Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Singlespeed & Fixed Gear
Reload this Page >

ss my mountain bike

Notices
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)

ss my mountain bike

Old 09-16-08, 11:39 AM
  #1  
kenseth03
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
kenseth03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Glen Allen Va.
Posts: 383
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
ss my mountain bike

I am so close to pulling the trigger on a single speed conversion on my beloved Trek mountain bike but I just can't seem to bring myself to do it. Anyone else done this to there mountain bike and any regrets?
kenseth03 is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 11:49 AM
  #2  
allencb
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 171
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I converted my previous mtb (Klein Pulse, used magic gear) and eventually replaced it with a dedicated SS frame.

I love it. Less maintenance and a different riding experience. Do it. With a conversion kit, it's easy to revert back to geared operation if you don't like it.

I ride in NoVa, Wv, and SW Va, so the terrain is roughly the same as you'll have in Glen Allen.

Chris
allencb is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 12:02 PM
  #3  
PGSteamner
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 18
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
This past weekend I converted my 7 speed folding bike into a single speed.

I did a very basic conversion: took off the derailer and shortened the chain. Nothing else.

I looped the chain over one of the sprockets on the cassette. My bike has vertical dropouts and I was very lucky that the magic gear ratio for the bike fell on the one gear I was using anyways.

Eventually I want to replace the cassette with a single bmx sprocket and spacers but for the time being what I have works fine.

So far no regrets, but I'm in Chicago so there are no hills. The bike feels and looks cleaner. The difference is quietly satisfying instead of hugely astounding. The bike becomes quieter and simpler to ride - you stop thinking about it. Do it.
PGSteamner is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 12:49 PM
  #4  
goody71
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 4

Bikes: Trek 820 46/16 and Centurion Lemans 54/16

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I converted my Trek 820 '01 to single speed. I had a cassette wheel so I just added spacers and then a 16t sprocket. I bought the SS conversion kit from Performance bikes for like $20. Looks like it's $21 on the website.

Originally an LBS sold me spacers for $2 a piece. I was pissed when I got the kit which had 11 spacers, lockring, 3 sprockets and a tensioner. Now I'm a little wearing of my LBS's price gouging. Anywho, back to the conversion...

I took off the front and back derailleurs and removed their cabling. I had to buy a new chain because the old one busted on a test run; I had been removing and adding all sorts of links and the chain was 7 years old anyway. I replaced it with a single speed chain for $10 form Performance.

I left all three chainrings on. I may go back and mess with removing the two I'm not using but I've read that the chainbolts will most likely be too long and I'll have to get new ones. So I was fine with just leaving them on there.

The tensioner screws right into to where the rear derailleur was and has worked great. I had a little issue with not springing back into place. I think an hour long commute home in the rain caused that. It's seemed to have fixed itself after awhile though. Also note, that I'm doing all of my riding on the streets of Chicago so I'm not stump jumping or anything. I can't say how the Forte tensioner would work in "real" MTB conditions. There are other one's out there but they cost as much as it cost for me to convert my bike. Maybe even a little more.

One last thing, I love the one speed. It's great. I'm always excited to ride my single speed.
goody71 is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 12:51 PM
  #5  
goody71
Newbie
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Chicago
Posts: 4

Bikes: Trek 820 46/16 and Centurion Lemans 54/16

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by PGSteamner View Post
...but I'm in Chicago so there are no hills.
Originally Posted by goody71 View Post
Also note, that I'm doing all of my riding on the streets of Chicago so I'm not stump jumping or anything.
Ha ha. What's up, Chitown?!
goody71 is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 12:58 PM
  #6  
wearyourtruth
Ride for Life
 
wearyourtruth's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Houston
Posts: 2,741
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
i've done it. i love it. no looking back. if you want a decent idea of what it's like, as said a million times before, pick a gear (around 2x1 ratio) go ride, don't change gears. if you like that, it'll only get better when you take all that excess crap off.
wearyourtruth is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 03:19 PM
  #7  
lymbzero
otherwiseordinary
 
lymbzero's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: California
Posts: 697
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Ever since my first conversion I've never regretted it.
There is nothing like riding SS once you've found your favorite gear.
Tweaking is sort of the fun part of the whole process.

