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    New Project: Suggestions Needed!

    I am just starting to gather some parts for my new project. It is a single speed do it all bike. I am wanting something that does not have to be classified as strictly an XC bike or a Freeride bike. Really I want a fairly light bike that can handle quite a bit of abuse. (I am only 150lbs, so I am not heavy by any means) I am trying to build it up on somewhat of a tight budget, so I have been buying used or OEM parts for most of the stuff so far. Here are some pictures of what I have already. Not pictured is a Thomson stem and seatpost coming my way. I need some suggestions for brakes, a crankset, and for a headset. For the brakes I was thinking Juicy 7's, but I am open to any other ideas. For the cranks I was looking into Race Face. I really like the Atlas but I do not know if it is worth the extra cost over the evolve series. Also, is a heavier duty crank necessary on a SS, because I will be standing on the pedals harder than on a geared bike? For the Headset, I would love to have a king, but they seem to be way to pricey (even used), for my tastes. Any suggestions on cheaper alternatives.




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    at one point... i was able to get a king headset off ebay for 85dollars shipped..

    so they arent too expensive when bought online...

    i saved at least 40 dollars over what my lbs was charging

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoneyhobbit
    at one point... i was able to get a king headset off ebay for 85dollars shipped..

    so they arent too expensive when bought online...
    I have been watching Ebay, and the prices there are more reasonable, but I would really like to spend less than that on the headset.

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    Cane Creek S-6 or S-8 should be good and cheaper than King.

    Congrats on the single speed! is this your first?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndelaude
    Congrats on the single speed! is this your first?
    Thanks for the suggestions!

    Yes, this will be my first ss bike. I am just tired of the excess noise and chain/shifting issues on my Cinder Cone. I have been noticing that I do not shift much with my geared bike any way, I am more of a keep it in a higer gear and grind away type rider, so I think I should like ss.

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    Does anyone have any opinions on a good crankset to use for this project. I was initially thinking the Stylo SS would be good, but have heard several bad reviews of it (mtbr), so was now looking at stuff from Race Face. What is a good, relatively light but strong crankset?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattBeaty
    Does anyone have any opinions on a good crankset to use for this project. I was initially thinking the Stylo SS would be good, but have heard several bad reviews of it (mtbr), so was now looking at stuff from Race Face. What is a good, relatively light but strong crankset?
    I'm using a RF Turbine (5-arm, ISIS) and have had no problems. Not telling you to get one, but it's pretty damn strong. Can probably find a closeout somewhere from a place that still has stock left - PricePoint ran out recently.

    Brakes - unless you absolutely 'need' to have adjustable pad contact points, I'd go with Juicy 5s instead of the 7s. You'll save $$ and get a set of brakes with allmost all the functionality of the 7s. Greenfish has 5s for $115/wheel, 7s for $130/wheel, and BB7s for $70/wheel. There may be other deals out there on the BB7, but I haven't seen anyone lower than Greenfish on the Juicys. If you go with Juicys, pick up one of their bleed kits - can't bleed them without it.

    I concur with the Cane Creek headset recommendation - solid headsets.

    Good luck with the build and enjoy the ride!

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