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my rear mech is on the way out so this is the time to decide. SS or gears. i already have the ss kit for my bike but i would need to buy a tensioner, or should i just buy a new mech?

edit: on my usuall travel to college tomorrow i shall only use one gear to see what its like.
 

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Single speed all the way. I wasn't sure about it before i switched but I am so glad i did now. Simple, no derailler in the way, lighter, no flopping chain. More skatepark and street tricks are possible. I would do it
 

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I would say single speed unless you really needed to ride far to get wherever you were going, or if you needed a lower ratio for trials stuff. Even though, I rode about 8 miles "commute style" on my singlespeed P.2 and it wasn't that bad, you just don't get there as fast. Also, I'm not good enough for trials stuff, so I don't really care about that.

I have to second the no chain slapping around everywhere. It's a cleaner riding cleaner looking bike. Plus, less bits to break.
 

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SS all the way!
 

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I think the rennen is not even possible. i havn't found anywhere in the uk where i can get one and usually importing is expensive

also, ive seen the same bike as mine on ebay, ss but without a tensioner. is this possible/safe? Link
 

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if you're in the UK, just go DMR... I personally hate chain tensioners though, haha... try a half-link chain, maybe you can get lucky with it. That's what I run, but I also have horizontal drops.
 

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Gears are way more versitile, but if your not doing trails or anything that requires a lot of speed, SS all the way.
 

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rocpyro said:
Has anyone ever used a rennnen on an STP??? Im having problems, it will prolly just go on my trials bike.
I've put them on several STPs. You may have to elongate the slot where the bolt goes into the spot where the derailer was. I also fabricated a custom washer for the QR hub I used to have.
Depending on your chainline, you may need to add/remove spacers to the bolt that the roller is on, for ideal alignment.

Without any detail to your post, I am reduced to guessing where you are having a problem.
 

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what are the most common/versatile set ups when running ss on a 26" urban bike. I love the idea but do need to climb a lot to hit some of the drops close to where i live.
 
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