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    You will need to chemically strip the fame if you want the raw look with welding marks. Abrasive removal of the paint will erase welding marks, and generally leave the steel a dull grey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 9GUY9 View Post
    You will need to chemically strip the fame if you want the raw look with welding marks. Abrasive removal of the paint will erase welding marks, and generally leave the steel a dull grey.
    Awesome, thank you!

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    Can i get some suggestions for converting the original stock Sawyer drivetrain to a single speed?

    I'd like to avoid using a tensioner for looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mappable View Post
    Can i get some suggestions for converting the original stock Sawyer drivetrain to a single speed?

    I'd like to avoid using a tensioner for looks.
    the sawyer was designed with a SS (or even belt drive) tensioner into the rear dropouts... will can be as simple as removing the inner/outer rings from the crankset and then a SS conversion kit on the rear wheel and cut the chain... ideally I'd replace the crank cog with a SS specific one and a proper SS chain...
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    I have debated powder coating mine.....but with the anodized red headset/bottom bracket/nipples on wheels, plus the red accents of the older X-O stuff, the gray makes the red and white (spokes on RXL wheels) pop.....That being said, a cool powder coat color with subdued components would be pretty cool.

    And no doubt if the welds/brazing is nice looking, clear-coated raw would look pretty bad ass!


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    Quote Originally Posted by mappable View Post
    Can i get some suggestions for converting the original stock Sawyer drivetrain to a single speed?

    I'd like to avoid using a tensioner for looks.
    Yep, all you need is a cog and spacers for the rear hub, and a single chain ring! The Sawyer has sliding dropouts already.

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    Does anyone out there have a fork off a 21" that they'd need willing to part with.

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    does anyone here still have their Sawyer?

    I'm thinkng of putting dropbars on it, question is which brake lever fits the stock disc brake?

    TIA!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliam View Post
    does anyone here still have their Sawyer?

    I'm thinkng of putting dropbars on it, question is which brake lever fits the stock disc brake?

    TIA!
    I still have mine. I primarily use it for gravel/light trail riding. I've been thinking about adding rack mounts to the fork legs so I can add a porter rack. It's still one of my favorite bikes.

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    Still have mine and it is my primary mountain bike. Just somewhat recently, SRAM, Shimano and maybe some others have started offering hydraulic brake levers for road bikes/drop bars. I would guess they will work with the stock Avid calipers. Let us know how it turns out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morton.tj View Post
    Yep, all you need is a cog and spacers for the rear hub, and a single chain ring! The Sawyer has sliding dropouts already.

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    Morton, how was the conversion to belt as far as finding the right tension and more importantly having the sliders stay at the right tension? What size cog and ring are you running? I was advised that a 42/26 would be close to my 32/20. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliam View Post
    does anyone here still have their Sawyer?

    I'm thinkng of putting dropbars on it, question is which brake lever fits the stock disc brake?

    TIA!
    I ride mine at least three hours per week on single-track. I never had the stock brakes, so I can't help you out there.

    Quote Originally Posted by CObiker123 View Post
    Morton, how was the conversion to belt as far as finding the right tension and more importantly having the sliders stay at the right tension? What size cog and ring are you running? I was advised that a 42/26 would be close to my 32/20. Thanks.
    It took me a while to get the right tension. I bought the belt, the ring, and the cog from a friend and the belt was a bit short. With the sliders all the way forward, the belt was under extreme tension. I got a 2 cm longer belt and it gave me 1/4-3/8 of an inch clearance. The drive side slider seems to slip forward sometimes and I have to readjust it. Other than that, after initial setup, I've had no problems. I believe I'm running 46/28 (1.64:1), which is just slightly taller than your current 32/20 (1.60:1). The 42/26 is 1.62:1 - very close to your current gear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliam View Post
    does anyone here still have their Sawyer?

    I'm thinkng of putting dropbars on it, question is which brake lever fits the stock disc brake?

    TIA!
    If you decide to go with traditional road brake levers, be sure that your mechanical brake calipers are the road version. There is a difference, and I know from experience that mountain versions of the calipers have a different "pull" than the road. If you're running gears, you also have to take into account matching SRAM brake/shifters with a SRAM drivetrain, and Shimano with Shimano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wheeliam View Post
    does anyone here still have their Sawyer?

    I'm thinkng of putting dropbars on it, question is which brake lever fits the stock disc brake?

    TIA!
    Will, I can solve your problem, just sell the Sawyer to me.
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    This is not my listing, but if anybody is looking for a sawyer (minus a few parts), here is a 17.5" that is on ebay right now for $500 + 100 shipping. Just needs wheels, pedals, seatpost and saddle. I have an original saddle, seatpost, and stock handlebars that I pulled from mine that I'd be willing to part with for very little if you wanted.

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    Sawyer v.4

    I love that this frame is so versatile. I've had it as a SS, Dinglespeed, Alfine 11 and now, gasp... gears!
    The only thing that remains stock is the headset and brake set.

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    If anyone is looking to sell their Sawyer in the Colorado area, or you'd be willing to ship, hit me up!!!!!!!!!!
    Get out and Ride!!!

