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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 01-04-10, 08:52 PM   #1
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Advice needed gor GT MTB

Going SS and need an affordable single crank and rear hub. Crank is more important because it has a cassette and a spacer kit can be used.

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Old 01-04-10, 09:54 PM   #2
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I guess everyone is waiting for you to pop the question...
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Old 01-04-10, 11:13 PM   #3
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I'd get a Race Face X-type and just run a single ring. The Ride and Evolve DH are overkill, but less than $100 including bb. Nashbar sells rear single speed cassette hubs for $50, 135mm spaced with a 16t cog, bolt on. Otherwise I'd get a nice freewheel rear hub and a WI freewheel.
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He can just get the SS kit for his hub for under $30.
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Yea but he asked ab a crankset...
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I see that. And he mentioned that he has a cassette hub already, so I'm wondering why you suggested buying a new rear hub. That's all.
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Sorry, I must have missed something.
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Sorry, I must have missed something.
Indeed. Not sure how though:

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Going SS and need an affordable single crank and rear hub. Crank is more important because it has a cassette and a spacer kit can be used.

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He's asking about an affordable crank and a rear hub, but states that the crank is more important, as he has a cassette hub already, and can use spacers. Since he seems to be budget conscious, I see no reason to suggest a new hub. Instead, get a decent crank, and use the existing hub.

I think we're making a lot more fuss than necessary.
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If budget is important, why not take off two of the chain rings and use a spacer kit to line up the cog to the remaining chain ring? Total cost, spacer kit plus shorter crank bolts.

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That's how I did it. With PVC spacers, which cost under a dollar.
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I agree that keeping what I already have is going to be the most cost effective way to do this. To do this I want to find a SS specific chain ring, shorter bolts, chain, and rear cog. Also I'm going to need a chain tensioner and figure out what gearing to run.
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I agree that keeping what I already have is going to be the most cost effective way to do this. To do this I want to find a SS specific chain ring, shorter bolts, chain, and rear cog. Also I'm going to need a chain tensioner and figure out what gearing to run.
don't even bother with the SS specific chainring, at least not at first. Just use one of your existing chainrings, and at one point, when you are flushed with money, you can but yourself a new fancy one.

If you want to be really cheap, you can make your own short stack chainring bolts by grinding down your existing pair.
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It has rivits that I will drill and bolts are deffinatly needed.
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