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Old 03-09-03, 07:19 AM   #1
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SS Gear

Have built a new MTB and want to build my Paramount MTB frame as a single-speed. Several questions:

- Is this a reasonable thing to do (why or why not0?
- Who makes good SS rear hubs. The one my LBS recommended cost more than my Campy Record rear hub. Anything reasonable you can recommend?
- Are their SS specific wheels available?

Thanks. Hope to see you on the boardwalks.
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Old 03-09-03, 01:19 PM   #2
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Is this a reasonable thing to do (why or why not)?
it's your bike, you're the one riding it. only you can answer that.

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Who makes good SS rear hubs.
Surly, Chris King

they're gonna be more expensive, that's a given. these companies don't move nearly as many parts as campy or shimano does.

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Are their SS specific wheels available?
there is one shop online i know of that'll sell you a SS wheel, though unfortunately i can't remember their address. there's no reason you can't have a bike shop build up a wheel for you though with whatever hub you choose.

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i'd hope to see you in the dirt moreso than on some silly little boardwalk

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- Are their SS specific wheels available?
Webcyclery has a page of single speed wheels.

Sheldon Brown over at Harris Cyclery has some stock wheels, or will build you a set.

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- Is this a reasonable thing to do (why or why not0?
Building a single speed is probably never reasonable. Don't let that stop you.
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Building a single speed is not unreasonable...building a fixie is. No good reason ever to have a fixie...which is exactly why you should do it.!!!!!!
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