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    Singlespeed recommendations?

    Did you build your singlespeed from an old frame, or did you buy a new frame/bike to do it? What are the good singlespeeds on the market for about $500 or less? So far I've had people recommend KHS Solo-One and Redline Monog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighty_
    Did you build your singlespeed from an old frame, or did you buy a new frame/bike to do it? What are the good singlespeeds on the market for about $500 or less? So far I've had people recommend KHS Solo-One and Redline Monog.
    Those are both great SS bike to start off with... also don;t forget to check around for used bikes - you can usually pick up a Surly cheaply too....

    My first SS bike was a brand new(model year left over) Giant Rainier - I bought it specifically to convert to SS. I got it home and removed the cassette, shifters, derailleur, cranks, etc - and sold them off and installed my SS crank, cog with spacers, and a Singuleator and I was off! I got a deal on the bike and after I sold the parts and bought the noew ones I needed - I was into SS for about $425... not a bad deal.

    Just keep in mind you can convert any bike to SS - with either a tensioner or ENO hub and be in business! You don't haver to go SS specific right out of the door!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lighty_
    Did you build your singlespeed from an old frame, or did you buy a new frame/bike to do it? What are the good singlespeeds on the market for about $500 or less? So far I've had people recommend KHS Solo-One and Redline Monog.
    My first SS started off as a pos frame I got from a co-worked for $20, and parts I scrounged together. I have ridden that bike for the past 18 months and upgraded as I broke things. It was cheep and that bike has been ridden like crazy while the "good bike" has collected dust.
    In short, if you have the $ and want to get a SS frame, do it, but a convert will work just fine. I don't know what your stable includes but you may be able to convert a current ride.

    As far as new SS's are concerned, the Solo-one is supposed to be solid (2nd hand info here). If you can swing it though I would go with a Surly.
    Oh ya, be sure to post some pics.

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    I also build mine with used parts laying around

    I build my SS from parts, the only parts that I had to buy was a tensioner, spacers and cog. Everything else I needed was in the garage as spares or take offs, I spent around 80.00 in order to buy the parts and that was it.

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    New to SSing, just built up mine up

    Quote Originally Posted by Lighty_
    Did you build your singlespeed from an old frame, or did you buy a new frame/bike to do it? What are the good singlespeeds on the market for about $500 or less? So far I've had people recommend KHS Solo-One and Redline Monog.
    I've heard good things about the Solo-One, and they are available CHEAP from Jenson.

    I just recently built up my first SS using an old Litespeed frame that I got for $200 and many used and discounted parts. I wanted to go SS for awhile, but refrained from taking the plunge until I found an inexpensive steel frame worthy of building up. I lucked into the ti frame while on a MTBing vacation, and couldn't pass up the opportunity. So far, I absolutely freakin' LOVE it!

    Anyway, I'd by more inclined to build up a SS than buy one off the rack, but I have particular tastes regarding components. That's not to say that a Solo-One isn't a great SS bike. I was thinking of getting one myself, but wanted something a tad lighter. Itwould probably be pretty cost effective to buy a Solo-One and upgrade it to your taste, rather than build one up from scratch... depends on your budget, I guess.

    Good luck - JMJ

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    if you like frugality

    If you already have a frame you like, but has vertical drops, you can turn it SS by using a tensioner...and after a few good SS rides, you'll be convinced that you're a true SS'er...then, instead of getting a new frame, you can upgrade you old frame by having it repainted, a new component here and there, and then, get ENO, the eccentric hub that will turn that frame to a true single speed steed. No EBB hassle, or the hassle of purchasing another frame...this thing from White Industries, as LakeRaven put it, it's the next best thing to sliced bread! It's true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernesto_from_Wisconsin
    If you already have a frame you like, but has vertical drops, you can turn it SS by using a tensioner...and after a few good SS rides, you'll be convinced that you're a true SS'er...then, instead of getting a new frame, you can upgrade you old frame by having it repainted, a new component here and there, and then, get ENO, the eccentric hub that will turn that frame to a true single speed steed. No EBB hassle, or the hassle of purchasing another frame...this thing from White Industries, as LakeRaven put it, it's the next best thing to sliced bread! It's true.
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    Except you can't run disc brakes with it.

