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Giant TCR to Fixed

Old 09-14-09, 10:01 AM
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Giant TCR to Fixed

Other than style is there a particular reason for me not to convert my Giant TCR to fixed? A buddy is giving me a set of his old wheels and I can get a singlator cheap from another friend. As I see it all it will cost me at this point is time to do the build. Thanks for your input. BTW: The TCR has vertical dropouts and is due for a new chain and cassette.
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Old 09-14-09, 10:06 AM
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unless you've got a ENO hub on that wheelset, its gonna be hell to run fixed with vertical drops. The singleator is a chain tensioner, right? that won't work if running fixed but if you plan on running freewheel it will be fine.
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Old 09-14-09, 10:18 AM
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thanks dayvan... I'm new this. Does a tensioner not work with fixed due to chain backslap? I was planning on freewheel but my curiousity is peaked about fixed.
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Originally Posted by Murf524 View Post
thanks dayvan... I'm new this. Does a tensioner not work with fixed due to chain backslap? I was planning on freewheel but my curiousity is peaked about fixed.
the tensioner won't be able to withstand the pressure, even without backpedalling to slow down.
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Like dayvan said, you'll need an eccentric rear hub to have the correct amount of chain tension.

I'm assuming you're a long-time roadie looking to give fixed gear a shot for fun and possibly training? If that's the case, why not sell the TCR frame (and save yourself the trouble of building up an ENO wheel), buy something with more track-like geometry, and give actual track riding a shot?
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Old 09-14-09, 11:37 AM
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Originally Posted by steveymcdubs View Post
Like dayvan said, you'll need an eccentric rear hub to have the correct amount of chain tension.

I'm assuming you're a long-time roadie looking to give fixed gear a shot for fun and possibly training? If that's the case, why not sell the TCR frame (and save yourself the trouble of building up an ENO wheel), buy something with more track-like geometry, and give actual track riding a shot?
+1

thats what i did and never looked back my track bike has become my all-purpose bike.
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Like dayvan said, you'll need an eccentric rear hub to have the correct amount of chain tension.

I'm assuming you're a long-time roadie looking to give fixed gear a shot for fun and possibly training? If that's the case, why not sell the TCR frame (and save yourself the trouble of building up an ENO wheel), buy something with more track-like geometry, and give actual track riding a shot?


Long time roadie and I've been considering the fixed gear thing for a while.

I fell in love with the 2009.5 Bianchi Super Pista and wanted one but they're unavailable. The 2010 frame has it's followers but it doesn't sing to me. Locally, I can pick up the Origin-8 built for $550 or the Pasado frame and do a build for about the same money. I'll probably singlespeed the TCR for a while or until I fall in love with another frame.

Another issue that comes to mind...
Aside from the expense the ENO hub could also be an issue in my TCR frame. My TCR is one of the earlier Aluminum frames (ONCE) with short chainstays and a dimple in the seat tube to clear the tire.
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