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Zach Kowalchuk
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I'm thinking of saving some cash up for a giant STP SS for fast and flowy trails. OR converting my Cannondale F8 to Single Speed. I'm getting sick and tired of trying to get into a lower gear for climbing, then as soon as I start climbing, my chain falls off. I want to rid of mechs.

Also, what would the best gear ratio for trails that can get fast really quick, but still need to be climbed?
 

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There is no magical SS gear ratio that you can go "really quick" and climb easily. For my 29er, I run 33x20 and can get up most of the steep stuff. Flat terrain kind of sucks as far as speed.

If your chain falls off, you just need to adjust your deraileur. But SS is nice, because you're not messing with all that stuff. If I were you, I'd get a SS specific bike instead of converting. I have heard of people that have converted with a SS kit and still had problems with the chain falling off. This is why I like my MC with track ends much better. Simple and efficient. No slider slippage or EBB creak.
 

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p nut said:
There is no magical SS gear ratio that you can go "really quick" and climb easily. For my 29er, I run 33x20 and can get up most of the steep stuff. Flat terrain kind of sucks as far as speed.

If your chain falls off, you just need to adjust your deraileur. But SS is nice, because you're not messing with all that stuff. If I were you, I'd get a SS specific bike instead of converting. I have heard of people that have converted with a SS kit and still had problems with the chain falling off. This is why I like my MC with track ends much better. Simple and efficient. No slider slippage or EBB creak.
My chain keeps falling off in my granny gear because of one small bent tooth. But I still want SS my F8 or get the STP. Probably just do up my F8 to get a feel for SS, and maybe then start saving for a SS rig.
 
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