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    Single Speed Disc Brake 26er?

    Does anyone make these? I have found a number of 29" SS Disc equipped bikes but no 26ers. Any advice?
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    Surly, Soma, Jamis. Lotsa' companies have them out there. What are you looking for, more specifically?

    Otherwise, it's really damn easy to turn any hardtail frame you like into a single speed, in a variety of ways. I've had several single speed mtb setups over the years, and only one was on a single speed specific frame.
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    Redline is making a 26er version of their Monocog again. The bike comes with v-brakes, but can easily use disc brakes since the hubs are disc ready & the frameset has disc tabs.

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    Since I'm primarily going to use my recent acquirement as pure trail/mountain riding, would a single speed be more suitable? I'd even consider keeping a gear or two, if possible..?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrublover View Post
    Surly, Soma, Jamis. Lotsa' companies have them out there. What are you looking for, more specifically?

    Otherwise, it's really damn easy to turn any hardtail frame you like into a single speed, in a variety of ways. I've had several single speed mtb setups over the years, and only one was on a single speed specific frame.
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    FWIW, I primarily ride a singlespeed on trails around the flat trails of Chicago. From time to time I ride on a bike with a 1x9 drivetrain. That really is all the gearing that I need around here. YMMV.

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    Elisdad..so you only run the small "granny" gear up front, correct? I'm currently a 21spd, but the less weight I got on there, the better right? Plus I'm not going to be pedaling much on descents and this bike is ONLY for trails/mountain...

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    I run a 32t chainring up front & a 11-32t cassette in back, it's the stock gearing that came on the bike. I run it pretty much stock other than adding a suspension fork & disc breaks shortly after I got the bike. A 1 to 1 ratio ought to be plenty good enough enough to climb most hills. It's a 29er if that makes any difference to you.

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    i have a gt peace SS w/ eccentric BB and its a 26". Havent really seen much else like it. supposedly it was a show bike for shimano..its matte black w/ shimano decals. triple triangle...its pretty sick!

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    If you want to save weight then a few chainrings and an FD is barely anything.
    There can be a bit of weight in the rear with cassette and RD though, wheels as well, of course.
    Two gears up front may be a cool option.
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    Elisdad, thanks for the info...a 1:1 would be something like 30 chainring and 30 sprocket? lol Sorry I'm tired from work..

    skilled...sounds awesome. I run a GT road bike as well...(but more recently my SE Draft)

    thenomad, didn't think about it that way...but I guess I'll just leave it alone then, unless I can find an internal gear setup I like? But that might be quite heavy as well.... Are you thinking keeping the FD setup and chucking the RD?

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    Yes, 1:1 = the same size chainring/cog combo.

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    Elisdad, but wouldn't it be better to have a smaller chainring when compared to running direct drive?

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    I rarely run 1:1, in that bike's case it'd be 32x32. I'm usually in a higher gear. I was just trying to state that limited gearing on my geared bike has been sufficient for me. I've never wished for a higher gear when I've been off-road with the bike and I've rarely wanted an easier gear, that mostly occurred when I was in worse physical shape.

    On my SS 26er, I used to run a standard 2:1 ratio, 32x16. That was good for most trails around me, but an 18t freewheel in back helped at one particular trail. I currently run 32x20 on my 29er SS, but will be moving up to an 18 or 19t this Spring. I run 42x18 on my SS CX bike.

    I'll leave the question of whether smaller chainrings & cogs would be better to someone more knowledgeable than I am.

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    The thing is when I took the bike home I overlooked the condition of all the teeth on the chainwheels...the middle and smallest had some teeth "cut in half"...so I had the mechanic swap them out for me. W/ the initial 46-36-24 the granny gear was putting out a 1.5 gain ratio. Now with the replaced chainwheels as 46-39-30, the granny is putting out 1.9...this is with the 30T rear....it's a Shimano 7spd "G" cassette...If I do decide to keep this frame and rebuild it to my specs/usage...I may swap out the drivetrain, more specifically the RD, cassette and shift lever..

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    Many chainrings come stock with a few half-height teeth. It makes for better shifting.
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    HHhmm, I wonder if he can swap them back.... I'd prefer having an ultra low gear....

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