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    Single Speed Surlys

    I hope there is not a thread of these already, I can't seem to find it but am keen to see all the SS Surlys together as one!

    Heres my Crosscheck in commuter disguise to kick this off.
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    I'll play!

    Here's my Steamroller in flat-bar commuter mode. Currently sporting an OMM Cold Springs front rack. 42x17 fixed gear with a bolt-on cog setup.




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    And here's my Karate Monkey in dingle-speed mode. 36x17 for riding to the trails, 32x20 for riding them. Features a Salsa Fargo fork for bikepacking adventures.




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    those are some beautiful bikes, thank you for sharing
    makes me wanna go ride.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by keevohn View Post
    And here's my Karate Monkey in dingle-speed mode. 36x17 for riding to the trails, 32x20 for riding them. Features a Salsa Fargo fork for bikepacking adventures.



    Beautiful bikes you have there. If I wasn't having Krampus nightmares that would be my dream Monkey.

    Here's my SS Surly:
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    Back when it was rigid...

    Got my Reba on it now. Need to get pics with the reba and SS. But, might wait till next year, since I'm stripping the frame currently to get re-powdercoated, getting a new Headset and Crankset as I've worn through my last 2 in the last 2.5 years of riding since I had her. Crazy to think of the 1000's of miles I've put in on this thing. I love it, and I won't ever get rid of her!


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    Okay.



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    My SS instigator, love this bike

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    My 1x1

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    that's a neat 1x1. How wide are them slicks! DAUM!
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    That green 1x1 is super classy! I really want to pick up one of those framesets. Here's my 1x1.



    More pics tomorrow since I'm riding (hopefully)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameresu View Post
    Okay.


    That's hawt. It's like an '80s ATB with big hoops.

    What's the 'modulator' on the brake cable?
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    It prevents wheel blocking. Sort of "ABS" for bikes. Do not use it anymore, changed brakes to XTR 970.

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    There were other systems like that as well. My girlfriend has a similar system on her bike that modulates the brakes and keeps them from locking up, however I can't seem to remember what it was called. I personally am not a fan of them. She can't tell the difference

    *edit* Shimano Nexave v-brakes are what I'm referring to. The brake itself had "abs" on it, not just the noodle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    That green 1x1 is super classy! I really want to pick up one of those framesets. Here's my 1x1.



    More pics tomorrow since I'm riding (hopefully)
    What rims are those ?
    It looks like my 3x9 KM is going to look a lot like your 1x1.
    Black KM with green P-35's, grips, cash green sram cassette and some other miscellaneous green parts.

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    Velocity Blunt's, the old style, when they offered them in colors set up tubeless (they said it wasn't possible!) muahaha

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    Okay, that's the same kind of green then.

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    You have great taste !

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    Thanks! It used to have green cable housing until I picked up hyrdo's...just a thought, I may make my poploc housing green!

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    I think braided stainless hoses would look good on your bike...

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    Here's my whip! The wheels have been updated with Surly hubs, WI trials FW, and original Velocity Blunt rims laced with DT Swiss straight gauge spokes. I want to install a squish fork on it. I've also installed SLX cranks. I should just take a new pic! Single Speed Surlys-imageuploadedbytapatalk1352520636.026599.jpg


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    Here's a lousy picture of my Crosscheck (now with generator lighting!)


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    Why not? It's a single speed and a Surly
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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    Here's a lousy picture of my Crosscheck (now with generator lighting!)
    I really like that!

    I want to tell you to fix your rear fender line, but it looks like it's set up that way so you can switch gears. Is that it? Nice coverage on that front fender.
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    Single Speed Surlys-2013-01-26_15-16-51_568.jpg

    Single Speed Surlys-2012-09-02_17-59-39_499.jpgAfter getting the CC, I ended up selling all my other bikes. A few weeks later I got a KM to have a complete fleet. Both SS. Love them both. The only problem with Surly is that I could really find a use for each of their bikes. Big issues!

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    My computer is playing with me...
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    Single and forget about rigid...



    At home...

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    Let's see some fresh pics Bruce

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    Introducing the Kremlin.
    Running 47mm wide up front and 38mm out back. Kris Holm style.
    My version of the Monkey + Krampus




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    Ah well, if it's worth posting on one thread.


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    You got it. AT 42x16, the rear axle is at the front of the dropouts. At 34x16, it's at the back (and in the middle at 34x19. Fun to tinker!)

    Quote Originally Posted by CLONG View Post
    I really like that!

    I want to tell you to fix your rear fender line, but it looks like it's set up that way so you can switch gears. Is that it? Nice coverage on that front fender.

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    My 1X1 - running 32:16




    My Pugsley - running 36:18





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    Quote Originally Posted by sasquatch rides a SS View Post
    Let's see some fresh pics Bruce
    Fresh? Wow, tough crowd.

