singlespeeding a downtube 8H
Have a 2008 DT front suspension internal hub. Love the frame, hate the hub - it feels like peddling an execise bike. It occurs to me that the horizontal dropouts offer an opportunity to do something other than sell the bike - and have a fun single speed to play around with. I had a look on the forum but didn't see any posts. If anyone's done a conversion, could you tell me how hard it is and what I'd need to get the LBS to do it. I was also gong to lighten the bike up a bit with a new saddle and maybe new bar - I already got rid of the original but even the one I've got is pretty wide.
thoughts/suggestions from those more mechanically inclined than I am?
- Plan gear ratio; I went with 53/14
- Choose a hub (not necessarily ss) and cog/freewheel to go with it
- Rebuild rear wheel
- Adjust chain length & chainline (spacers etc)
LBS involvement could be limited to supplying hub & cog.