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    So I'm looking at the Redline Monocog as a commuter/winter bike. Are fixed hubs available in 110 spacing?

    Or should I just forget about this one completely? I suppose singlespeed could be a good training bike...

    Ideally, I have in mind a bike with wide tire clearance that I can run as fixed or freewheel with brakes (front disk) and a rigid fork. Any ideas? There's probably some good conversion possibilities....if they have the tire clearance.


    edit: Oh yeah..I'm kinda cheap, I mean, frugal.
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    Hey lala-
    check this:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/sovos.html

    also
    http://www.63xc.com/links/links.htm
    ctrl+f "110mm"
    right to the monocog!
    (maybe email 63xc for more info?)

    I also remember hearing this before:
    adjustable vertical rear drops and fixed
    and
    fixed gear monocog?
    and
    Sovos Hubs
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    reload has NOS high flange DA track hubsets with 110mm rear spacing for $300.

    a lot of scratch for a hubset, but they're sweet.

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    these can be respaced to 110mm. they are really cheap, but still better than sovos. I think nashbar fixed hub is same as these.
    Or if you know someone in Japan, it's super easy to get good quality hubs in that spacing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lala
    So I'm looking at the Redline Monocog as a commuter/winter bike. Are fixed hubs available in 110 spacing?

    Or should I just forget about this one completely? I suppose singlespeed could be a good training bike
    Maybe just go the bum-bike route with the BMX hub. I contemplated this route before I built the Surly 1x1 into the Winter Fixie. Given the fact the ride can barely get out of it's own way (36 x 17, 2" knobbies), slowing down isn't much of a problem. Brakes give you the safety / backup. A flip/flop hub gives you the extra freewheel or cog if you have a stripping incident.
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    if you buy it complete you can just flip the hub over; it's free/fixed....

    the redline brand hubs and dont seem bad at all... it is a great singlespeed all around!

    i've never ridden mine fixed but it certainly wouldn't be hard to do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by max-a-mill
    if you buy it complete you can just flip the hub over; it's free/fixed....
    I don't believe this is correct. The two different thread sizes for sized freewheels:

    "Rear hub BMX style flip-flop, threaded for standard freewheel (included, 18 teeth or your choice) and the smaller metric size on the other side, permitting the use of optional 14 & 15 tooth freewheels."

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    Quote Originally Posted by lala
    Ideally, I have in mind a bike with wide tire clearance that I can run as fixed or freewheel with brakes (front disk) and a rigid fork. Any ideas? There's probably some good conversion possibilities....if they have the tire clearance.


    edit: Oh yeah..I'm kinda cheap, I mean, frugal.
    I'd search out a used Surly 1x1, you should be able to get a decent one for cheap. You see them pop up on the MTBR.com classifieds a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiecker
    I don't believe this is correct. The two different thread sizes for sized freewheels:

    "Rear hub BMX style flip-flop, threaded for standard freewheel (included, 18 teeth or your choice) and the smaller metric size on the other side, permitting the use of optional 14 & 15 tooth freewheels."
    Also...I'm looking at the webcyclery's deal on the monocog which includes a disc wheelset...so I was looking for a hub to switch out to flipflop.

    Thanks, folks. I appreciate the advice/comments.
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    woot! Looks like I can do it, eh? switch out the hub and build me a cheap off-roader/commuter. I just might do it. (Checking on the monocog's actual tt legth...)
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    Lala - I don't know if this matters to you, but I noticed that the disc monocog is aluminum, while the v-brake one is steel. I think I'd probably go with the steel/v-brake one, if it was up to me.

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    It does matter! Dammit. Why can't anything be easy? I think the deal is for the disc version...but I hear full setups are pretty inexpensive, so I should keep searching.

    Thanks.
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    Surly makes track hubs in 120mm spacing (pretty close) with your choice of either fixed/fixed or fixed/freewheel threading. Not as cheap as the Sovos hub, but sealed bearings are nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lala
    woot! Looks like I can do it, eh? switch out the hub and build me a cheap off-roader/commuter. I just might do it. (Checking on the monocog's actual tt legth...)
    If you get this bike, you can go fixed for even cheaper than buying a rear wheel. Do a search on "Boone Cog", it's a fixed cog you can bolt in place of the disc and you'll have a flip-flop.
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    Cool.. more choices!
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    Both the steal and aluminum versions are disc and v brake compatible. The aluminum does have nicer dropouts/track ends, but it's aluminum.

    My two-cents - get the steel and have a shop cold-set it to 120mm spacing. There's lots of good, cheap, fixed hubs in 120mm. Someone over at the MTBR SS board cold set his to 135mm with no problem, so 120 shouldn't be a big deal.

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    I own a monocog, its a freakin tank.Max tire width is about 2.6" roughly, or it wont clear in the rear.I put a 44T chainring and 15t freewheel cog on the BMX side and it isnt enough for the street really, it works, but you'll spin out pretty easily.Biggest chainring that will clear is a 44T too.I dont think Id want to ride it fixed, the geometry would be just too weird.Its a good backup bike, I got 10th place on it in an alleycat race here a few years back, but I dont have the urge to ride it daily anymore, its better for hucking off loading docks and going offroad.Its killer in the winter in the snow and ice with studded tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiecker
    I don't believe this is correct. The two different thread sizes for sized freewheels:

    "Rear hub BMX style flip-flop, threaded for standard freewheel (included, 18 teeth or your choice) and the smaller metric size on the other side, permitting the use of optional 14 & 15 tooth freewheels."
    Hmm...
    What about this BMX hub I used?
    Both thereads - left on left hand side and right (visible R on pic) on right hand side have same 3cm diameter.
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