    We're expecting 4-6 inches of the white stuff tonight, so doubt it will see trail until that all melts and temperatures freeze the dirt again enough to ride the trails - or spring arrives (whichever comes first).

    But I deliver...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpt1 View Post
    I like the flat bars with a steep stem on the old-school 1x1's. Are those 82mm wide rims?

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    That color is to die for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trilancing View Post
    I like the flat bars with a steep stem on the old-school 1x1's. Are those 82mm wide rims?
    Thanks, Trilancing! No, its only 65mm Weinmann DHL-65 rims (same as Large Marges), the maximum 1x1 can take, with tires wider then rims.

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    Surly drivetrain

    The current drivetrain on my CC consist of a 40t Surly chainring and a 19t Surly cog. Since I'm running a double crank I'm thinking of switching to double singlespeed drivetrain, say 40t/36t chain rings and 18t/22t cogs. Anyone have any experience running something like this?

    Here's a picture of my current drivetrain and a lousy one of the bike. I switched back from Albatross bars to Open Bars. I just can't not screw with the set-up on this bike. 2 months from now it'll probably have drops and gears again.
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    Heres a more recent picture with new wheels and cranks! I installed SLX cranks with Ultegra BB (had it on the shelf). I built wheels using Surly hubs, Velocity Blunt rims and a WI trials FW. Im not a fan of the current tires but I got them for free so I guess I cant ***** too much!

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    I don't have a white garage door for a proper new build picture, so up against the side of the barn will have to do.Single Speed Surlys-100_3632-medium-.jpg

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    [QUOTE=dfltroll;10182989]Since I'm running a double crank I'm thinking of switching to double singlespeed drivetrain, say 40t/36t chain rings and 18t/22t cogs. Anyone have any experience running something like this?QUOTE]

    It works well. I would reccomend having a good main gear that gets you through most of your riding and a lower gear for lotsa hills/trails/bad conditions/etc/. It sounds like you have that idea covered already. It's just enough of a pain to change gears that it helps to have the main gear be something that works just about everywhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dfltroll View Post
    The current drivetrain on my CC consist of a 40t Surly chainring and a 19t Surly cog. Since I'm running a double crank I'm thinking of switching to double singlespeed drivetrain, say 40t/36t chain rings and 18t/22t cogs. Anyone have any experience running something like this?
    i'm running a 42/38 up front and 17/21 dingle cog out back with a 21 WI fw on the flipside. works great.
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    Hey Vaultbrad and Monogod, thanks for the info. I'll probably experiment with the double set-up at some point in the coming months. Just need to get the parts together. Thanks.
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    I'm dingling the Ogre ASAP on a Dos Eno. I'm thinking 37/17 and 35/19.

    I running 35/16 currently, so I know I'll be happy with the urban gear, but is 35/19 light enough to deal with rugged terrain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelmutHerr View Post

    I running 35/16 currently, so I know I'll be happy with the urban gear, but is 35/19 light enough to deal with rugged terrain?
    It depends on your tire sizes. My Tricross is 38/18 and 38/20 with a 38mm tire and is ridden only on trails. A full 29er rear tire would need a lower gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    It depends on your tire sizes. My Tricross is 38/18 and 38/20 with a 38mm tire and is ridden only on trails. A full 29er rear tire would need a lower gear.
    Cheers. Maybe I found a solution in search of a problem.

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    Some lovely Surly's on here
    Heres a couple of more pics from my Pugs, nothing really different, just love it and thought I'd share

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    Quote Originally Posted by c_m_shooter View Post
    I don't have a white garage door for a proper new build picture, so up against the side of the barn will have to do.Click image for larger version. 

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    How are you liking those drop bars on your pugs? I've thought about putting some woodchippers on mine.

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    The dirt drops aren't perfect. I built it with an old set of Origin 8 bars first and they were great until they broke. I replaced them the with these Nitto's and they aren't as wide as the Origin 8's. They feel great on fast sections of trail, but don't give me a lot of leverage to get that heavy ass tire turned around switchbacks. If I accidentally drop into ruts, the bars can get twisted out of my hands. I am going to try a set of Off road Mary bars this weekend and see if they are better, but I think I will probly end up staying with the drops.

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    Winter Monkey

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    my ogre with a bit of dust


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    My stiffy monkey

    My new karate monkey frame build up. 180mm rear 200mm front rotors tonight. Going to "shave" all unused "protrusions" ... cable guides, derailleur hanger, fender mounts ... etc. Then I'm complete ... for a while

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    How about a fixed gear Surly?




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    My 'Monkey

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    Klunkercross

    My Cross Check with an Open Bar and Knards.
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    Do you know what year Surly started putting the cable routing *under* the top tube? Trying to identify the year of my frame~ since it's black, it's a little harder to do...

