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    NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS! a2psyklnut's Avatar
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    Single Speeders. What and Why?

    Discussion in another thread sparked my brain to open up a seperate discussion.

    Who here rides a single speed?

    What is it? (Frame and Specs) and of course pics if you got them.

    Why? Many non-SS riders don't understand the attraction. Tell us why you made the switch.


    Do you still ride a geared bike or are you fully committed to the Single life?
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    Ooops forgot my story:

    Me, single for about 1.5.

    Bike, cheap steel frame from Nashbar I purchased for $35.00. That and a bunch of parts I had laying around. Changes depending on what parts I need for another project.

    Currently:
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    Front hub is a Marz 20mm, laced to a Sun DS-1 rim.
    Rear is an LX hub laced to a generic rim.
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    Not using a chain tensioner because my gear ratio allows for perfect chain length.

    Why? I had spare parts, thought I'd give it a go.
    Love it, love the simplicity. I can ride it through almost every trail. It's a great workout. I sometimes don't make all the climbs, but get about 95% of them.

    It's different.

    I switch back and forth between it and my full squish geared bike. Depends on what my buddies are riding. I've got one or two SS buddies and a lot more geared buddies.
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    If I wanted to go single speed and make it up any of the hills I ride, I'd have to have something like 22/22 gearing, which would be useless on any flat or downhill terrain. Doesn't seem practical to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notfred
    If I wanted to go single speed and make it up any of the hills I ride, I'd have to have something like 22/22 gearing, which would be useless on any flat or downhill terrain. Doesn't seem practical to me.

    But you get stronger when you ride ss/fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lala
    But you get stronger when you ride ss/fixed.
    The trail I rode last weekend has about 1000 feet of climbing to the top. The first part of the ride is ALL uphill, and the second part is ALL downhill. I just don't see myself standing up to pedal for an hour straight or however long it takes to reach the top.

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    I ride geared for XC and ss for everything else, i love the simplicity, the smoothness, and the feeling of being different, its also practically maintenance free, and saves a fortune on parts. And i can still paste all my mates into the ground when they use their geared bikes and im on single speed..

    Been riding Single speed for bout 3 months now and love every minute, lots of people think it isnt versatile enough, i disagree with this...

    Pictures of my single speed steed are in my signature under DMR...

    And im not totally commited as i need gears for Xc because the terrain around here is hilly, and much more energy effecient to use gears for XC..

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    Been SS for about a month.
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    Well I am building up a SS MTB, not just SS but rigid. Why? Not sure....no wait well I want to look like a bada$$ Ok just kidding I am goign this route because I am cheap and wanted to try a SS/fixie. I was going to do a roadie but I don't have a MTB right now so I figure I should have one. I miss the mountains, been a while since I rode out in the woods.
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    I just finished my conversion. Problematic shifting and a general lack of money prompted the change. I love the elegant simplicity. I have two bikes, I am a committed single-speeder, a fixed gear road bike and my single speed mountain bike. To understand the attraction, imagine your best ride ever, then picture that without the added distraction of shifting. I cannot tell you how many times a potentially great ride has been squandered by problematic shifting.

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    Me just getting into riding mountain bikes was thinking of setting up ss. where I ride, appalachains of Virginia its up and down and steep at times too but mostly when I am heading down I am not spinning anyway because of the technical difficulties. Coming from a cyclocross background I have no problem getting off the bike and running. Ocassionally on a fire road I could use the big ring but thats it. I have an old Paramount frame that would make a great SS. The other day I went out with a friend on a $1600 dollar bike that stopped shifting when the mud froze in his gearing. Mostly it would be all about the fun and challenge.

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    I have a hardrock SS 15in silver with black flames.Its pretty much stock, ditch witch rims,hussefelt cranks. I'm getting ready to upgrade the tires to K-rads or Hollyrollers and add a E-13 bash guard.I use it for jumping and urban riding. After spending a couple of hours around town on it, it gives a pretty good work out.
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    haha...no singlespeed for me yet.
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    5 reasons... all equally valid

    -simplicity. plain LOOKS wayyy better
    -no maintenance. mud on/in shifting drivetrain = clean clean clean
    -LIGHTER. ooh boy yeah
    -quiet as a mouse (w/ shimano freewheel)
    -lastly, i never used the gears i had on my trail anyways... 33x17 is perfect compromise



    oh yeah, on the road, i made the switch from gears to fixed. looks like im never going back to clusters again

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    I dont know, i can see why people want single speed stuff but i dont think i will ever change it. I like having the modulation, sometimes im feeling really lazy and use different gears then when i really want to go.

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    I switched for durability and ease of build reasons. I wanted something easy to maintain and wouldn't be likely to break. I use a hadley hub with some fixings to make it SS.

    I personally don't think there is more soul to it, or feels its superior. I enjoy it and will likely keep running it on my djer. But I wouldn't do it on my trail bikes

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    Yea thats just the thing, i have to have one bike for everything. So I dont find it sensible, since i got my x7 setup though i have had no problems with shifting.

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    hadley hubs? Are those the ones that have a very loud tick tick sound?

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    I think those are King hubs.

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    Hadley's are loud as well. I love it

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    aaah those!!! THose are horrible things! I remember a guy on a trail had one i could hear him from a mile away, im surprised the fishermen did not swear at him for scaring away the fish

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    Quote Originally Posted by a2psyklnut
    Not using a chain tensioner because my gear ratio allows for perfect chain length.
    With vertical dropouts? What is the ratio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maelstrom
    Hadley's are loud as well. I love it
    Mine is quieter than I expected. Maybe it will get louder as it breaks in.

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    My 240's are the most silent hubs i have used. I love those things

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    started geared like most people, went SS a few years back while living in NJ (converted a Salsa Ala Carte to EBB). Moved back to Australia and went back to gears. WAY too steep and hilly for me right now out here. A lot of the climbs in my local parks are VERY steep so SS was killing my knees. Maybe after a year or so of full on riding I could go back to SS but right now, my knees are more important to me. I still love the feeling and simplicity of SS and would like to get back to it. I kept my Chris King SS wheel, ready to burn some "loud" singletrack when I'm ready.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gastrocnemius
    Mine is quieter than I expected. Maybe it will get louder as it breaks in.
    Thats what I found anyways. Its not as loud as a king but much louder than shimano. Took a few weeks of riding to get the noise good and obnoxious though

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