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    Cautiously optimistic

    After looking at other people’s builds for about a year, I finally built a singlespeed for myself. Many of the parts I used to build it are take-offs from my Ibis Mojo.

    I wasn't convinced that I'd even like single speeding, so I bought the least expensive 26 inch wheeled frame I could find that was SS specific. I figured for $175 for a new frame, I couldn’t go wrong...

    Even though I weighed each part individually on an Ultimate digital scale, the total weight of the complete bike is actually 235 grams heavier than my numbers suggest. The actual weight is 24.71 lbs. I have to find where I lost (actually gained) half a pound!

    I think my bike came out nice I'm looking forward to taking it out on some singletrack…. Let me know what you think, good, bad or otherwise…

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    Pretty freakin' nice.

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    I always love how clean ss looks. Anyway that's a real nice looking build and you or undoubtedly going to love riding ss.
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    Author James Donahue supposed that the human soul weighs 21 grams.
    Allegedly at the moment of death, a human body mysteriously loses 21 grams of weight.

    This may provide a little insight into your bikes strange and unexplainable 1/2 pound.

    I do hope that it is a positive and protective spirit that has inhabited your new ride and not some malevolent imp.....................well, that or you didn't factor in brake cables maybe

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    I was riding with a buddy with one of those yesterday, but he's got a rigid fork. He loves it.

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    Looks sinister and badass! Right lever actuates front brake?

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    Looks like levers r backwards on both bikes
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaskaranddriver
    Right lever actuates front brake?

    Dang,

    Good eyes

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    Nice ride and good choice on the colors

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    That's a mighty fine looking frame for $175
    read KNOBBY MEATS or be sadly ignorant of the mediocrity that is allowed to exist in the interwebs

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    99% of bikes in Australia have the brakes set up that way.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    If you find the SS to be a little to wishy-washy up front, don't be afraid to try a rigid fork. For me, that makes SS go from "fun" to "Yahoo!". Nice looking bike!
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    Nicely done.

    Lots of people run their brakes "moto" style. It's a popular set-up for some cyclocrossers too. I run my brakes that way too.
    Authorities speculate that speed may have been a factor. They are also holding gravity and inertia for questioning.

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    Cool my buddy was talkin about running his brakes that way
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    Awesome build! Looks great and you're definitly gonna love single speed riding that bike.

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    tell us what the ride is like when you take it offroad
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    Quote Originally Posted by scyule
    Author James Donahue supposed that the human soul weighs 21 grams.
    Allegedly at the moment of death, a human body mysteriously loses 21 grams of weight.

    This may provide a little insight into your bikes strange and unexplainable 1/2 pound.

    I do hope that it is a positive and protective spirit that has inhabited your new ride and not some malevolent imp.....................well, that or you didn't factor in brake cables maybe
    Awesome! I think you may be on to something......

    I weighed the brakes complete, hoses and all. It doesn't matter....at 25 pounds it's hardly breaking any records for lightness. Thanks for the philosophy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricot83
    Looks like levers r backwards on both bikes

    Correct! I prefer having my brakes "moto" style. Even my road bike is set up that way. It comes from years of riding motorcycles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    tell us what the ride is like when you take it offroad
    For sure! Tomorrow is the maiden voyage. It was supposed to be today but it didn't happen
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    @ Sparticus, ricot83, zaskaranddriver, xls, the munts, PutAwayWet, Caffeine Powered, mtb+me and anyone I left out...

    Thanks for the compliments.

    MUCH appreciated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnV
    Correct! I prefer having my brakes "moto" style. Even my road bike is set up that way. It comes from years of riding motorcycles.
    Likewise. What do you ride with an engine? Personally I've got an '06 Triumph Sprint ST (street) and a '96 Honda XR400 (off-road). It's all good.

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    First ride impressions

    I'll keep this short...

    It was great!

    Of course it is harder to climb, I had to stop 4 times on a trail that I never stop on. BUT I can tell that if I ride it on the SS a couple of more times I will easily be able to do it.

    I have to admit that I was nervous approaching some the obstacles on the trail. Not surprisingly I didn't clean the first one because I was thinking I couldn't. As I keep going I just told myself to keep pushing and I cleaned the next two.

    I've been riding this same trail for a decade on a few different bikes, but it's never been more challenging than on my SS.

    There were other things about the bike that I had to adjust to besides having no gears. I've never had a hardtail, only full rigid or full suspension. I had too much air in the rear tire so the bike bucked in the rear and slipped sometimes on the climbs so I bled some air and fixed that.

    The Manitou fork is new and was a little stiff with the recommended air pressure. I've read that other R7 owners run less air pressure so I'll do the same.

    I still cant imagine that my Mojo will now start collecting dust, however the next time I go mountain bike riding I'm taking the Motobecane. I have to see if all my adjustments make a difference for the better...oh yeah, and I have some sections to clean....
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    That looks like a blast. Going to be fun on the fast flowing downhills with those tyres too.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Really looks nice
    SS Rigid =
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricot83
    Really looks nice
    Thanks ricot83, and you're right....I love riding SS!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnV
    Thanks ricot83, and you're right....I love riding SS!
    Told u so I bought my 29er ss with full intensions of putting gears on it, even had all the parts. Let's just say most the parts ended up on eBay.
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    New question here. Where to buy the frame?

    I've looked around and can't find the outcast 26'er anywhere. Where did you locate that frame?
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by AkDave
    I've looked around and can't find the outcast 26'er anywhere. Where did you locate that frame?
    Thanks,
    Dave
    gotta search harder bud... http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1263
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    Yes, Bikeisland is the only place you can buy it. Motobecane (aka Bikes Direct) doesn't even show the 26 on the Motobecane website.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnV
    Let me know what you think, good, bad or otherwise…
    Looks good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob
    99% of bikes in <strike>Australia</strike> the world have the brakes set up that way.
    N. America seems to be the only ones who don't ride moto
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    true because we really are backwards in america..... why dont we use metric system here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by finger51
    N. America seems to be the only ones who don't ride moto
    Not all of us are backwards. All my bikes are moto, and have been for years. It just works better.
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    My Fly Ti 29er came set up moto style and I didn't notice until after my first ride. All of my bikes have been set up right lever = rear brake since I started mountain biking in the early '90s.

    My first ride out with the incredibly powerful Avid Elixrs, I found myself locking up my front wheel (thinking I was pulling the rear brake). I endoed on a small drop that I ride weekly with my eyes closed, crashed into some rocks and broke my left wrist and a right rib.

    Having your stronger hand (I'm right handed) controlling the front brake is counter intuitive to me. Once I switched the brakes back around to the proper way, I feel much more in control.

    It's all what is comfortable to you, or what you are used to, but for me moto style is dangerous as hell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricot83
    Told u so I bought my 29er ss with full intensions of putting gears on it, even had all the parts. Let's just say most the parts ended up on eBay.
    Same here. I bought the extra slider that is set up for a derailleur for my Misfit and here a year and a half later its still sitting around with all the parts to go gears on my single speed hub. I still have the parts but my geared bike is long gone.
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