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    Melvin? Or Yess tensioner? Or other super fantastic product I've never heard of?

    So, I am going to convert my older GT frame to SS. I don't have any experience with SS tensioners at all, but have looked at some cheaper ones and they look pretty fragile/crappy. I like the looks of the yess one that mounts at the bottom bracket. Has anybody used this one? Or the one (yess) that mounts at the rear der mount? Both look well made(online pics).
    How bout the Melvin? Ive always heard good things about Pauls stuff. Also looks well made. Does it allow any chain slap? It uses more chain so I've wondered...
    And lastly, ever used any of these on a full susp (3") bike? I realize that sort of defeats the "simpler" aspect of the SS but I also have a pretty nice fs frame that's just hangin from the rafters in my garage.
    Any other suggestions? Thanks a bunch...

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    Use pretty much anything as long as it pushes up. The lock-down type tend to work better than the sprung type...however YMMV. I use a STS tensioner, works great.

    On a FS bike you need a spring type that can take up a good amount of slack, I think they tend to be BB mounted.
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    I have a Rennen Rollenlager coming for my next project. I can't comment on how it works yet but it looks pretty tough.

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    surly singleator works extremely well. ive had it for two 1/2 years and it has worked great. a while back ago I lost the clip that holds it together and surly sent me a whole new assembly free of charge. only thing that has worn out on it was the jockey wheel and the spring(my fault cause of over tightening ) I saw gusset came out with a new chain tensioner that is similar to the singleator that is worth a look, its called a gusset squire
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    The Surly works "OK" if your on smooth buffed out trails, but if you ride a variety with bumps and technical, the YESS ETR-D is the way to go. I used one for 2 years until I switched frames w/ sliders.

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    Yess ETR/D on a Giant Anthem. It was a blast to ride but I put gears back on it so towing the bob trailer was a bit easier.


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    It wasn't on a FS so results could differ and I'm sure most everyone here will say it's a cheap piece of crap but it worked great for me, it never skipped once regardless of terrain and I never heard a peep out of it during the year or so I used it....also, I had it pushing down. So if you want something on a budget this is the ticket and maybe you'll get lucky enough to have it work as well as I did.

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    If it's a hardtail and you want a cheap bolt on tensioner, buy one of the rigid ones like the DMR STS or the Rennen Rollenlager. Unless you're using a full suspension frame, there is NO reason to use a sprung tensioner. Rigid tensioner are more robust, don't allow chain slap (quieter), and are better at preventing chain drop.

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    My experience with the Rollenlager was that it made it a PITA to take the rear wheel off (required loosening hideous 15mm bolt and completely removing the qr skewer) and needed adjustment every time pressure was put on the chain grinding over logs. YMMV, but there you have two reasons for not using a rigid tensioner.

    Not saying spring tensioners are better. IMO all tensioners suck as permanent solutions. They're fine for temporary experimenting. If committed to SS drop the $$ and get something eccentric (WI hub, FC EBB).

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskaranddriver
    My experience with the Rollenlager was that it made it a PITA to take the rear wheel off (required loosening hideous 15mm bolt and completely removing the qr skewer) and needed adjustment every time pressure was put on the chain grinding over logs. YMMV, but there you have two reasons for not using a rigid tensioner.
    I've found the trick is to remove the QR skewer completely when removing the wheel.

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    Forward Components eccentric BB is the cleanest tensioner of all.

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    I have the Yess ETR-B and it is great. Mounts at the BB and is super clean looking. Nothing hanging down to get snagged on anything.


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    Blackspire Stinger worked fine for me, but I went w/ a half-link (pintle) chain so I didn't have to tuck it up as much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedal-man
    The Surly works "OK" if your on smooth buffed out trails, but if you ride a variety with bumps and technical, the YESS ETR-D is the way to go. I used one for 2 years until I switched frames w/ sliders.

    i will have to disagree, the trails I ride have big roots every 2 feet making for a bumpy ride , it holds up fine
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    Yes on Yess

    I have a Spider with the Yess tensioner on it. I have put about 500 miles on it and I have to say it is the most fun I have had on any bike. The simplicity of a single speed with the cush of full suspension. I love it. [IMG][/IMG]

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