I am new to the bike forums and am looking for some starting points/guides to building a 1x5 or 1x6 speed bike based on a track frameset with a 120mm rear hub spacing.
I found several guides regarding retrofitting single speeds with internal gear hubs like the Nexus or Alfine, but I fear the weight penalty on the rear wheel is probably too much for what Iím doing, plus itís just too expensive, as Iíd like to keep the cost of my bike relatively reasonable.
My previous bike was a 2010 Marin San Anselmo Hybrid, a 3x8 speed, where I rode it mostly mid-gears 2x4, but I have found myself downshifting +/- 2 on the rear cog depending on elevation. This led me to think if it is feasible if I can build a 1x5 or 1x6 speed bike that would simulate my riding pattern, 1 shifter, and 1 front brake.
So, as of right now, I have a standalone frame, and nothing else, what are some wheelsets, hubs, derailleur would I be looking at? This will be my first build Iím attempting, Iím a quick learner, but if need be, I can take it to a LBS to put together Ė Iím more interested in knowing what parts would be compatible with this build. Thanks!