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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 03-24-07, 06:06 AM   #1
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Simple question

Hi, i'm new to this place, and I just wanted to ask a fairly basic question:

I want to build a SS mountain bike built on a DMR frame, but I want to know is it possible to have a SS speed bike where you can coast (ie have the backwheel spinning without the pedals spinning) and what components do you need for this to be possible. I was thinking about using one of these:
would this work?
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yes it is entirely possible(what would kids ride if it wasn't)

You probably will need some sort of chain tensioner but you can also probably use your current cassette hub with only one cog and spacers.

Another option is to get a eno eccentric hub which will solve your tension problems.
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Of course you can have a single speed that coasts; most kids bikes are that way.

I don't know anything about that hub, but it seems like it's exactly what you want.

edit: I have no idea what a DMR frame is, but you could use that hub on almost any frame -- you just might need a chain tensioner to get everything right.
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