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    Any thoughts if either of these frames would work as a SS, One soft tail one FS

    Any idea if the Dean Duke with 1 1/8" of travel would work as a single speed?
    I know of other softails that have been made into single speeds, but not sure if 1 1/8" is too much travel and would effect the chain tension. I have seen quite a few built without using any tensioners, wondering if it is possible to build this DEAN softail without a tension devise and an EBB.

    CANE CREEK AD-5 Air rear shock delivers 1-1/8" of active travel

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    Also while looking on the DEAN site, I came across this IONIC frame, suspension piviot is at the BB, which has been stated would work as a SS since there is not chanbe in the chain length thru the suspension stroke.
    Think this would work as well?

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    Strategic "Y" link placement in conjuction with the Fifth Element Air shock eliminate all pedal induced suspension "bobbing" - You get maximum power out of every pedal stroke! Linear Link pivot design eliminates chain pull and pedal kick back during braking - cartridge bearings throughout make the E3 FS a super smooth ride all the time

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    It should work

    If you can find the magic ratio you may be able to run with no tensioner. If that won't work An ENO eccentric hub should do the trick. I can't say for sure that 1 1/8" of travel won't screw with the chain tension though, it kind of depends on how the chainstays flex, someone else may know for sure. It would make a nice SS bike even if you are forged to use a tensioner.
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    should be fine...

    i ran a ibis ripley as an SS without a tensioner for awhile, no probs. the ripley has a wee bit more travel that the duke. as for the ionic, i wouldn't see how it would be a problem either with the pivot point at the bb. those ionic e3 frame do looks sweet, just a more ecomonical version of their ti dean ace frames.

    i have '03 dean duke (size XL) and it's a great bike. i will be selling her though, once my ibis ripley gets back from spectrum powder works.


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