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Old 01-09-13, 12:23 AM   #1
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How to convert a Mountain Bike to a Fixie

Dear All,

I have a 18 speed mountain bike and I want to convert it into a fixie myself but i have many doubts.
Here a pic of my MTB.


1) Do I need to change the frame considering that the rear could be too loose after removing all the rear gear cogs?
2) Do I need to change the whole rear wheel considering that the hub may not be able to convert into a fixie?

Have anyone done such a conversion before?
If yes, perhaps you can share your experience with some step by step guides and advices?

Thank you very much.

Cheers.
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Have anyone done such a conversion before?


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Thanks. I have read through the sites...now is to find the parts and start to disassemble my MTB...

Will post back here for help when I meet with difficulties.

My problem is that it seems difficult to find fixie parts.
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I think you're going to need a new rear hub at least. if you have an 18 speed mountain bike the rear hub is probably 130mm but it could be as small as 126mm. If you can't find a fixed mtb wheel (i did a quick search and didnt I would go with a hub meant for 120mm spacing and use a longer axle and lace it to your existing rim.

actually.. i just did a search and you may be able to convert your wheel to a fixed wheel with a Surly Fixxer if you have a freehub (not a freewheel)

do your chainrings come off your crank or are they riveted together?

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Thanks. I have read through the sites...now is to find the parts and start to disassemble my MTB...

Will post back here for help when I meet with difficulties.

My problem is that it seems difficult to find fixie parts.
What fixie part are you looking for that you can't find?
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My problem is that it seems difficult to find fixie parts.
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just ziptie the freewheel to the spokes and lose the RD.
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just ziptie the freewheel to the spokes and lose the RD.
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actually.. i just did a search and you may be able to convert your wheel to a fixed wheel with a Surly Fixxer if you have a freehub (not a freewheel)
Going by the apparent cheapness of the bike I will say he just needs to unscrew the 6speed freewheel and then install a fixed cog. Chainnrings are most likely riveted.
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Wait...are you actually suggesting a suicide hub?

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I am very interested in this conversion, please when you have the final bike insert a pic to see your results, great!
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Going by the apparent cheapness of the bike I will say he just needs to unscrew the 6speed freewheel and then install a fixed cog. Chainnrings are most likely riveted.
yes i would say it's likely the OP's bike has a freewheel and not a hub. it also would be a bit overkill to use the expensive surly fixer on such a cheap bike

i've not use a "suicide hub" but there are some in this forum that say it's ok to use as long as you use brakes.

if you're trying to keep the project at a low price, i'd recommend just going with a single speed instead of a fixed gear. just replace the freewheel cogs with a single speed freewheel and ur good to go.
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if you're trying to keep the project at a low price, i'd recommend just going with a single speed instead of a fixed gear. just replace the freewheel cogs with a single speed freewheel and ur good to go.
But dude, fixie!
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I think you're going to need a new rear hub at least. if you have an 18 speed mountain bike the rear hub is probably 130mm but it could be as small as 126mm. If you can't find a fixed mtb wheel (i did a quick search and didnt I would go with a hub meant for 120mm spacing and use a longer axle and lace it to your existing rim.

actually.. i just did a search and you may be able to convert your wheel to a fixed wheel with a Surly Fixxer if you have a freehub (not a freewheel)

do your chainrings come off your crank or are they riveted together?
Yes, I measure it and my MTB rear is currently a 130mm hub.
I read about the surly fixxer too...not too sure if it is safe enough.
as for chainrings, it is riveted together......
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I am very interested in this conversion, please when you have the final bike insert a pic to see your results, great!
Hi infact I am starting to have second thots about converting it...as its starting to look no so cost efficient.
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But dude, fixie!
Yup I am just interested in a fixie for now...maybe with a flipflop hub...for switching between a Fixie + SS is not a bad idea either. ;P
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Yes, I measure it and my MTB rear is currently a 130mm hub.
I read about the surly fixxer too...not too sure if it is safe enough.
as for chainrings, it is riveted together......
i'm pretty sure the fixxer is safe. it bolts on in a way where it's not going to come loose.

the other option is using a flip flop hub meant for 120mm and get a longer axle and some spacers. or cold set the frame to be 120mm. you might even be able to jam a 120 hub in the 130mm spaced rear without cold setting, though it'll be a pain in the butt

since your crank is riveted you're going to need to replace that too, unless you have the tools to separate them
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Well if one wants to go dirt cheap and fixie run a Schwinn suicide just beg borrow steel the fixed Shimano multigear freewheel off a old front freewheeling bike screw it on and short chain it to the middle gears front and rear. I have actually done this on beaters and it works ok.
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Well if one wants to go dirt cheap and fixie run a Schwinn suicide just beg borrow steel the fixed Shimano multigear freewheel off a old front freewheeling bike screw it on and short chain it to the middle gears front and rear. I have actually done this on beaters and it works ok.
Wait, what? Both the rings AND the cogs had ratchet mechanisms. The back one may have been sticky, but it wasn't fixed.
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The late 70's frontfrweewheeling stuff had fixedgears in back no mech and the freewheel was on the crank.
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