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Old 03-01-12, 08:58 AM   #1
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Converting to single front sprocket, 11-36 rear. What are the best components?

Looking for suggestion on cassette, deraileur, shifter (flat bar), crank, pretty much everything I need to complete the swap.
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Use what you have already. Remove the LHS shifter, two extra chainrings, swap the front derailleur for a chain guide.

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Buy an XTR cassette, derailleur, shifter, Paul crank and Chris King BB.
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Why would you recommend the Chris King BB instead of a ceramic BB?
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Havnt heard good things about the CK BBs. The reviews on mtbr are pretty ****e and my LBS said stay away.
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Sigh.

Threads like these are useless unless you (the OP) give more details.

What are you running now, what do you like and dislike about the setup? Going on a hardtail or full suspension? do you want/need a bash guard of some type or no? What's your budget? You can turn nearly any setup into a 1x setup, but it'd help considerably to know with what you have to work.
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Basically just ditch the larger and smaller chain rings and swap the front derailer for a chain guide. Remove front shifter and cable and you're 1x9 or whatever you have in the rear. What do you mean by "what are the best components?" You could spend a Lot of money, so maybe specify your goals a little more here.
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Havnt heard good things about the CK BBs. The reviews on mtbr are pretty ****e and my LBS said stay away.
I've installed several of the CK bb's and own two myself. I don't have any creaking issues with mine or the ones I have installed. I'd take any review on MTBR with a heaping grain of salt - there are other parts that the creaking could be coming from and it could also come from poor installation.

I like CK because the bearings are made in house, it's easily serviceable, and it's just a quality product - like everything else CK. Of course, there are lots of good(and cheaper) options out there for BB's.
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Sigh.

Threads like these are useless unless you (the OP) give more details.
I picked the most expensive things that came to mind. Replacing things that ain't broke can be silly.
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The only things you need extra are a chain guide or bash guard to help keep the chain on during rough stuff. And maybe different length chain ring bolts.
I recently converted my rig to a 1x7. I started by simply unhooking the front derailleur and using it as a chain guide. Rode it for a while to make double sure I was going to like it. Once I was sure, I removed the inner and outer rings, installed a bashguard and inner ring I bought really cheap, an voila! 1x7!
As far as the back end goes, I didn't mess with that, so I cant help you there.
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