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    Converting my Paragon to singlespeed?

    I'm bored with my '09 Paragon and I miss singlespeed riding (my Monocog is now in semi-permanent fixed gear mode and I'm too lazy to keep swapping it between fixed and SS). Plus I've been wanting to build a light hardtail singlespeed, so I came up with the bright idea to convert my Paragon to singlespeed.

    I know the basics of what needs to be done...but I need to explore my tension options. ENO hub is out of the question (cost). I have my eye on the YESS tensioner that attaches to the BB and the Surly tensioner. Are there any other ones out there or any other options I should consider? Looking for a clean looking, bullet proof install.

    Chainring is the other unknown factor. The bike presently has a three ring setup on Shimano M542 cranks. Due to cost I want to retain the cranks. Anyone know what size I need (i.e. is it a 102 or 104 or...)? I've searched around and can't seem to find any reputable info.
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    The Rennen Rollenlager is a great option...price is right too.

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    I have a 2009 Rig right now and love it!

    Funny thing is that I'm doing the opposite of you....

    I love my '09 Rig so much that I just ordered a 2010 Rig (same exact size) to convert to 1 x 9..... I figure I can always go back to SS easier (and cleaner) than going SS with a geared bike....

    Good luck with the conversion.... Sweet bike you have!!!

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    "Chainring is the other unknown factor. The bike presently has a three ring setup on Shimano M542 cranks. Due to cost I want to retain the cranks. Anyone know what size I need (i.e. is it a 102 or 104 or...)? I've searched around and can't seem to find any reputable info."

    It's a 44/32/22 chain ring configuration, 104/64mm bcd.

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    Thanks for the info everyone.

    I'm digging that Rennen tensioner. Only thing that turns me off is there is not a whole lot of adjustment to fine tune the roller with the chainline. It does seem most fixed tensioners are like that though.
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    For clean lines and simplicity I'm very happy with my setup.



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