I have a singlespeed mtb frame that I'd like to use as an around-town bike. However, I'd like for it to be geared. It's aluminum and has track ends.
Of course, the ideal setup would be an internally-geared hub, but I'm trying to do this project using parts I already own. I have a spare 8-spd LX rear wheel that would work great.
Naturally, the frame lacks a derailleur hanger. But I've seen a few bolt-on ones. Do you think something like this would work for my purposes?
DMR 10mm Chain Tug Mech Hanger
With the hanger on the outside of my chunky aluminum track end instead of directly in-line with it, will a standard mtb derailleur shift properly? Seems like it would be too "outboard" to reach the innermost / lowest cassette cogs.
I have a 10mm -> 9.5mm adapter washer from a Surly Tugnut that should make the hollow axle play nicely with the 10mm hole in the DMR hanger. Do you forsee any other problems? If this is going to be a huge hassle, or just plain unreliable, I'll have to suck it up and take a different approach.
Seems like everyone's going the opposite direction (geared to singlespeed). Swimming upstream once again...