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    Single speed based on goblin frame?

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    There's guy on Flight Crew that I think converted his Goblin to SS, I'll see if I can get him to chime in...
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    Dan, the Flight Crew Member doesn't have access to his lappy, but gave me this info to pass on:

    " I love SS bikes. I have had a bunch over the years. When I took delivery of my Goblin I knew one day that is what I wanted it to be. I went the basic rout just converting my hub to run a single ring with spacers. I used a wheels manufacturing kit that any LBS will most likely have in stock. It came with a 16 tooth cog based off a 26" bike gear ratio. I would spend the money and move up to a 18 or 20 tooth. It will be a much easier gear to pull. Unless you are a monster or live in a super flat area you will be glad you did.

    Up front I went with a 34 tooth raceface ring. A 34 or 32 tooth chain ring is the sweet spot up front. Now with any SS conversion you with vertical dropouts you will need to run a tensioner. I use the DMR STS. You can find them online for about 20 bucks. I have used tons of different kinds and the DMR seems to be the strongest. It is a little tricky to set up if you have never used a tensioner but its worth it IMHO. I like it because you can run it above or below the chain to take up the slack. Sometimes because of the vertical dropouts you need to add a half link to the chain. This is also a easy find at your local bike shop. I love my Goblin set up as a single. It's light, fast, and most importantly FUN!!! Hope this helps. Maybe if you ask really nice Jerry will post up some photos of my setup.

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    The Goblin SS as she sits:

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    Single speed based on goblin frame?

    Looks good. Would love to see the back bracket and tensioner a little closer.

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    Here's a link to a SS Guardian. Same frame and some good close up pics.

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    Single speed based on goblin frame?

    Quote Originally Posted by swildnm View Post
    Here's a link to a SS Guardian. Same frame and some good close up pics.

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    You know? I really would like a true single speed instead of having to modify a geared frame. It's just me, but the main reason I switched from a geared bike to single speed is I wanted to get way from excess equipment like a tensioner and derailleurs.

    If airborne would make a true ss, I would very likely buy it instead of the specialized carve sl I'm considering

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    Single speed based on goblin frame?

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    Thanks for the suggestion.

    At this time the demand for a SS Goblin is not great enough for us to tool up for a SS version of the current frame.




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    Single speed based on goblin frame?

    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyFlyer View Post
    Thanks for the suggestion.

    At this time the demand for a SS Goblin is not great enough for us to tool up for a SS version of the current frame.




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    Fair enough. Considering all the mods I've seen people making on your bikes to ss,I thought I would ask. Guess ill be buying specialized Agee all

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMacMan View Post
    Looks good. Would love to see the back bracket and tensioner a little closer.
    Here are is a thread with some closeup photos of my single speed conversion on my old bike - should help if you are not sure what goes where when using the conversion kit:

    Please help me convert my mountain bike into a singlespeed
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMacMan View Post
    Fair enough. Considering all the mods I've seen people making on your bikes to ss,I thought I would ask. Guess ill be buying specialized Agee all

    The Carve? For a hundred dollars more, you actually get less. Vertical dropouts, makes gearing a bit of a task, and a rigid carbon fork -nothing wrong with that, if that's what you're really after. But it's not like a SS-specific frame...

    For $100 less, the Goblin comes with a complete gear range/front and rear mech., and a really decent suspension fork. You could get a SS conversion kit and still be ahead of the game (save for the carbon fork... but you could always ditch the Reba and use the proceeds towards one).
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    If I had to chose between the SS Carve and converting a goblin to SS i would go Goblin and use a Eccentric bottom bracket. much much better bike.

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    Yeah, I mean to each their own, I'm not "dissing" anyone. If you want a dedicated singlespeed, and only that, I guess the Carve makes sense (it does have an eccentric bb - so much for "less equipment" like tensioners).

    But I can't see spending that coin to get so "little". Goblin seems like a much better starting point where you can go either way, and much greater value.
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