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    yeah, the no discs thing ...

    with the eno is the reason my ride will remain "avec singeator," as it were. would it be even possible to make an eno hub for discs? not that i really know my stuff in this department, but i would guess not, eh?

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    I ride a Redline SS

    I just bought a 04 Redline Mono-cog & I love it I got a steel frame its a bit heavy the only way you can get a complete bike. It's $419.00 with a rigid fork I added a Manitou SX fork with 3 inches of travel any more would affect the handeling of the bike it comes with tabs for dics brake's this year it runs a 31 tooth gear up front & I belive 18 in back its a tad heavy but its possible to get it into the 23 24 Lbs range. The bike is very very custom looking & its made in the USA. I didnt look at anything else really in Columbia,SC the pickings are slim here but give it a shot I highly recommend one

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    Best bang for the buck is the Monocog Flite, the alloy model... everything is upgraded and every component is top spec. Unsure of MSRP on it though but I think its around $600? Really a bargain for how nice it is.
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    conversion

    worked for me.
    My first was a crappy hardtail that I converted.
    My second SS that I built was a jamis bought brand new for about 500 dollars.
    I rode it once around my yard and then proceeded to singlespeed it.I still have it too.
    My third and current SS is a frame I got off E-bay with vertical dropouts,converted that one too.

    It all depends on what you can do and what parts you have.
    whatever you do don't go with the ENO.
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    Hey KgB....

    Why are you down so down on the ENO? I love mine, works perfect, no problems. The ENO is expensive, but compared to buying a new frame its quite the bargin.


    Quote Originally Posted by KgB
    worked for me.
    My first was a crappy hardtail that I converted.
    My second SS that I built was a jamis bought brand new for about 500 dollars.
    I rode it once around my yard and then proceeded to singlespeed it.I still have it too.
    My third and current SS is a frame I got off E-bay with vertical dropouts,converted that one too.

    It all depends on what you can do and what parts you have.
    whatever you do don't go with the ENO.

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    I've had both the Solo-one and Monocog

    They are both great bikes and great values. I have an old Gary Fisher Gitche Gumme that I am about to convert to use as a spare/loaner, I lucked out totally and got it in good shape for $10. I'm pretty sure I can convert it for $50 or, way less if I get lucky with the chain tension. $50 beats $500 if you have a decent bike to convert. If you have the $500 and want to buy a dedicated SS, the KHS or Redline are great, but I'd give the KHS the slight edge. The Kona Unit is a nice bike for a bit more, and I think the specialised SS is also near that price range ( have'nt heard much about it yet) If you are patient in waiting for the deal, a used SS is probably where the killer deal lies
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    Built 'em cheap

    Here's how I did it: Got bit by the SS bug hard and didn't have a bike I wanted to convert. Hit the pawns and found an old rigid rockhopper, read up about converting by sheldon, and had that thing converted in no time using rear derailleur parts as a tensioner. Then I scored a Kona frame for cheap, made my own half-link and viola, kick-ass, super-cheap, eno hubless and tensionerless -- thus disc compatible -- SS. I reckon I got maybe $250 in both bikes (okay, a little more than that 'cause the Kona now has Truvative cranks and bashguard).
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    Quote Originally Posted by lux
    Here's how I did it: Got bit by the SS bug hard and didn't have a bike I wanted to convert. Hit the pawns and found an old rigid rockhopper, read up about converting by sheldon, and had that thing converted in no time using rear derailleur parts as a tensioner. Then I scored a Kona frame for cheap, made my own half-link and viola, kick-ass, super-cheap, eno hubless and tensionerless -- thus disc compatible -- SS. I reckon I got maybe $250 in both bikes (okay, a little more than that 'cause the Kona now has Truvative cranks and bashguard).
    Hey, that`s a nice bike. I also have converted Kona Lavadome without ENO or Tensioner because of 425 mm chainstays and they easily accept 32:18 setup with great tension.

    Damjan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zonic Man
    Except you can't run disc brakes with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Damjan
    Hey, that`s a nice bike. I also have converted Kona Lavadome without ENO or Tensioner because of 425 mm chainstays and they easily accept 32:18 setup with great tension.

