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    New question here. HT beater for street/dj, a few ?s

    I'm finally looking to build a hardtail for street beating, dirt jumps and some trials and trails. Prefer it to be on the lighter side, no more than 100mm of travel or maybe even rigid. A few questions:

    1. Buy complete (used) or build as I want with used parts?
    2. Will a singlespeed work?
    3. Do I need special hub for singlespeed?
    4. What kind of frame should I look into? I was thinking PlanetX, '02 P.3, Trek Bruiser, Giant maybe...

    I'm a beginner as far as street riding goes, but I want to learn over the winter. So based on all that, what would be my best bet?

    Finances are tight, cheaper - better. Would rather get good, but used stuff. Budget around 500$.

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    1. Either oen would work.
    2. Single speed always works
    3. You can use a normal hub with spacers and stuff. Jenson sells a singlespeed kit for normal hubs.
    4. Cant go wrong either way.
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    2. Will I suffer from SS on trails, dirt jumps or learning trials?
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    hm.... trails might be difficult depending on your gearing ratios and unless you change them out for different things itd be kinda challenging I would think. Dirtjumps would be fine as long as you choose a ratio that accelerates good but also doesnt leave you pedalling too fast once you get going, and I dont know about trials. I would think that it wouldnt affect it too much but I dont know about trials at all.

    I myself am going to learn street over the winter too, put a rigid onto my SC Titan, I've already got the spacers taking up the 8th and 9th cogs on the cassette .
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    Listen!

    Maybe the SS will be inconvinient for trials and trail. You want to build a versatile HT, so I would prefer a rear der.
    500 for the complete bike? Maybe a P.3 would be good for you. If you go up a little bit in price, then look for PlanetX New Jack Flash, Giant STP etc.

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    woodman elite

    i have a woodman elite for trials/streety stuff. super light and strong cheap frame. i run mine with a rigid planet-x fork. i have my gears set up more for trials (22 chain ring with a 19-17-12 cassette and shift with the barrel adjust on my der) but for street ans DJ you will obviouslt want something faster than that. but its an awesome versatile frame. i think you can get them for under 300 at mtbstore.com

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    Sweet, will look into Woodman stuff. Hey, how about Minuteman? I heard it's helluva stiff, but is it heavy?
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