Albeit, I ride in the street most of the time, but its the best thing ever.

I had about 4 conversions until I finally just bought a Voodoo Wanga about a year ago.
It's definitely my favorite bike.

Now I only have single speed bikes!

I say JUST DO IT
lymbzero is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 03:27 PM
  #8  
Hirohsima
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sacramento
Posts: 1,013
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Chris King's website has a phrase for SS MTB:­ “Always the wrong gear.”

That said. I ride a SS MTB, love it, and think you should do it. Your cost of entry, as others have said, is ~$25 assuming you do your own wrenching and don't suck at it so that you break something and have to take the bike into the shop :-)
Hirohsima is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 03:29 PM
  #9  
Jerry in So IL
Rabbit Habbit!
 
Jerry in So IL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Johnston City, IL
Posts: 458

Bikes: Specialized Sirrus 08

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I bought an old Hardrock that was converted. Its my goto bike for anything under ten miles and singletracking! Too much fun on so few gears!

Jerry
Jerry in So IL is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 04:45 PM
  #10  
OldCruiser
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Somewhere South
Posts: 1,590

Bikes: Electra Fat Tire ,Specialized Rockhopper, Hardrock.

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 252 Post(s)
Liked 2,791 Times in 927 Posts
I converted an old Giant Rincon yesterday. I changed out the freewheel with a BMX 18t single. I put about 10 miles on it this morning over the same route I usually ride geared. I had no problems ; it was nice to just pedal and brake and the bike is a lot quieter . I like using a MTB because of the roughness of the MUP I ride in my town . Smaller tires just beat me to death . I need to do something with the extra chainrings . kirby
Attached Images
File Type: jpg
xxx6.jpg (90.5 KB, 20 views)
OldCruiser is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 05:32 PM
  #11  
kenseth03
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
kenseth03's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Glen Allen Va.
Posts: 383
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
My local Performance has the ss conversion kit so tomorrow when I get off of work I am going to do it. Thanks for everyone's input!
kenseth03 is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 07:09 PM
  #12  
pyze-guy
Yup
 
pyze-guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: where the sunbeams end and the starlight begins
Posts: 3,084

Bikes: Kona Unit, planet X cx bike, khs fixed gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by kirby999 View Post
I converted an old Giant Rincon yesterday. I changed out the freewheel with a BMX 18t single. I put about 10 miles on it this morning over the same route I usually ride geared. I had no problems ; it was nice to just pedal and brake and the bike is a lot quieter . I like using a MTB because of the roughness of the MUP I ride in my town . Smaller tires just beat me to death . I need to do something with the extra chainrings . kirby
Thats the same bike as my wife rides, hers is a s/s as well. Nice solid steel frame.
__________________
When sadness fills my days
It's time to turn away
And then tomorrow's dreams
Become reality to me
pyze-guy is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 07:18 PM
  #13  
pyze-guy
Yup
 
pyze-guy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: where the sunbeams end and the starlight begins
Posts: 3,084

Bikes: Kona Unit, planet X cx bike, khs fixed gear

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 5 Posts
Originally Posted by kenseth03 View Post
I am so close to pulling the trigger on a single speed conversion on my beloved Trek mountain bike but I just can't seem to bring myself to do it. Anyone else done this to there mountain bike and any regrets?
I have 1 s/s mtb and 2 fixed gear mtbs right now, and had another fixed mtb stolen. No regrets here.
__________________
When sadness fills my days
It's time to turn away
And then tomorrow's dreams
Become reality to me
pyze-guy is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 07:47 PM
  #14  
triplesixer
666
 
triplesixer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Minneapolis
Posts: 656

Bikes: Raleigh 29er, IRO Angus frameset- random components, Giant Bowery, Raleigh Rush Hour frameset-future build

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Do it!
triplesixer is offline  
Old 09-16-08, 10:35 PM
  #15  
dansjustchillin
Retrograde Customs
 
dansjustchillin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Fremont, CA
Posts: 317
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Liked 9 Times in 8 Posts
Do it because you want to.

dansjustchillin is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2022 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.