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Old 06-21-09, 01:22 PM   #1
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singlespeeding a downtube 8H

Have a 2008 DT front suspension internal hub. Love the frame, hate the hub - it feels like peddling an execise bike. It occurs to me that the horizontal dropouts offer an opportunity to do something other than sell the bike - and have a fun single speed to play around with. I had a look on the forum but didn't see any posts. If anyone's done a conversion, could you tell me how hard it is and what I'd need to get the LBS to do it. I was also gong to lighten the bike up a bit with a new saddle and maybe new bar - I already got rid of the original but even the one I've got is pretty wide.

thoughts/suggestions from those more mechanically inclined than I am?

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Old 06-21-09, 01:43 PM   #2
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- Plan gear ratio; I went with 53/14
- Choose a hub (not necessarily ss) and cog/freewheel to go with it
- Rebuild rear wheel
- Adjust chain length & chainline (spacers etc)

LBS involvement could be limited to supplying hub & cog.
Good luck!
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