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Old 12-01-10, 09:59 PM
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suntour cassete hub+singlespeed conversion

Hello.
I've searched the forums, google, everywhere I could think of, and I'm hoping someone will give me some good news. I like to think of it as cautious optimism
I'm converting an old (not sure how old, actually) Specialized Rockhopper Ultra MTB into a singlespeed fart around town/trails bike. Frame was donated - had some nasty bent (actually creased) forks, was able to get another fork donated from an old trek. Also got some fairly nice wheels donated - Matrix rims laced to Suntour hubs. Rear has a freewhel.
The cassette was mostly destroyed. Missing so many teeth on several cogs... maybe had a meth problem? I was able to salvage 3 of 4 cogs. Fortunately, they're individual cogs held together by three pins, so could be easily separated.
If you've read this far, you're likely able to deduce my question, right?
What are my options for the continued use of this freehub in this application? am I doomed to scour the interwebs for suntour cassettes that I can break apart and use?
Every conversion kit out there is (understandably) Shimano biased. I realize it would likely be easier to relace the wheel with a Shimano hub, but this is shoestring budget stuff. Protracted unemployment is preventing me from doing much of anything "extra" these days...
Oh, BTW, pics will be forthcoming. The project is in my (locked) truck currently. Tomorrow...
And, tia!
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Old 12-01-10, 10:43 PM
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single speed right? provided you have the locking mechinism, (I can't recall if that one was lockring or just one of the cogs), your all set. you just need some spacers to take up the extra space and make things tight
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I published a feature MY "TEN SPEEDS" article on how to do exactly what you are interested in. Have a look at the Poor Boy Junk Bike.

Hope this is a help.
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Old 12-02-10, 07:40 AM
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iTod you could move to Lincoln where there aren't so many hills....
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Do you have horizontal dropouts? If not, you'll a singulator or some such to tension your chain.

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Do you have horizontal dropouts? If not, you'll a singulator or some such to tension your chain.

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HEY thats not fair! don't give out extra advice he only asked about the cassette. of course we all know that will be the next question but let him stumble up to on his own
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
HEY thats not fair! don't give out extra advice he only asked about the cassette. of course we all know that will be the next question but let him stumble up to on his own
Hah! It sounds like you work in tech support for my university!

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HEY thats not fair! don't give out extra advice he only asked about the cassette. of course we all know that will be the next question but let him stumble up to on his own
The reference to conversion kits makes me think he's got this covered.

I was thrown off by the statement that the wheel has a freewheel. It is actually a cassette, right?
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Whoops!
I think I may have accidentally erred on the side of freewheel, when freeHUB was what I meant. A freewheel would make life simpler, indeed.
I am fully aware of the need for a chain tensioner; hence my not asking about it. BG, I'm shocked at the tone of your response. I've long been reading here, oh-so-occasionally posting here, and gathered that you were among the most helpful on the forum... Not taking it personally, just a little disappointed.
Although I don't post here often, and you'd never know unless I told you, I've been farting round with bikes for about as long as I can remember. Built my first bike from a frame & forks 1n 1982 :-) (That's not to say I know everything there is to know; indeed, quite the opposite.)
I was asking specifically about the SUNTOUR freehub/cassette, as in, what are my options when the few existing cogs I have wear out?
As for moving to Lincoln, I've actually considered that as a viable option. I am, however, currently limited in my choices by way of economy and family concerns. But I do try to get out that way when I can. I have a friend that owns an ice cream shop there. :-)
Pics are still forthcoming, and thanks for the replies so far.
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Aplogies to keep bumping...

...But here's a couple of pics. See, it really DID happen!
Also, It appears I made another mistake: It's not a Rockhopper, but a HardRock Ultra. DOH!
Anyway, it's kind of a frankenbike, built from stuff laying around. Nitto dirtdrop, 105 road cranks. Still need a chain, have to go to my storage unit to fish out some pedals. Cables & housing. (I think I have enough housing.) The spacers are also temporary. lol.
Also, apologies for no garage door. One more thing I lost in the divorce.

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I am fully aware of the need for a chain tensioner; hence my not asking about it. BG, I'm shocked at the tone of your response. I've long been reading here, oh-so-occasionally posting here, and gathered that you were among the most helpful on the forum... Not taking it personally, just a little disappointed.

OH don't take it personally I was not really being mean just trying to have a bit of fun. I had thought of the tensions and as you mentioned the kits I dismissed it.

that was a great color but I thought they had shimano bits.
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OH don't take it personally I was not really being mean just trying to have a bit of fun. I had thought of the tensions and as you mentioned the kits I dismissed it.

that was a great color but I thought they had shimano bits.
It may indeed have originally come with Shimano bits, but since I received this as a frame, badly bent fork, & headset, I kinda made do with what I could scrounge up.
In fact, the fork is off a Trek (830, I think) frame that was badly rattlecanned. I salvaged the BB from it as well.
Thanks.
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