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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 09-21-09, 06:06 PM   #1
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Is this a good Mountain bike SS/FG candidate?

Hi all, This is my first post.. I wanted to enlist the expertise of you all, is this a good candidate for a SS/FG conversion? What would I need to accomplish this? Also how much do you think it would cost to anodize the frame and fork?

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Old 09-21-09, 08:41 PM   #2
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I think those are vertical dropouts, and if they aren't, those are the dreaded cantilevered dropouts, that tend to crack.

If those are indeed vertical dropouts, then I would look elsewhere, as the only real means of turning that bike into a fixed wheel is by using a white industries ENO hub. It's a perfectly good, but pricey option.

If they happen to be horizontal, or even semi-horizontal, then all you really need is a 26 inch fixed wheel (probably a custom build), a set of track chainrings, and a new bottom bracket to get the chainline right.
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^there are options besides the fancy schmancy hub, but they're a little kludgy. not in a bad way. check sheldon brown for ideas.
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Thanks guys, Looks like the search continues...
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^there are options besides the fancy schmancy hub, but they're a little kludgy. not in a bad way. check sheldon brown for ideas.
no really good options, especially not for someone new to fixed wheels. There are magic gears, and having to buy a new chain whenever it stretches just a little. Or of course there is the infamous QR skewer trick, not something I would recomend to someone new to cycling. There may be options, but no real good ones
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Those dropouts are pretty clearly semi-horizontal. I'm betting you could find a gear ratio that works.

Worst case go take a look at it.
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