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not that i'm planning on doing it any time soon, i was just wondering whats needed to go singlespeed if i decided to. I might be getting wheels for my urban/dj bike for xmas and its gonna have a cassette for gears on the rear wheel. if i go singlespeed, do i have to get rid of the hub (probably an XT) and get a ss hub or is there some sort of hub convertor to switch from gears to ss?
 

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cummings said:
not that i'm planning on doing it any time soon, i was just wondering whats needed to go singlespeed if i decided to. I might be getting wheels for my urban/dj bike for xmas and its gonna have a cassette for gears on the rear wheel. if i go singlespeed, do i have to get rid of the hub (probably an XT) and get a ss hub or is there some sort of hub convertor to switch from gears to ss?
There are a number of ways to do it, but you'll just need a chain tensioner of some sort and a single cog with spacers. Gusset makes a spacer kit that comes w/ a couple different sized cogs, and the surly singleator is a good tensioner.
 

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cummings said:
not that i'm planning on doing it any time soon, i was just wondering whats needed to go singlespeed if i decided to. I might be getting wheels for my urban/dj bike for xmas and its gonna have a cassette for gears on the rear wheel. if i go singlespeed, do i have to get rid of the hub (probably an XT) and get a ss hub or is there some sort of hub convertor to switch from gears to ss?
You can buy a ss conversion kit for the rear wheel. It just uses spacers and one of the cogs from your cassette. PVC pipe does the same thing. Unless you have horizontal dropouts, you're going to need a chain tensioner.
 

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coma13 said:
There are a number of ways to do it, but you'll just need a chain tensioner of some sort and a single cog with spacers. Gusset makes a spacer kit that comes w/ a couple different sized cogs,.
I've got that kit on my hardtail. Works well.

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and the surly singleator is a good tensioner.
Actually, not really. It's spring loaded so still flops around like a derailleur. Look around at some of the pictures on the SS board. People have zip ties and duct tape all over those things.

The best tensioner by far is the rennen rollenlager. It's a fixed plate (thick one at that) that has two contact points....fits over your axle/qr and also with a big bolt that affixes to your derailleur hanger. I had one on my chase frame and it's the shiznit.
 

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I've got that kit on my hardtail. Works well.

Actually, not really. It's spring loaded so still flops around like a derailleur. Look around at some of the pictures on the SS board. People have zip ties and duct tape all over those things.

The best tensioner by far is the rennen rollenlager. It's a fixed plate (thick one at that) that has two contact points....fits over your axle/qr and also with a big bolt that affixes to your derailleur hanger. I had one on my chase frame and it's the shiznit.
can you post a link to where i could see one? that just gave me an idea for a KILLER chain tensioner but I want to see if I'm just imagining what these guys already made.

EDIT: Nevermind! I just found out about this great new site called google.com! Wow, it's so amazing!
 

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You can get the idea.

 

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kidwoo said:
.....The best tensioner by far is the rennen rollenlager.....
yup, i have on on my STP, it will definately take a pounding and last way longer than your frame. plus the fixed position gives a bmx tight chain with no rattling whatsoever.....

oh yeah, a decent rear cog and plain old cog spacers will do the trick and allow you to make the perfect chainline on the rear hub without buying a new one...
 

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damn that bike is ugly, no wonder nobody will buy it......
That frame got 5th place (won the consolation round) pro mountaincross at mammoth beyotch..

That thing's been sold for months.

(this scientific explanation of why that frame is not ugly brought to you by the woo)

I got it like that. It is a little advertiriffic for my tastes.
 

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One of these and a BMX cog....but that doesn't solve your tensioner question.
 

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XSL_WiLL said:
Unless you have horizontal dropouts, you're going to need a chain tensioner.
is that a typo or are you stupid?

EDIT: NVM i'm an idiot... you meant the OTHER type of tensioner..... gotcha.
 

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I must have been under the influence of something in the past few hours because I keep laughing at stupid people..

Thanks J. :p
 

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here's my setup.....
a 16t rear cog and a bunch of thin spacers (about 2 or 3mm's thick) so i could set up a perfectly srtaight chainline. then i used the outside cog of my cassette because it has the grooved face that the end cap that holds everything on mates up to. i tried just the spacers, but without the grooved face, it eventually came loose no matter how much i tightened them. then end it off with the rennen tensioner than bolts into place with it's own bolt in the deraiuller hanger and then with your axle. straight up solid as a rock......
 

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The cheapest way is to take apart a couple of old cassettes and use the spacers. If you need a tensioner, a Rennen is definitely the best way to go. 2:1 is a good ratio, (26" wheels) so if you have a 32 in the front, get a 16T cog for the back.

The kickass way would be to get a SS hub, the Woodman is probably the cheapest.
 

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matt said:
Where could I get a Rennen? Do they sell them anywhere besides directly from their site?
Thanks
sorry, i got mine from somebody who knows somebody who robbed somebody.....

they are kind of spendy compared to some others, but they are very worth it. definately extremely durable and leave your chain with absolutely no play....
 

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These wheel tensioners...with the screw...are they all pretty much universal? These are recommended for SS setup right?
 
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