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    New question here. Is there a cheap way to set this 26 MTB Mongoose to a front fixed gear?

    The front gear is stamped, so I cant just take off the little and big gear to make it 1x drivetrain in the front.

    Its a 2012 Mongoose Switchback.

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    "fixed gear" is not the right term. look up "fixed gear bike."

    you want to convert it to a "one by" or 1x drivetrain. a single ring in the front and a derailer with multiple gears in the back. that's what most modern bikes use. you will need to replace the crankset to do that, and probably the bottom bracket.

    I discourage this on that particular bike. it's not worth the effort for the return on performance on a bike like that. it will quickly escalate into a Steamed Hams Situation.

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    Ok, yeah I was looking to turn it into a simple "one by", mostly just to eliminate the chain slippage and just ride it as a beater or have as a backup incase a friend without a bike wants to ride with me.

    So yeah, just looking for a quick fix other than trashing it.

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    quick fix: replace the crankset. You can do this for under $100. check around the classifieds. most cranksets can be changed to 1x, just not the really entry-level ones. most cranks have a way to remove and replace the rings.

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    If the chainrings are worn on a crankset with riveted chainrings, you have to replace the crankset anyway.

    I wouldn't call $100 for a crankset for such a bike "cheap" but you should be able to find a lot of stuff below that, especially on the used market, that will work.

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