    Anyhow, here's a pic of mine. 33t profile spline drive sprocket on the front, and alternate between a 19t and 20t in the back. So in love.

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    Bring it.

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    You can identify the year of manufacture by the serial number. Surlybikes.com has instructions how to figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saul Lumikko View Post
    You can identify the year of manufacture by the serial number. Surlybikes.com has instructions how to figure it out.
    YOU are awesome, thank you!
    Bring it.

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    Bumping this awesome thread with a question for you flat bar cross check or steamroller (or LHT I'd suppose) riders: is it a good idea to downsize your frame when planning a flat bar build, or do you recommend using the same size frame regardless of your handlebar intentions?

    I was stretched out too much on a 60 cm cross check with drop bars, so as I plan my newest build (I sold the 60 cm last fall), I'm wondering if I should take into consideration the fact that I'll be using flat bars this time.

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    If anything, flat bars will shorten your reach(from hoods, given same stem and so forth). Were you happy with the rest of the fit, seat-tube length, etc? How did it feel when you rode the flats of the bars(hands by the stem-ish)? If good then go with another 60cm. Then adjust reach with stem length.

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    60cm with flatbar will be ok. But if you plan to use a dropbar again someday, you should buy a shorter frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaultbrad View Post
    If anything, flat bars will shorten your reach(from hoods, given same stem and so forth). Were you happy with the rest of the fit, seat-tube length, etc? How did it feel when you rode the flats of the bars(hands by the stem-ish)? If good then go with another 60cm. Then adjust reach with stem length.
    Thanks for the quick reply! Yes, I was fairly happy with the fit otherwise (standover, seat tube, etc), but it felt a bit on the big side, if I'm being honest. I couldn't get comfortable on hoods at all, and even had considerable soreness riding the flats. I tried everything, but nothing worked.

    Before I sold it, I had two different bike shops give me their opinions - one was that I fell in the 58/60 range and they thought it was typically better to go larger and dial it in. The other said a 60 was too big and a 58 (and even a 56 on some models - cross check included) would be better.

    My other bikes are a size 19 Monocog 29er and a large Cannondale 26" Enforcement, and both fit great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nameresu View Post
    60cm with flatbar will be ok. But if you plan to use a dropbar again someday, you should buy a shorter frame.
    This is where I was heading too - thanks for the feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt View Post
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    What a tire on the first pic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyri View Post
    Do you know what year Surly started putting the cable routing *under* the top tube? Trying to identify the year of my frame~ since it's black, it's a little harder to do...

    Anyhow, here's a pic of mine. 33t profile spline drive sprocket on the front, and alternate between a 19t and 20t in the back. So in love.

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    This is a great picture!! Right now I would love to have a black KM/Ogre Single-speed!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lpt1 View Post
    What a tire on the first pic?
    45NRTH Dillinger 26x4.8 120 tpi on the Front
    45NRTH Husker Du 26x4.0 120tpi on the Back
    on Sun Ringle MuleFut sl 80mm Rims


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    Quote Originally Posted by Normbilt View Post
    45NRTH Dillinger 26x4.8 120 tpi on the Front
    45NRTH Husker Du 26x4.0 120tpi on the Back
    on Sun Ringle MuleFut sl 80mm Rims
    Thank You, Normbilt!
    Horizontal shrinkage of picture above suggests me that it's a new unknown 26x3 tires!

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    Heres a shot or two of my 1X1 out in the snow last weekend.
    Fitted with Dirt Wizards, making for a fun day on the mountain.

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    Fat, Fully Rigid, and One #!$%^&* Speed !!

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    I did a little upgrade over the weekend and added a set of Answer 720 Enduro Carbon 20/20 bars. Very comfy.
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    Here is my Cross Check as an SS. I usually run it fixed gear but I have some events coming up. Single Speed Surlys-imageuploadedbytapatalk1428242743.007013.jpg


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    1x1 Medium Teaberry
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    1x1 is way more fun than the KM was. Though I think a large would have been a better fit (6'). I regret selling the Steamroller, but I'm thinking it will get replaced with a CC, or LHT, or Straggler, or . . . I might have a problem.

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    rusheleven, could you elaborate on why the 1x1 is way more fun than the Karate Monkey? I see yours is set up with 27.5" wheels. I'm looking to get a single speed Surly mountain bike this summer, and trying to decide between KM and 1x1 with 27.5" wheelset.

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    Quicker steering. Less wheel deflection.

    I also had it set up as a 26 for a while and liked that too, but I had the opportunity to try it with the 27.5 and thought I should give it a go (ya know, gotta keep up with the trendy folk). 26 was more playful, but for XC stuff it was rough. Going from 29x2.3 to 26x2.3 was simply ridiculous more control over how the bike responded to body english. Going from 26x2.3 to 27.5x2.4 was a increase in plushness. going to 27.5x2.8 up front was FANTASTIC. I have a single WTB Trailblazer and am waiting for QBP to get them back in stock; they keep moving the date back.

