sometimes for cheap. I kept a regular chain but I might change to something stronger. If you dont want anything too heavt, get a sram ss chain, if you dont mid heavy, get a bmx chain.
 

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Half link chains are awesome because they let you really dial in the chain length. I haven't used the KMC ones (I've had the 415H street chain and was impressed) but I've used the Shadow Conspiracy Interloc V2 for BMX and was never dissappointed. But whatever chain you've got will still work just fine.
 

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I've got that KMC chain. I love it, but I've never had anything like it before - no room to compare. With that being said, I don't have any complaints. Heavy? Who cares.
 
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