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  1. #1
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    ... and if we just ... need some ideas for my first singlespped bike

    I'm giving up gears and looking to build a singlespeed

    I haven't got a clue what to build and i'd like to see some examples from other people. I like the look of Spot's and Surly's but other than that its open season.

    Also i'm in Scotland so i'd prefer steel and tough!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cochese
    I'm giving up gears and looking to build a singlespeed

    I haven't got a clue what to build and i'd like to see some examples from other people. I like the look of Spot's and Surly's but other than that its open season.

    Also i'm in Scotland so i'd prefer steel and tough!
    Here's a Surly Karate Monkey 29" SS with disc. This is the new Pearl Coffee color.
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    I'm still debating the wheels and fork...

    for my mid-90s theme build singlespeed, but this is the frame I'm using...



    One of the clearout catamounts, just gonna run an axiom tensioner on the hanger to deal with the vert drops issue. The beauty of URTs is they're the simplest full suspension frames to adapt to singlespeeds. Probably will end up using one of my Noleen MegaAirs on it for the fork, and haven't decided yet on the wheelset.
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    Do it proper and use what you have laying around... it's tempting to drop $2k on chi-chi stuff, but you'll get just as much pleasure out of what you already have laying around

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    On One?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cochese
    I'm giving up gears and looking to build a singlespeed

    I haven't got a clue what to build and i'd like to see some examples from other people. I like the look of Spot's and Surly's but other than that its open season.

    Also i'm in Scotland so i'd prefer steel and tough!
    Steel + tough = On One.



    Check one out and see if you dig it.
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    I second On-One,

    but of course I would since I have one.
    My first dedicated SS, but I've had 2 converted gearies for a few years.
    This one rocks. Yes, steel is tough. Feels nice too after being on an aluminum hardtail for a couple of years.



    On-One is readily available in the UK no?

    If you have a hardtail just lying around gathering dust, I'd also recommend converting first, unless of course you're convinced at this point, in which case I'll just post a picture.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    Quote Originally Posted by Cochese
    Also i'm in Scotland so i'd prefer steel and tough!
    Not that I'm trying to discourage you from posting here, because it's great that you are, but are you aware of the Singletrack magazine website and the forum they run. It's quite active, and seems to have a lot of SS content. Being that they're UK based and oriented, it should be a great additional resource for you.

    http://www.singletrackworld.com/foru...hp?f=2&menu=14

    Hmm, based on this article it seems like you're a lucky guy to be able to ride in Scotland. You have any pictures?
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    surly 1x1

    Quote Originally Posted by Cochese
    I'm giving up gears and looking to build a singlespeed

    I haven't got a clue what to build and i'd like to see some examples from other people. I like the look of Spot's and Surly's but other than that its open season.

    Also i'm in Scotland so i'd prefer steel and tough!


    la belle dame en rose - she's 2 rides old, my first ss, and i'm in love.

    i built her for under 600$US using bits and parts from what i had lying around. the only items purchased specifically for the build were the headset, seatpost, saddle, and gusset 1'er conversion kit for the rear wheel. pick a frame and go with parts you've got.

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    Sha-wing!

    Good choice! I think it'll make a great FS / SS.

    I had a Schwinn S-20 a million years ago. A poor man's Ibis Szasbo. I like the way that you could stand in the pedals and get zero pedal feedback. You'd be hard pressed to find bike that can live up to that claim even today. I remember this bike being both a great climber and descender. People used to talk trash about the URT, but they worked well.

    Please keep us informed of your progress. I can't wait to see reviews and pix of the finished product.

    Quote Originally Posted by DeeEight
    for my mid-90s theme build singlespeed, but this is the frame I'm using...



    One of the clearout catamounts, just gonna run an axiom tensioner on the hanger to deal with the vert drops issue. The beauty of URTs is they're the simplest full suspension frames to adapt to singlespeeds. Probably will end up using one of my Noleen MegaAirs on it for the fork, and haven't decided yet on the wheelset.
    keep moving

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    ... and if we just ...

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikehigh
    Not that I'm trying to discourage you from posting here, because it's great that you are, but are you aware of the Singletrack magazine website and the forum they run. It's quite active, and seems to have a lot of SS content. Being that they're UK based and oriented, it should be a great additional resource for you.

    http://www.singletrackworld.com/foru...hp?f=2&menu=14

    Hmm, based on this article it seems like you're a lucky guy to be able to ride in Scotland. You have any pictures?
    No photos I'm afraid, computer got wiped a while ago so i lost all my photos.

    I'm already a member at Singletrack and they're great, but i've seen a good Surly following on here and i'm interested to see what people do with them.

    I'll get working on those photos though.

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    www.slingshotbikes.com

    Their 29" wheel single speed frame is simply amazing to ride. No need for a suspension fork and it's a real attention getter as well. I'm guessing that with the dollar so low right now, you might be able to get a real deal on the frame. I ride mine on trails, but switch out the tires and race it cyclocross as well. Their 26" wheel single speed is real rush too.



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    Just throw something together....

    For a first bike, I suggest that you just throw something together from things you have laying around or pick up used. Single speeding isn't for everyone and it would really suck to spend big bucks on a frame and parts and find that you can't ride it because your knees hurt.

    Plus if you build something out of old parts, you can always dress it up for the holiday season and spread some Christmas cheer.


    Good luck,

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    Smile I liek that...

    Quote Originally Posted by Objectionable Material
    For a first bike, I suggest that you just throw something together from things you have laying around or pick up used. Single speeding isn't for everyone and it would really suck to spend big bucks on a frame and parts and find that you can't ride it because your knees hurt.

    Plus if you build something out of old parts, you can always dress it up for the holiday season and spread some Christmas cheer.


    Good luck,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocket Reducer No. 62
    I like the X-mas spirit! That bike rocks!
    The club has a Christmas ride each year and the bike with the best looking decorations after the ride wins a prize. It makes for a fun ride.

    Don't mean to jack this thread though.

    My SS is a 15 year old frame that was my race frame years ago. I put a new fork on it and an Paul's rear hub. The chain length is perfect if you use a Spicer half link. Changing the bike from a geared hardtail cost very little. It has worked well for me for quite some time.

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    Kona Unit

    Steel, tough, affordable and rides nice.



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