    ^ wall of text ugh.

    If I was going for XC racing speed, I'd probably still go with the KM. For playfulness and just all around more fun riding, the 1x1 wins.

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    My new to me White Industries ENO cranks with Ti BB and new 32T chain ring! This bike is morphing into something really cool! .

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    Hi Rusheleven,

    I recently purchased a Troll frameset and am really interested in experimenting with the 27.5+ setup. Do you mind posting some more pics of the clearance with the 27.5x2.8 WTBs on your 1x1? Especially the clearance in the rear triangle.

    Also, how have you found the 27.5 wheels on your 1x1 in terms of stability and handling? I'm not knowledgeable enough about bottom bracket height to have a sense of what it would feel like.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrke View Post
    Do you mind posting some more pics of the clearance with the 27.5x2.8 WTBs on your 1x1? Especially the clearance in the rear triangle.
    Don't have one on the back yet. They keep selling out before I can get one. Just finally ordered one yesterday for the rear so maybe pics in a week or so. I did a test fit when I got my front one on the rear and there was plenty of room. I'm running Sun Ringle Inferno 27 rims.


    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrke View Post
    Also, how have you found the 27.5 wheels on your 1x1 in terms of stability and handling? I'm not knowledgeable enough about bottom bracket height to have a sense of what it would feel like.
    Bottom bracket height adjustment is an interesting thing and different riding styles may notice more of a change in handling than others. I only rode it with 26" wheels for about 2 months before I got the 27.5 wheels for it. 26" was quicker steering and more stable but there was a ton of pedal strike even with 2.3/2.35 tires. It was easier to get the front wheel up and tight turns were easier.

    With the 27.5 I gain ground clearance (and cush with the bigger tires 8psi for the win!) but loose a bit of corner stability on high speed dissents with quick corners. Overall I like it alot better, but I also live in Missouri so no mountain descents. . .

    I also ran a 29er wheel set for a while with 2.1 tires. More momentum which was awesome for straight line carry, but the deflection on the front end was a bit silly when it got into the bigger rougher stuff and cornering was top heavy for sure.

    SO. . . My general thoughts are
    26" = Big Boy BMX Cruiser / Fatty lite (pudgy? idk. With 2.5 and fat rims)
    27.5" = All around best set up for mtb
    29" = Roadie/Gravel Grinder/Fire Road set up with lighter wheels + tires.


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    Seat Stay

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    ^Rear End Clearance as per requested.

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    Thank you so much for the reply and the pictures! You've inspired me to build a 27.5+ wheelset for my Troll. I'm pretty excited.

    I hope it rides as well as you were expecting!

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by rusheleven View Post
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    ^Rear End Clearance as per requested.

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    Congratulations on your new bike purchase.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    Congratulations on your new bike purchase.
    If that was directed to me, Thanks! I think I've finally run out of appropriate places to post it!

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    I've been waiting patiently for a good SSCX bike to pop up used on the local CL...usually people want top dollar for Cross Checks but this steamroller popped up for a good deal with a few nice bits (carbon cranks, etc) so I scooped it up. The guy had it set up as a roadie with slicks but I quickly changed that...clearance in the back is a bit tight with 35c cross tires. Anyway, northern AZ is a great place to gravel grind...


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    UPDATE


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    Here's my new Cross Check SS - just picked it up 3 days ago. Great bike!
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    Instigator 2.0, rigid single speed. Gearing is 33/18 but will be replaced with Absolute Black 34t oval and 18t cog. Will also have Maxxis Chronicle 27+ for next summer.

    And yes, I know chain is bit loose. It's ok now.

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    KM with Wolftooth elliptical 32 chainring & 19 tooth cog. Perfect for my riding at Mammoth Cave. Just built this set of Asym I29's with TrailBoss 2.4's. They fit fine with the wheel as far forward as I can get it. Dynomite ride.

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    Sometimes it's a fixed gear, sometimes it's a coaster brake, and sometimes a free wheel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by onecogshortofacluster View Post
    Sometimes it's a fixed gear, sometimes it's a coaster brake, and sometimes a free wheel.
    I like it! What gears are you running?

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    I built this bike in 2011, and it has had a lot of set ups, for a lot of different reasons. So the gear inches range from-26 (snow)-47 (rail trail). local pineland rides-35inch. Fixed gear joke---Every time I get a year older, I go to a lower gear. Soon I will be riding backwards.

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    there is no better way to start the day than with a singlespeed mountainbike ride!Single Speed Surlys-2016-04-20-07.22.50.jpg
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    God, those medium teaberry 1x1s are simply boner-inducing.

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