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    any help for a newbie to ss

    i have an 07 specialized hardrock sport ( no rear wheel ) that i would like to convert to a singlespeed. It is soon to have the fork from my 08 pitch comp. As far as i know, all i need to do is get a new rear wheel set up for singlespeed and a tensioner. ( i would like to just use my middle gear on my crank).
    this is my spare bike right now, that i want to have set up for use on road/ maby a little use in park.(nothing extreme)
    My issue is that i have been looking around and i cant find/understand how to make the switch. Is there anywhere i can find a wheel set up with a singlespeed hub? perferably v brake (i cant seem to find one)
    07 Hardrock Sport - basically stock
    08 Specialized pitch comp - soon to be upgraded

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    Start with the FAQ

    There's years of amassed info there. Once you have gone through that, ask specific ?'s, otherwise it seems like you are just lazy and won't take the time to dig a bit for info.

    http://www.mtbr.com/ssfaqcrx.aspx

    and pics always help when asking ?'s. Welcome to the forum, and be warned, SS riding is strong Kool-aid! May be addicting!

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    i just recently made the switch to SS.

    so it seems like u need a rear wheel.

    you can buy a SS specific rear wheel and buy a cog with the #of teeth you are looking for.

    or

    if you have a wheel from w/a multispeed freehub, u can use something like this:
    http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/167...ersion-Kit.htm
    or any cog + homemade/retail spacers.

    for your crank, if u dont use a bashguard, u will need shorter chainring bolts to use just your middle chainring
    Sette Reken "Hopper" SS

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    My SS is just a geared frame converted. My first SS was the same. I did the following:

    bought a cassette style SS ring/spacer kit (DMR do them)
    ground down my outer ring as a bash guard
    bought a cheap road derailleur as a tensioner. (adjust limits to sit under the cog)
    shorten chain so the RD is at full stretch.

    as you get into it you can move onto specific SS cogs etc, which are less likely to drop the chain, but you need to find out if you enjoy it first.
    Rimmer - "There's an old human saying - if you talk garbage, expect pain"

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexRandall
    My SS is just a geared frame converted. My first SS was the same. I did the following:

    bought a cassette style SS ring/spacer kit (DMR do them)
    ground down my outer ring as a bash guard
    bought a cheap road derailleur as a tensioner. (adjust limits to sit under the cog)
    shorten chain so the RD is at full stretch.

    as you get into it you can move onto specific SS cogs etc, which are less likely to drop the chain, but you need to find out if you enjoy it first.
    look for used stuff too.

    i got:

    like new surly singulator $25
    like new Salsa 32t SS alum ring and guard: $25
    truvativ stylo crank arms and bb: $30
    Avid Speed Dial 7 brake levers (i had those combo shifters/brakes): $7

    im using my cassette 18t cog and havent had any issuse dropping the chain.
    Sette Reken "Hopper" SS

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