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    SS conversion kits (EBAY)?

    What do all you experienced SS builders think of these Ebay SS conversion kits?





    My parts bin is full including an old cheap frame (vertical drop-outs) and I’d like to build up a SS machine. Are these simple Ebay kits any good or am I better off spending a little cash on something like an ENO Eccentric rear hub?
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    I'm not an experienced SS builder by any means but I tried one of those spring loaded tensionsers (the sette one that looks exactly like that) and found it to be garbage.

    I'd be more happier with a rennen style tensioner (the sette copy is only $20) and the gusset kit

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    I got the gusset chain tensioner, which doesn't have a spring tensioner and installs where the old derailleur used to be, and I think is legit. In addition I bought the dual six conversion kit and I am very happy. I then threw in a Tangen steel fork and was still under $100.00

    Very happy with my set up, have been dropping the hammer on it doing intervals on/off road as I get ready to do a couple of races, and I have yet to drop the chain or experience any problems at all.

    My combo is 36/16. And I am spending under $20 in an additional cog 18t to make it more climbing friendly.

    All of this at universalcycles.com

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    1 1/4" PVC pipe for spacers.. that's what I'm going to use for my street wheels... going to take the risk and spend the $.63 for the shorter coupling pvc.

    The cogs are $4-$5 on ebay and you can probably find a good tensioner for cheap

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    I used one from Ebay that was a "no-name", paid about $20 for spacers, couple of cogs and a spring tensioner. I used the spacers and the tensioner and bought a Surly cog. The spacers and tensioner worked great for about a year and a half until I bought a SS specific frame....although you say your frame has "horizontal drop-outs" so sounds like you don't need the tensioner anyhow...

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    Yeah sorry, noob mistake, that would be vertical drop-outs - standard MTB...

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    Have not used one personally- but have had friends try them. They all said it was a decent kit to find out if you really want to SS. They all upgraded if they decided it was for them.
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    I just don't like the idea of a spring loaded tensioner. Less reliable than one you fix with a bolt. I have a Rennen on one bike and there's others in similar style. My "new" bike uses a Blackspire Stinger chain guide for tension (at the BB end of the drivetrain).

    Also, thin stamped cogs may chew into your freehub body: good for figuring out what gearing you want but a wide base cog is a better long term solution. Surly, On-One, Gusset, Chris King, etc ...

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