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    just saw one this morning on the Boulder or Denver craigslist - $650

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    Sawyer v3

    I recently picked up another single speed so took the opportunity to do a Sawyer version 3. I went from SS to 1x10. I like it, but still not sure what to do with the other 9 gears! XT long cage with clutch, XT Shifter, Race Face 32t Narrow/Wide and an SLX 10 spd cassette.
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    I just picked up a 2011 Trek Sawyer and I was wondering... Generically speaking, is there enough clearance front and rear to run a tire like a 29x2.40 Maxxis Ardent or would I be better off with something smaller? Planning to use WTB i23 rims.

    If it matters at all, riding would be a combination of off-road (cross country) and paved bike path riding with my daughter.
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    Ardents are fine!

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    I am running a 2.35 or 2.4 Aggressor in the rear and they run fine, just have to have the sliders back a bit.

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    Hey all! Coming in late, but glad there's a good Sawyer thread to chime in on!

    I'm actually looking to get rid of my wife's Trek Sawyer. It's a Medium (17.5") and because it's such a sweet frame, I'm now on the hunt for a 21" for myself!

    Anyone in the market for a 17.5, and/or looking to let go of a 21"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbalue View Post
    Hey all! Coming in late, but glad there's a good Sawyer thread to chime in on!

    I'm actually looking to get rid of my wife's Trek Sawyer. It's a Medium (17.5") and because it's such a sweet frame, I'm now on the hunt for a 21" for myself!

    Anyone in the market for a 17.5, and/or looking to let go of a 21"?
    I might be interested in your 17.5 Sawyer. What are you asking for it and where are you located?

    Thanks
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    Steve, I'm in Fort Collins. Looking for $800(ish) complete, or $500 frame/fork.

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    My new ride...

    I picked this guy up last fall on ebay. The seller advertised it as a full Shimano XT bike with a frame in good condition. What arrived was a bike with mostly low-end parts. The paint had also seen MUCH better days. Anyways... I decided to make the most of the bait and switch sucker move that I fell for and I've been slowly building the bike with a mix of new and old parts....

    1st was a strip and satin black powdercoat job done by Heritage Cycles in Chicago, IL. Installed parts so far include:

    Stans wheelset w/ 3.30 hubs
    Sram x9 rear derailleur - 10 speed
    Sram x9 rear shifter - 10 speed
    Avid BB7 disc brakes and rotors
    Avid SD7 brake levers
    Truvativ Stylo crankset
    Sram bottom bracket
    Blackspire 32T chainring
    Sram cassette
    Sram 10 speed chain
    Maxxis Ardent tires
    Cane Creek 40 headset
    Kore stem and handlebar
    Ergon saddle and grips

    I still need to clean up the cable routing and install the brake cables. I will probably shorten the chain as well since I installed the chain without removing any links...Trek Sawyer-20180428_155834.jpg
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    That's pretty, been so close to picking one up a couple of times.

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    Added some TOGS

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    My 650B+ conversion with Alfine 8 spd. Love these Super Motos!

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    Wanting to trade my 17.5 frame for a 19 or maybe sell mine.

    Anyone?

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    Hey I sent you a pm!

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    Does anyone else want to sell a sawyer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whitedolphin View Post
    Does anyone else want to sell a sawyer?
    Not my bike and I have no affiliation, but there's a nicely spec'd 21" that's been listed on SF Craigslist on and off for the past several weeks. It's not up at the moment - looks like the seller listed it on the bay and you can find it there though.

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    I saw it and it is sick but alas, I am a manlet and need a 17.5 frame :/

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    I’ve been eyeing the sawyer for a while, just waiting for the right size and price to come my way. For those who have run it both ways, do you prefer the 29 or 27.5+ set up? Also, has anyone tried running 29 rear with 29+ front? How wide of a 29er tire can fit in the back? Thanks for any info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RideAtDawn View Post
    I’ve been eyeing the sawyer for a while, just waiting for the right size and price to come my way. For those who have run it both ways, do you prefer the 29 or 27.5+ set up? Also, has anyone tried running 29 rear with 29+ front? How wide of a 29er tire can fit in the back? Thanks for any info!
    myself and others on here went fat front and 29+ front, it was okay. I'd prefer full fat or just large volume 29. I fit 29x2.5's in the rear no problem. Mine is currently 27.5+ and SS, feels pretty snappy, turns very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanofChaos View Post
    myself and others on here went fat front and 29+ front, it was okay. I'd prefer full fat or just large volume 29. I fit 29x2.5's in the rear no problem. Mine is currently 27.5+ and SS, feels pretty snappy, turns very well.

    So it sounds like you prefer a more balanced set up one way or the other: large volume 29er front and rear or 27.5+ front and rear. Is that right? How’s bottom bracket height with the plus setup? Thanks again for the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RideAtDawn View Post
    So it sounds like you prefer a more balanced set up one way or the other: large volume 29er front and rear or 27.5+ front and rear. Is that right? How’s bottom bracket height with the plus setup? Thanks again for the feedback.
    yep, just personal preference. BB height is fine, it is lower but I'm not smacking things, running a 34T ring.
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    Has anyone went bigger with the chainring?. Stock is 38 i believe .

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