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    Looking to go Singlespeed!

    How hard would it be to convert my 2007 Specialized Rockhopper to a singlespeed?

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    I don't think the rockhopper has an eccentric bottom bracket so you would have to get a singulator(sp?) a singulator is just like a derailer that doesn't move around and it just keeps tension on the chain. It hangs on like a derailer too. that's what I did for my cannondale. Can't tell you what to do after that but that should help you a bit. good luck

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    This is probably a noob question, but what is the benefit of a singlespeed? I just can't see why you would not want the opportunity to shift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfishslayer View Post
    This is probably a noob question, but what is the benefit of a singlespeed? I just can't see why you would not want the opportunity to shift.
    Less things to break, and easier to matinence. I would go with 15 in the back and 44 in the front. But if you are climbing a lot, its gotta be 16/40

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crash View Post
    Less things to break, and easier to matinence. I would go with 15 in the back and 44 in the front. But if you are climbing a lot, its gotta be 16/40

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    that seems like an awfully hard gear for mountain biking don't you think? most of the people I know run a 32/18 or for 29er 32/19-20

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    Actually, I meant to say 18/40, but I kinda punched in the wrong thing. Sorry. Anyways, 15/44 is good for trails. Hard start, but once you get up to speed, there's no slowing down, unless you hit the brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crash View Post
    Less things to break, and easier to matinence. I would go with 15 in the back and 44 in the front. But if you are climbing a lot, its gotta be 16/40

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    Indeed I agree with Gordit8me. I run a 32/18 drive train and so far I can make almost any climb. Unforfunately this drive train is too slow on flat trails. I am now willing to try a 2 for 1 drive train but I am sure I will fail at the beginning the hardest climbs.

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    I see that alot of people make kits to do the conversion, but what one have you guys found to be the best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogfishslayer View Post
    This is probably a noob question, but what is the benefit of a singlespeed? I just can't see why you would not want the opportunity to shift.
    I think the main benefit is to turn blah trails into fun trails. If you've kicked the ass of all the trails in your area on your geared bike, riding them on a rigid SS is a big eye-opener. It requires more effort, more skill and a bit of patience. You need more upper-body strength because a lot of your climbing will be out of the saddle instead of a consistent spin.

    So yeah, it's harder, which makes it more fun in this case. YMMV
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    Quote Originally Posted by pinkrobe View Post
    I think the main benefit is to turn blah trails into fun trails. If you've kicked the ass of all the trails in your area on your geared bike, riding them on a rigid SS is a big eye-opener. It requires more effort, more skill and a bit of patience. You need more upper-body strength because a lot of your climbing will be out of the saddle instead of a consistent spin.

    So yeah, it's harder, which makes it more fun in this case. YMMV
    +1 to that but, I think it's made me a faster rider because with a singlespeed you can't get lazy and put it into an easier gear and go slow. you have to keep your momentum. It also teaches you to go faster on windy stuff and to keep your speed. On certain trails that I ride there alot of those short, steep, technical hills that I used to shift into an easier gear to get up and usually fail but now you learn how to charge that kind of stuff and going back to gears you just get alot more efficient and flat out faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordito8me View Post
    +1 to that but, I think it's made me a faster rider because with a singlespeed you can't get lazy and put it into an easier gear and go slow. you have to keep your momentum. It also teaches you to go faster on windy stuff and to keep your speed. On certain trails that I ride there alot of those short, steep, technical hills that I used to shift into an easier gear to get up and usually fail but now you learn how to charge that kind of stuff and going back to gears you just get alot more efficient and flat out faster.
    Yah, that's been my experience as well. I find that when I switch back to my FS, I push a way bigger gear and charge the hills more. It's made me faster...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crash View Post
    Less things to break, and easier to matinence. I would go with 15 in the back and 44 in the front. But if you are climbing a lot, its gotta be 16/40

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    I don't want you to think I'm pickin on ya b/c this is the 2nd thread today in which I am going to call you out. Even an 18/40 gearing is pretty wack for trails. I'm gathering from all of your comments that you're coming from a BMX background. It also souds like your normal trail ride doesn't consist of much climbing. Heck. I live in flat ol KS & I have a couple of ''gut busters" that a 2:1 would be "pushing it".

    Most ss riders are around 2:1. 32/16 or 32/18 or so.

    Check out the SS forum for some great resources.

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    im also in the SS forum, but most of them are road bikers. I'm more into MB.

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    interested in singlespeed parts?

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    Do you guys think I would be better off, selling my bike and buying a SS or converting my current bike to SS?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Crash View Post
    Less things to break, and easier to matinence. I would go with 15 in the back and 44 in the front. But if you are climbing a lot, its gotta be 16/40

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    What kind of singlespeed riding do you actually do? Aside from the funked up gearing advice, I also don't agree with your reasoning for riding singlespeed. I haven't met an SS rider yet who made the switch because his derailleur was just too difficult to maintain. In fact, it's usually the opposite, since somebody comfortable with performing a singlespeed conversion would be able to figure out how a derailleur works.

    I'm not trying to be a dink, but I'm not a big believer in the whole "less to break" ideology. Like Pinkrobe and Gordit8me said, it's all about the different ride experience (not to mention an excuse to own another bike).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superide View Post
    Do you guys think I would be better off, selling my bike and buying a SS or converting my current bike to SS?
    what I'm doing is getting a santa cruz chameleon frame which has a derailer hanger and an eccentric bottom bracket so you can run it with gears or singlespeed. It's not terribly expensive and it's a good all around frame. so you could keep your own components and just get that new frame (which will be exactly what I'm doing) and you can have 2 bikes in one....


    or you could just get another bike

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    you might be on to somthing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superide View Post
    you might be on to somthing.

    once I get my chameleon and get a couple rides with it I can tell you how it is if you want me to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peek the Geek View Post
    I'm not trying to be a dink.
    You're a dink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    You're a dink.
    Guess that's why I didn't have to try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Superide View Post
    you might be on to somthing.
    to add on, I just ordered my chameleon and since the 07 ones have horizontal dropouts instead of an eccentric bottom bracket like the 08 ones, add that to the employee purchase program since my dad works at a shop and I got the frame for 190$ . I would jump on that deal buddy.

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    Damn can you get me some deals from your dad too?

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    no sorry buddy but call up santa cruz and you can still get it for cheaper quick before they run out.

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