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forte titan rear wheel for fixie?

Old 03-15-10, 11:58 PM
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forte titan rear wheel for fixie?

I've got an old bike I converted to a single speed last spring. Today I randomly decided I think I want to make it a fixie.

Currently it's got the forte single speed conversion and the crank on the right side.

So I've got the forte titan rear wheel, is this a flip flop hub, or how's that work?
I've searched and couldn't find anything about using this rear wheel for a fixie.

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Old 03-16-10, 05:38 AM
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If its a flip flop hub, it should have threads on each side for a freewheel and a cog. I don't think that wheel has a flipflop hub, you'll need to buy a new rear wheel.
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This may or may not work,contact Surly to find out. You could also bite the bullet and try it,cause i would like to know also
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look at ur hub. If it have threads on both sides, it's a flip flop. BUT u'll want to see 2 levels of threading for fixed. Like this:
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Originally Posted by Motman320
I've got an old bike I converted to a single speed last spring. Today I randomly decided I think I want to make it a fixie.

Currently it's got the forte single speed conversion and the crank on the right side.

So I've got the forte titan rear wheel, is this a flip flop hub, or how's that work?
I've searched and couldn't find anything about using this rear wheel for a fixie.

Thanks
That hub will not work. You need a track hub. The surly fixer costs about as much as a decent hub.

More importantly, your frame probably will not work either. What do your dropouts look like? Are they vertical or (semi) horizontal?

If your dropouts are vertical, you can basically forget it. You need track ends or horizontal dropouts to manage your chain tension, because with a FG you can't use any kind of spring operated chain tensioner device (such as the kind used in a SS conversion kit). You will snap it in half the first time you attempt to coast.
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Ok I think I might actually have those (semi horizontal dropouts). For some reason I was thinking that the horizontal dropouts only come from the back.


cause I remember the guy I bought it from asked if I was going to make it a fixie. It's a really light weight frame, it's an old mayata.

here's my single speed, so would this work??

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Originally Posted by Motman320
Ok I think I might actually have those (semi horizontal dropouts). For some reason I was thinking that the horizontal dropouts only come from the back.


cause I remember the guy I bought it from asked if I was going to make it a fixie. It's a really light weight frame, it's an old mayata.

here's my single speed, so would this work??

First of all, you never needed a chain tensioner - your dropout has enough travel to accommodate any gear combination (shorten the chain as needed).
Which is great news because it means that you can, indeed, convert the bike to a fixie without any problem.

And those are not semi-horizontal dropouts; they are short horizontal dropouts.
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Yup. That will work as a fixie. You can ditch the chain tensioner and shorten your chain. If you want to go fixed, your best option is to buy a new rear wheel with the proper type of hub. You can find good rear wheels for pretty cheap. For example.....https://www.velomine.com/index.php?ma...roducts_id=501
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yeah but I live in colorado, and my town is particularly HILLY. I need to be able to switch from fixed to free wheel cog while on the run. This week we had some days in the 60's and I've been biking but it just snowed a bunch today. I've been watching craigslist for a flip-flop rear wheel but I can't find any within my budget ATM($50).

thanks for your help guys!
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i doubt it will work. i thought about that, you'd have to use a different hub and probably find some spokes to use with the titan rear wheel.

i'm actually running a forte titan front wheel on my fg. it's a cheap and light wheel. too bad they don't make a track rear.
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just curious, but what's "it?" could you please be more specific? remember, I'm still a noob regardless of post count.
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Originally Posted by Motman320
just curious, but what's "it?" could you please be more specific? remember, I'm still a noob regardless of post count.
I think "it" refers to the concept of converting your present rear wheel to a flip flop fixed wheel. While it is technically possible to convert your rear wheel to a fixed wheel, it is going to be very complicated and expensive. It is technically impossible to convert your present wheel to a fixed/SS flip flop. A new rear wheel is simply the best solution.

Keep in mind that you are also going to need to purchase a track cog and a lockring. And if you want a flip flop with a ss on the other side, you are going to need to purchase a thread on BMX-type freewheel. Unless you get really lucky, you aren't going to be able to do all of this with your slim $50 budget, but I think you could easily do it for under $100.


If I were you, I would remove that chain tensioner, shorten the chain, and just continue riding your bike as a SS for the time being, until you find a way to convert within your budget, or until your budget increases.
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that sounds good to me.

well see here in boulder, there's more bike stores that grocery stores. so technically anything is possible no matter what your budget is. there's this one store called community cycles and everyone recycles their old/unused bikes and parts there.

so if I can just find a rear wheel on craigslist with a flip-flop hub all I need is a free wheel cog and a fixed gear cog, right? so that shouldn't be too expensive if I can find them all used. I'll get it done one way or another. I will definitely shorten the chain today and get rid of the tensioner.
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it's not that simple. you'll have to lace the cog to your forte titan wheel, and the appropriate spoke lengths will depend on the hub you're using.
if you get this done, please post up picks. i like the aero profile/lightness/affordability of the forte titan wheelset.
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Originally Posted by aznsap
it's not that simple. you'll have to lace the cog to your forte titan wheel, and the appropriate spoke lengths will depend on the hub you're using.
if you get this done, please post up picks. i like the aero profile/lightness/affordability of the forte titan wheelset.
Get off the drugs.
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Originally Posted by mihlbach
Get off the drugs.
how did you know...
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yeah, wow.. haha
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