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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 03-08-06, 03:01 PM   #1
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Carbon Fiber SS

Just curious, but has anyone here fixed up a ss/fixie using a carbon frame?

I am going to fix up one my bikes into a ss and someone made a comment to me the other day that I should convert my carbon bike into a fixie, it would probably come in around 15-16pds.... the more I think about it, it seems like a great idea..
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i've ridden a corima, does that count?
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I say go for it. Build a wheel with an Eno hub rather than trying to find a magic gear ratio/chain length.
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Yeah, one guy here commutes on a carbon singlespeed. He's pretty quick.
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What brand/model is your CF bike?
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its a pedal force qs2.
it was 650.00 for a 2.1 pd carbon frame, and although 650.00 is alot of money, for a carbon pretty cheap. that is why the person brought it up. I was just out looking at it and I am pretty sure I am going to do it just fr kicks
good to know other people have done it
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I was gonna say if it's a nice Orbea or LOOK I'd stab you.
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Speaking of carbon on a fixie. I run a carbon planet x fork on track bike that I ride on the road, think I should be concerned?
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I was gonna say if it's a nice Orbea or LOOK I'd stab you.
hell I 'd stab myself
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I used to ride this wacky carbon bike fixed. Magic gearing is cool until your chain wears in. Or better yet, if your chain is worn when you put it on and then when you want to replace it, a new one doesn't fit.




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All that is to say.... Build an ENO wheel. You can always find a good road frame to convert if you decide you want to switch.
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I'd totally convert one of those. I think it's really funny to watch people's faces as they try to grapple with exactly what the hell it is you're riding.


My ICE was like that. Really uncomfortable, but awesome looking.
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I'd totally convert one of those. I think it's really funny to watch people's faces as they try to grapple with exactly what the hell it is you're riding.


My ICE was like that. Really uncomfortable, but awesome looking.
HAHAHA! sweet! that bike has a serious identity crisis.
CF frame+fork (+ cranks too?), fixed, with risers and a BROOKS!

awesome.
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HAHAHA! sweet! that bike has a serious identity crisis.
CF frame+fork (+ cranks too?), fixed, with risers and a BROOKS!

awesome.


Yeah.... those cranks..... ugh. They're on my chopper now. They make this nasty creaking noise. After a lot of time trying to figure out what was making the noise, I realized that the spider itself was flexing. Flexing to the point that loc-tite didn't keep the chainring bolts in place. They looked really cool though. That was kinda the point of that bike. I hated the way it rode. I traded it for a Cannondale MTB (whose ride I also hated) that I promptly stripped the parts off of and sold. It looked really sweet though, especially with the really fat bladed aluminum fork that went on there right before I did the trade. One of those Kinesis Air-Foil jobbies. That Easton fork flexed like a wet noodle.
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I think my brother still has a funky old lugged carbon fiber trek with horizontal dropouts. He had it fixed for awhile, I think...
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I LOVE that seattube.
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I'd totally convert one of those. I think it's really funny to watch people's faces as they try to grapple with exactly what the hell it is you're riding.


My ICE was like that. Really uncomfortable, but awesome looking.
I have an easton fork on a univega steel frame....like it. Not sure how i feel about it on a cf frame, though....still all around goodness, though....
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Just curious, but has anyone here fixed up a ss/fixie using a carbon frame?

I am going to fix up one my bikes into a ss and someone made a comment to me the other day that I should convert my carbon bike into a fixie, it would probably come in around 15-16pds.... the more I think about it, it seems like a great idea..
When I put a carbon fork, carbon seatpost and light wheels on my steel conversion it ends up way below UCI limit. I haven't been riding it like that yet as it undergoes surgery right now but it seems fun to leave it like it.
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Here's a crazy one from FGG http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2005/mar/seiple.htm
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I like this one.
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100000000 style points deduction because of that brake. WTF is that crappy lever? And the ungodly, way too long housing? And why on earth put a rear brake on a fix? Arrrrgh
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100000000 style points deduction because of that brake. WTF is that crappy lever? And the ungodly, way too long housing? And why on earth put a rear brake on a fix? Arrrrgh
I believe the bike had no hole to mount a front brake and the rear if you look close enough is two pieces of cheap aluminium clamped around the seat stays. I would imagine by the amount of training she has been doing on the keirin track lately, the brake will be coming off very soon.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Look-carbon-fibe...QQcmdZViewItem

quick, it ends tomorrow!

not my auction, BTW, I just thought it applied to the topic at hand.
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http://cgi.ebay.com/Look-carbon-fibe...QQcmdZViewItem

quick, it ends tomorrow!

not my auction, BTW, I just thought it applied to the topic at hand.
I have one of those frames sitting in my basement. It belonged to my uncle and I bought it off of him, along with a box of vintage Campy parts for a song. When I put it together with an Ultegra 600 STI gruppo I had, and took it for a ride, something felt horribly wrong, like the bike was a rolling spring. I couldn't figure it out until I stood up to power up a hill. Then I realized the problem - that the downtube had separated from the bottom bracket lug. Due to electric/chemical reactions between the carbon tubes and aluminum lugs, the glue holding the bike together was slowly dissolving.

It was really a shame. I stripped the frame and tried to find someone who would be able to reglue it, but that has come to naught. So now it rests in the basement, alone and unridden. This is a problem with many of these early CF bonded frames, as they'll eventually come apart due to an unintentional ignorance of the laws of chemical/electrical reactions between dissimilar elements.

Buyer beware.
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