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    Chain tensioner for conversions

    As I am converting a road bike to a single speed for a family member, I am wondering if there are any considerable differences in quality between the lower priced versions, such as the Nashbar and Sette (actually the Nashbar branded and Sette branded look like they could be from the same maker):

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...2_175492_-1___
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/167...-Tensioner.htm

    and a more expensive tensioner like the Surly:

    http://www.jensonusa.com/!-3zGh7FB1-...rly-Singleator

    Does the old adage "you get what you pay for" apply here? I should mention that this will be road only riding, no cross. Thanks.

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    You said single speed, but just to be safe, this isn't going to be for a fixed right?
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    ^^ correct.

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    The Surly looks a lot nicer, but I'd wager that either one will get the job done just fine.
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    I have the Nashbar one. It is ok and will do what you want it to do.
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    Thanks guys.

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    If you're really on a budget, an old RD with a spoke in the place of the cable (clamped by the cable clamp with elbow in barrel adjuster) to hold position works just about as well. Doesn't look as cool though.

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    If money isn't an object, I'm thrilled with my Paul Tensioner. It seems very sturdy and should last me a long time. Looking around, they can be had from between $65-$75. I personally looked and waited awhile and got mine for $50 awhile back.

    Oh yea, the ones they are making now are compatible with 1/8" chains.

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    Thanks for the info. Money is not an object, to an extent. I read about the Melvin and it looks nice, but I wanted to keep it a single pulley. I also read that people seem to like the Soulcraft Convert. That one seems to be one of the most expensive, but well liked.

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    Why wont a tensioner work with fixed? Ive never been able to figure it out, I just know everyone recomends against it
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muffin Man View Post
    Why wont a tensioner work with fixed? Ive never been able to figure it out, I just know everyone recomends against it
    When you backpedal the spring in the tensioner with depress. You will more than likely drop your chain and die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nagrom_ View Post
    drop your chain and die.
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    drop your chain and die.
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    drop your chain and die.
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    drop your chain and die.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
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    I know there's mixed thoughts on them, but wouldn't a chain stay mounted tensioner work for fixed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greyryder View Post
    I know there's mixed thoughts on them, but wouldn't a chain stay mounted tensioner work for fixed?
    Only if it was completely rigid (couldn't swing) after being set up. At which point it would add friction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    Only if it was completely rigid (couldn't swing) after being set up. At which point it would add friction.
    And would also kinda defeat the point, as it would have the same effect as removing a handfull of links.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Broon View Post
    And would also kinda defeat the point, as it would have the same effect as removing a handfull of links.
    The one benefit I could see is not needing a "magic" gear or chain length with vertical dropouts. I guess if one could be designed for sideways (chainline) and vertical (chain tension) adjustment, it might do the trick without adding too much drag.
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