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    full suspension ss cross country options?

    I have a one niner carbon rdo rigid and another scandium with front fork but age,64,means tight back after rides.Thinking of going full suspension single speed.I am open to suggestions or recomendations.Pretty sure my set up is fine with current bikes.Have had at lest 4-5 years of adjusting stuff.Thanks for input.

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    Lenz MilkMoney is the first one that comes to mind. It might actually be the only purpose made FS SS out there.
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    For the most part, I believe you could just use a tensioner with any current FS frame and replace the cassette with a cog and spacers. I've thought of doing his with my 5010c, but then I go on a ride with it and realize I do need gears sometimes on that bike. Just be sure to leave enough chain to be taken up by suspension action.

    As far as "new" SS FS, not sure of anything outside of a Lenz MilkMoney?


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    You have to also keep in mind chain growth on a FS bike so that's a factor.

    OP...have you considered a plus size bike? There's some nice SS options in the 27.5+ and 29+ bikes. The plus size tires might be all you need to alleviate the issues you're having.
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    I have just built a SS out of an old Schwinn Homegrown SweetSpot. As an update on that, take a look at the Castellano Designs, Zorro. Not your typical full suspension, but it literally climbs like a hardtail and becomes fully active while seated on descents.

    Castellano Designs | Zorro, son of Szazbo

    I'm still learning what my bike likes and how to take advantage of its attributes but so far, I like it.
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    Full Face Kenny on the JRA Show talked about building a full suspension ss a while ago. Don't remember the episode.

    I think the bike was a Jet9 and that he wound up using a SRAM x-horizon type derailleur as a tensioner. From what I remember, for some reason that was the tensioning system that allowed for chain growth and didn't drop his chain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckha62 View Post
    I have just built a SS out of an old Schwinn Homegrown SweetSpot. As an update on that, take a look at the Castellano Designs, Zorro. Not your typical full suspension, but it literally climbs like a hardtail and becomes fully active while seated on descents.

    Castellano Designs | Zorro, son of Szazbo

    I'm still learning what my bike likes and how to take advantage of its attributes but so far, I like it.
    That bike is bad ass.


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    Custom is always an option. My buddy has done some pretty cool SS suspension bikes.

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    I forgot I had a set of light weight Mavic CrossMax wheels stashed away. I went form 25.8 lbs to 24.4 (2.10 tires instead of 2.35s too).
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    Find an old Kona A?
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    Quote Originally Posted by speedyd View Post
    I have a one niner carbon rdo rigid and another scandium with front fork but age,64,means tight back after rides.Thinking of going full suspension single speed.I am open to suggestions or recomendations.Pretty sure my set up is fine with current bikes.Have had at lest 4-5 years of adjusting stuff.Thanks for input.


    Here's one:


    Big Wheel Deals: LenzSport MilkMoney 4.0 for sale.


    Pretty cheap for what you get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaklabl View Post
    That bike is bad ass.
    Up until the point where the bike decides it doesn't want you riding it anymore and ejects you by the wayside like every other URT out there...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    Up until the point where the bike decides it doesn't want you riding it anymore and ejects you by the wayside like every other URT out there...
    Brake Jack? I don't have much saddle time on this yet, but so far it's a nice ride.
    One gear is all you need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    Up until the point where the bike decides it doesn't want you riding it anymore and ejects you by the wayside like every other URT out there...
    The Schwinn Sweetspot doesn't have enough trail to really do that.

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    As already mentioned, I think the Schwinn Sweetspot is a good choice. It doesn't need a sprung tensioner, has short enough travel to mask the URT's bad habits, and having it stiffen when you're standing it a big bonus for a single speed. I ride one, as do several of my friends. A good way to think of it is, a soft tail XC single speed.

    Mine:
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    You can also look at a Catamount. I think they're really cool frames, but I prefer the Schwinn geometry more.

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    If you want longer travel take a look at the Haro Sonix. The rear suspension is co-axial with the bottom bracket, so chain length remains static. It's a newer frame and can more easily accommodate newer components and shocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad mechanic View Post
    The Schwinn Sweetspot doesn't have enough trail to really do that.
    Good point, I just can't get the Mantra out of my head, or more like my head off the dirt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jestep View Post
    Good point, I just can't get the Mantra out of my head, or more like my head off the dirt.
    The Mantra was ****ing scary.

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    there is a medium Kona A on ebay right now for $850, but its only available for local pick-up in Englewood, FL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    I wish! I always wanted one and they are impossible to find.

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    i have two. what size are you? i ride an 18" and happen to have a spare 21" blue frame with track ends in basically new condition I picked up as a spare ill probably never use.

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