    Damjan
    Why, thank you.

    Don't know if our chainstays are the same length, but I'm running 32/17 and had to use the half-link.

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    you sure about that?

    Quote Originally Posted by KRN
    I just bought a 04 Redline Mono-cog & I love it I got a steel frame its a bit heavy the only way you can get a complete bike. It's $419.00 with a rigid fork I added a Manitou SX fork with 3 inches of travel any more would affect the handeling of the bike it comes with tabs for dics brake's this year it runs a 31 tooth gear up front & I belive 18 in back its a tad heavy but its possible to get it into the 23 24 Lbs range. The bike is very very custom looking & its made in the USA. I didnt look at anything else really in Columbia,SC the pickings are slim here but give it a shot I highly recommend one

    this is the second time i've read here that the Mono Cog is made in the USA. is this new for '04, as my '03 had a sticker (that i took off) that said "made in China".

    that doesn't make me love it any less, it's the *****inest bike i've ever owned, just not the most expensive. if you're thinking about getting one of these, don't get a complete bike. just go for the frame set and maybe the wheels.

    i bought a complete bike and changed just about everything else right away. and the leftovers aren't gonna bring much on eBay.

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    Question about KHS Solo-One:

    Has anyone added a suspension fork to their solo-one? Why the soft tail design rather than hardtail with front but not rear suspension? Why the other way around?
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    Killa deal

    Check with your LBS.I could of switched one of the bikes in the garage, but checked with my LBS and they got me a great deal on a Surly 1x1.I also traded a couple of other forks for a Fox Vanilla and the whole deal was less then I ever figured I'd spend.I wasn't using the forks so I don't count that as a direct expense.I basically got the SS of my dreams for under 600 dollars.Now the hard part is walking past the FS which cost almost 10 times what the ss did.Next project, if I can find a used small frame Ti bike to make into a SS.

    Really honey, all the guys have 6 or 7 bikes.No,no the other wifes never complain.

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    Smile Surly...

    I wanted to get into SS last year and saw a used Surly 1x1 in the classified for a really low price. The simplicity of the whole thing got me and I didn't want to have to monkey around with tensioners. I was sure if I didn't dig the SS thing I could resell the frame in the classifieds for a small loss at worst. Aside from the frame the only other SS specific parts you would need is a spacer set up (got mine ofr $9), or some pvc pipe, and a cog (got mine for $5 in the classifieds) and you are set. I had enough spare parts laying around (as most bikers do) to build the frame up for next to nothing.

    The 1x1, while inexpensive, is a great steel frame that can take super fat tires and is virtually indestructable.

    Since last year I've made some upgrades to the components but am still on the 1x1.

    Though not my only bike the 1x1 is the most frequently used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lux
    Why, thank you.

    Don't know if our chainstays are the same length, but I'm running 32/17 and had to use the half-link.

    lux
    Yes, chainstays are the same length (16,75"). I Have 32:17 setup on Scott Rockwood (my first SS) without half-link, but i dont`t know the chainstay length on Scott`s bikes..

    Damjan

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    Smile

    My first singlespeed was a converted cruiser. I took it out on my local trails just because I wanted to see how a beachcruiser would handle the trails. I loved the handling and the single gear. I was immediately hooked. I had some DH tires, platform pedals, and a good riser bar sitting around, so I threw those on and rode it that way until parts started breaking. I liked the way the frame rode so much that I just upgraded the parts as I replaced them. I rode the cruiser SS for about 2 years before I built up my superfly Karate Monkey.

    Find something and convert it on the cheap. It's part of the journey, converting that first bike is an essential part of the SS experience. Besides, for the money you are talking about you can buy some sweet old rides. Pick up a sweet old steel bike, convert it, enjoy!
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    I started out.....

    I started out by converting my Stumpjumper to a SS and enjoyed it. I got lucky with a 32:18 ratio that I didnít have to use a tensioner. I used it for over a year with no problems. I recently changed over to a Jamis Dragon 853 frame and love it even more. Steel is real!! If you have a hardtail now, just convert it and upgrade later.

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