Alright I've done it...I've converted. My Airborne has only been around for a month but I noticed I never use the 44t chain ring nor the granny gear. I also had trouble adjusting the front derailleur initially when I got the bike so I decided to do without the front derailleur I went with a 36t single speed chain ring because I commute with the bike daily on flat pavement and can use the extra speed, I might experiment with a 34t later.
I had trouble breaking the chain and putting it together (no master link) but it was well worth it for the learning aspect - the more I know about the bike the more equipped I am to fix it on the trail
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