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Old 05-25-11, 06:39 PM   #1
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Converting to Single Speed... Need Help

I have an old Diamondback Traverse that I want to convert to a single speed, all-purpose, goof around bike.
My question is this: Is there an adapter or some-such that I can put on the rear hub instead of the cluster, that accommodates a single gear?
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do you have a cassette or a freewheel? if you have a freewheel just remove it, put on a BNX freewheel and get the wheel respaced and dished. if you have a cassette a few companies make SS kits with a cog and lots of spacers.
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I don't know if you have a freewheel or a cassette but the Nashbar kit worked great for me on my cassette. You have to get the chain as tight as possible for it to work properly (at least I did). Won't work with a freewheel hub though.

http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...0052&langId=-1
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You have to get the chain as tight as possible for it to work properly (at least I did). Won't work with a freewheel hub though.

http://www.nashbar.com/webapp/wcs/st...0052&langId=-1
OH that is something I did not think about. if that Traverse has vertical drops, it will be almost impossible to get proper chain tension.
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If the bike has vertical drop outs, then buy a single speed kit that includes a tensioner, like that Nashbar one.
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OH that is something I did not think about. if that Traverse has vertical drops, it will be almost impossible to get proper chain tension.
I have vertical drops (Motobecane Vent Noir) and the Nashbar setup works great. You just have to get the chain as short as you can and still get it back together. Mine runs totally silent. I love it.
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