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Singlespeed mountain bike thread or forum?

Old 10-20-16, 06:32 PM
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Singlespeed mountain bike thread or forum?

Hi All. It looks to me like most, if not all, of the singlespeed talk here is road-oriented. Is there singlespeed mountain bike thread or forum here somewhere? Thanks!
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Funny this thread popped up. I've been interested in a SS MTB lately and don't really know where to go to learn.
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Here is mine

Specialized Crave SL - mostly stock in that picture. Haven't done too much trail riding on it.

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Funny this thread popped up. I've been interested in a SS MTB lately and don't really know where to go to learn.
MTBR is the best place to go.

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I have nothing to add except that I've been watching Danny Macaskill vids and now I want a mountain bike.
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For most of the last decade I've been riding a Merlin XLM converted to singlespeed. That bike was originally built over 20 years ago so it's 26" obviously. :-) About six months ago I bought a stock Cannondale Trail SL 29er, which is now my go-to mountain bike. Aside from the obvious aluminum rather than titanium, the predominant differences are that the Cannondale is fully rigid and it's a 29er. I have to say with the 29" wheels I'm not really missing the front suspension at all.
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Mtb forum here is pretty dead, there's a couple of us dirt weirdos that hang around here in ssfg so feel free to make 400 threads about stuff
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My do anything and go anywhere single speed Kona mountain bike. Lucked out on a magic gear and with a 1/8" chain, there has not been any (chain stretch) issue yet.
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Originally Posted by loubapache
My do anything and go anywhere single speed Kona mountain bike. Lucked out on a magic gear and with a 1/8" chain, there has not been any (chain stretch) issue yet.
Do you live near Luton Park? I really like that trail.
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Originally Posted by TenSpeedV2
Do you live near Luton Park? I really like that trail.
Sorry, no, but we do have a very nice trail here.

Friends of the White Pine Trail
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If were doin pics ill post the bike that I don't even own anymore cuz i still think its cool

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I am up for some SS MTB talk.
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan
If were doin pics ill post the bike that I don't even own anymore cuz i still think its cool

You got rid of that bike********** All your posts led me to believe that your were really digging that machine.
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Sold it to recoup funds for fatbike. I did love it, but it was really heavy and it was limited to one unpopular tire size.

Fatbike lets me have just about any wheel size and not screw up the geo or BB drop outside of standard 26/27.5

26x4-5", 27.5x2.8-4", 29x2-3", all with the same familiar bike (that weighs 10lbs less than the surly)

Also drops don't work so well for my riding style on trails, and hydros are the cats pajingles. Obviously those are just things I could've changed on the surly no problem, but since I also got it on year end warehouse clearance sale plus the shop discount, it ended up actually costing me less than the surly did for a huge upgrade

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Lately I have been into riding singletrack on a singlespeed with coaster brake and no hand brakes. The coaster brake increases the number of white knuckle moments.
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Originally Posted by mihlbach
Lately I have been into riding singletrack on a singlespeed with coaster brake and no hand brakes. The coaster brake increases the number of white knuckle moments.
No doubt. :-)
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@Kindaslow how's that fancy space fjork doin?
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Originally Posted by Mumonkan
@Kindaslow how's that fancy space fjork doin?
It is the best XC fork that I have ridden. It keeps the tire in contact with the ground better than any other fork I have owned or ridden. I have taken it on some pretty rough trails, too. Quite a while ago I posted a video of one of my favorite trails that you liked, and that is a rough trail for a XC bike. In other words, I really like it!
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Glad to hear it hasn't sploded. If I ever build a super race bike it might find a way into my house
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Originally Posted by Kindaslow
It is the best XC fork that I have ridden. It keeps the tire in contact with the ground better than any other fork I have owned or ridden. I have taken it on some pretty rough trails, too. Quite a while ago I posted a video of one of my favorite trails that you liked, and that is a rough trail for a XC bike. In other words, I really like it!
What fork is it?
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Originally Posted by KeithNorCal
What fork is it?
Rock Shox RS-1.
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Originally Posted by Kindaslow
Rock Shox RS-1.
Perhaps I could have guessed that, as I've read great things about it. But the MSRP on that puppy is twice what I paid for my singlespeed, and I bought it new. I think I'll just keep it rigid for now. :-)
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Originally Posted by hairnet
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MTBR is the best place to go.
Is that a Unit? I'm super close to pulling the trigger on the 27.5 +.

However the Chain stays seem a little long (445) compared to other bikes (425) I'm looking at. I really want a bike with a playful front end. What are your thoughts on it?
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I have no plans to own a single speed mtb, but this thread is awesome!
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