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    Need Help with my SS :)

    Hey

    i own a norco bigfoot and im gonna make it a single speed
    are the following steps correct?

    1) remove deralliur
    2) use cassette removal tool to remove cassette, and take out sprockets i dont want, replace with spacers
    3) remove crank using appropriate tool and unscrew large sprocket from small sprocket (then fill with more spacers?
    4) put front and back sprockets, spacers, and wheels back on as they were
    5) use chain tensioner to put chain back on

    HAVE I MISSED ANYTHING OR NEED TO DO ANYTHING ELSE?

    any help would be much appreciated.

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    resize the chain

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    Nothing much more than resizing the chain. You might want to price out some decent SS cranksets and cogs for the rear. Truvativ sells a nice singlespeed crank called a stylo for 155.00. IMO, teeth on regluar cranksets gave me trouble on hills and such, where my chain would skip no matter how tight the chain was.

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    Re-sizing the chain,

    you mean delinking, taking out links etc?

    sick as, ill have a go at it all on sunday

    atm i basically just ride to the local dirt jumps so hopefully using my current sprockets will do fine

    thx for help

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    measure out chainline of rear sprocket on free hub
    ~JPB

    "Loud Hubs Save Lives"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jpbova
    measure out chainline of rear sprocket on free hub
    sorry mate im new to SS converion

    how do i do that and what do i do with that?

    and which is the 'free hub' lol?

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    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chainline.html

    start reading... it's easier read than explained
    ~JPB

    "Loud Hubs Save Lives"

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    thanks

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    I see somewhere on youtube a 'tutorial' for converting to SS.

    You can search on youtube keyword 'single speed'.

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    3) remove crank using appropriate tool and unscrew large sprocket from small sprocket (then fill with more spacers?

    You may need a set of chain ring bolts for a single ring. Typically, the chain ring bolts used to secure the large and middle rings are "double" ring length -- they're long enough to go through two rings. When you take off the large and just use the middle, you're left with a bolt that's too long to use on a single ring.

    The general consensus on preferred bolt material is steel, as opposed to the colorful, lighter alloy ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by voodoochild
    The general consensus on preferred bolt material is steel, as opposed to the colorful, lighter alloy ones.
    But MTBR Rules clearly state if you are going to post pictures, you must have anodized crank bolts.

    I'd make sure that you at least get a SS specific rear cog. Losing a chain is not fun.

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    Any suggestions on which chain tensioner would be best? I mostly ride dirt jumps and pretty easy going trails, and i will need to buy those ss bolts as you said voodoochild, does a chain tensioner move around when you ride?, pretty much the main reason why i dont want a geared bike anymore, cause my deraliur moves and shakes and hits like a mofo. clunks so loud.

    I will be using my current sprockets and will probably later buy a ss specific chain ring if it starts to skip.

    - http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/s...d.html#spacers is this a good source for my research into SS?

    thx for the help so far, IM GETTING THERE

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