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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.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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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.

    Trek Sawyer 17 Inch FRAMESET + MANY PARTS 29er Mountain Bike Retro Gary Fisher | eBay

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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.

    Fitted a Bontrager Crowbar and Thomson stem
    27.5x2.8 Schwalbe Super Moto-X tires on 30mm id Bonty Maverick wheelset
    1x10 XT




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