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Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Cannondale M300SE, Bianchi Giro SS
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Help converting Mid 90s Cannondale M300 to single speed
I currently own a mid 90s Cannondale M300 SE (mountain bike). It is equipped with a bunch of junky components and I want to convert it to a single speed. I've tried researching it, but with so many options and opinions, I am confused. Could anyone offer some advice as to where I could source the necessary parts for the conversion? and what those parts might be specifically? I would like to keep the brakes and have a free wheel. The bike currently has a 21-speed setup of which I consistently use the outer (3rd) sprocket of the crank, and the 5th or 6th sprocked of the cassette. I would like to gear the bike in a similar configuration as a single speed, probably 3 front and 5 rear and without a chain tensioner setup. The bike does not have vertical drops. I would not mind replacing the crank as it looks like it weighs 20lbs. Finaly, not sure if it matters, but the hubs are XTR.
I apologize in advance for my ignorance and appreciate any advice or direction.