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    Best chain tensioner for a full suspension singlespeed?

    The three options I'm considering are:

    Yess ETR/D
    http://labs.yesspro.com/products/etr-d
    Specifically developed for fully use

    Paul Melvin
    http://www.paulcomp.com/melvin.html
    Intended for multi ring+single cog setups, but I know it works for this

    short cage derailleur
    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...erailleur.aspx
    Self explanatory

    The bike in question has a fairly active 110mm of suspension, and is essentially a single pivot. (Trek/Fisher Rumblefish) I'm open to any and all input as I've never even seen an FS-SS, let alone ridden one. Here we go.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    Just to throw another option into the mix, I use a shimano alfine tensioner on my giant trance. Cheap and it works. Haven't derailed a chain on the rock and root trails of western north carolina (no front chain guide). Cage has clearance for a 3/32 bmx chain.

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...Tensioner.aspx

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    I run my Giant Anthem as a singlespeed using the Yess ETR-D. It is a very well designed and made piece of gear.




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    Ive used the Paul on a Specialized Epic and it worked fine. Seemed to make wheel changes a bit difficult though. Kept the chain very quiet.

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    bb mount spring-loaded.
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    Thanks for the info.

    I looked at the Alfine but wasn't sure how well it would work. I may start with that since its so inexpensive and then change to one of the others if it doesn't work out.

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    bb mount spring-loaded.
    BB mounted is out due to the frame I plan to use. (press-fit)
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    I used a Paul Melvin with good success on a Canzo 29er

    It works best with the lower arm at a minimum vertical or better yet slightly forward

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    The melvin is a great device and really well made but has limited chainline adjustability and is limited to nothing bigger than a 19 tooth cog. Worked great for me until I switched to a 20t cog.

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    Huh... Paul claims 20t max. Thanks for the heads up on that. I run 32-20 and may have to go even bigger with the weight gain/efficiency loss associated with full suspension.
    Worked at Trek/Fisher dealer 2008-2013. Only a little biased.

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    The ETR-D for sure. Ran one for 2 years and no problems. Although, like SMT 42 said, it is a pain to take off the rear wheel.

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    Solid

    Hey will these tensioners work good on a solid frame bike? Or is that overkill. I am having a hard time finding a good tensioner for a front sups. only mtb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironbinder
    Hey will these tensioners work good on a solid frame bike? Or is that overkill. I am having a hard time finding a good tensioner for a front sups. only mtb.
    For that, I'd recommend a rennen rollenlager. It worked great on the HT frame I ran as a SS.
    "I ride to clear my head, my head is clearer when I'm riding SS. Therefore, I choose to ride SS."~ Fullrange Drew

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    I'm looking at the ETR-B or the Melvin since my FC EBB has been lost in the mail system and I don't want to wait another two weeks to ride my SS.

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    I Rollenlager too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ironbinder
    I decided from the recommendations here and my search for other forums on SS tensioners, and it seems the Rennen Rollenlager is the most favored. So I got the Rollenlager.
    I was almost going to get a soulcraft, and they look good, but the Rollenlager looks way more solid with the 2 point anchoring system. The Soulcraft looks cooler but it only bolts into the derailleur hanger, and it is more expensive.

    Is the rollenlager compatible with Full Susspension bikes? I would imagine you would want to have a tensioner with a spring, unless your bike's chain tension does not change throughout the travel of the rear triangle.

    Ordered my Yess ERT-D... should be here soon.

    Cheers,
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    Etr-v Ftw!!
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    bump for this. I converted my 03 enduro expert into a single speed, but the origin 8 tensioner I have on there is a bit scary sounding, and im nervous about taking it up a hard climb.



    wondering on updates on what y'all think is best. a chain skip sucks balls when you're climbing up a steep hill, clipped in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SPDBING View Post
    Go with a Yess tensioner and you won't have to look back. Not the cheapest by any means but you get what you pay for.
    Plus they have excellent service!
    how is it weight wise?
    have fun

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    Quote Originally Posted by diabolicaldan View Post
    Is the rollenlager compatible with Full Susspension bikes? I would imagine you would want to have a tensioner with a spring, unless your bike's chain tension does not change throughout the travel of the rear triangle.

    Ordered my Yess ERT-D... should be here soon.

    Cheers,
    Dan

    I have never had a full suspension bike. I think it would. As long as the length of the chainstay stays the same and there is no play there is should work, I put a review of the Rollenlager on YouTube.
    Google 'Rollenlager review on youtube'
    Here is the link
    A Rollenlager Review - YouTube
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    Check out the review link I posted below. It did a review on YouTube.
    It is built bomber.
    I have had no problems since I installed it. I have a rigid frame tail bike.
    Keep the wheels rolling

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