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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 12-18-05, 11:29 PM   #1
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Singlespeed???

after 15 years of building xc racing mountain bikes, i'm thinking of building a singlespeed. the main thing I would like to know is, what would be a good frame to build on? It has to be able to do trails.
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Old 12-18-05, 11:40 PM   #2
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people say surlys are "burly as hell"
or check out the IRO rob roy for XC
or Iro Mia for a fork and droupouts that has disc "break" compatability.
its all the search function my friend.
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Old 12-19-05, 08:03 AM   #3
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Old 12-19-05, 08:08 AM   #4
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Lots of good MTB SS makers out there, and 29's are getting real popular which widens the field somewhat.
Kona is a good standard SS foundation if you wanted to try one without breaking the bank on a custom job
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MTB singlespeeds are the hot new thing. Here's a few models you'll be able to get ahold of pretty easily:

Surly 1x1: Steel, and can handle fatties real well. Horizontal drops.
On-One Inbred: Steel, fancy stays and fork, sliding dropouts. Has a der hanger for going geared.
Kona Unit/Explosif: Steel, sliding dropouts. Explosif has a der hanger for going geared.
Bianchi **SS (SASS, WUSS, PUSS, etc.): Steel, horizontal drops.
IRO Mia/Highlander: Steel/AL, horizontal drops.
Cannondale 1FG: AL, EBB.
Gary Fisher Rig: AL, EBB, 29'er.

Thats off the top of my head. Check the mtbr.com reviews under singlespeed for more ideas.
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The Bianchi M.U.S.S. is looking pretty good. The 3.7" tires Surly is proposing looks awfully tempting, although I think a German manufacturer makes a 2.5" slick (which wouldn't be any good in snow) I'm tired of disassembling and cleaning my 27speed every winter and spring. I saw some awesome fat tire bike going through a parking lot by the metrodome in Minneapolis. Do they make singlespeed 29'ers? I knew there was something wrong with riding a full-on X-country race bike in the snow. All I know is, the ability to ride 365 days a year is the only way to live. Thanks for the input.
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Hahahah. Bianchi REALLY needs to come up with some better names.
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Bianchi San Jose. Happy now?
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warning on bianchi though!!

I test rode a Bianchi SASS not too long ago. Let me tell you that this frame is hella stiff. My Kona Aluminum frame feels cushy in comparison.
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or you could use a frame you may already have, with a white industries ENO hub.
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The Bianchi M.U.S.S. is looking pretty good. The 3.7" tires Surly is proposing looks awfully tempting, although I think a German manufacturer makes a 2.5" slick (which wouldn't be any good in snow) I'm tired of disassembling and cleaning my 27speed every winter and spring. I saw some awesome fat tire bike going through a parking lot by the metrodome in Minneapolis. Do they make singlespeed 29'ers? I knew there was something wrong with riding a full-on X-country race bike in the snow. All I know is, the ability to ride 365 days a year is the only way to live. Thanks for the input.
The awesome fat tire bike was the Surly Pugsley - specially made to have clearance for the 3.7 tires.

There are lots of 29er single speeds, here's a few:

Surly Karate Monkey
Voodoo Dambala and Aizan
Niner One-Nine, Sir 9
On One Inbred 29er
Kona Unit 2-9
Soma Juice
Fisher Rig
Gunnar Ruffian 29er
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