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Thread we don't see often: First SS MTN Bike? What are my options?

Old 06-28-14, 04:54 PM
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Thread we don't see often: First SS MTN Bike? What are my options?

As my SS commuting progresses, I am thinking about buying a SS MTN bike from Bikes Direct, Or maybe even converting an old steel frame.

What say you? Does anyone here ride trails on a SS?
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Converting can be good way to try it out on the cheap because SS isn't for everyone.

It can be really tiring and sometimes I'm stumped on how to climb through a rough and rocky section. No shame in walking and I can figure out a line to follow next time. I always come out with a great sense of satisfaction.

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I can see the fun in SS mtb, but some crazies go fg, that's real determination.
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I have my bolt on cog at hand to try out but I haven't taken that leap.
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I've done some trail riding on converted steel and aluminum mtbs. Two were freehub conversions one freewheel. Lighter bikes in the vertical dropout era but harder to convert, yet not impossible with a few cogs/chainrings at hand and a half link if needed.

Chainring double the tooth count of cog is the absolute highest ratio I could handle on anything approaching serious trails.

I keep telling myself I'm gonna make fixed mtb but still haven't. Done some fixed gravel grinding and that was super fun!
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