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    Extra Small Single Speed Frame recs

    I have a friend who wants to get into single speeding. Her concern is her height and as such my guess is that she may need custom.

    I think her inseam is about 27". Do you have any words of wisdom (and/or pictures) regarding a recommended builder for the frame? Also, might there be an issue running a suspension fork with such steep angles?

    I recommended she contact Walt and gave her many other builders she could check with but figured I would post here as well.

    Thanks

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    Wade at Vulture Cycles has built many frames for small riders. Highly recommended.
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    thanks for that! will forward info on.

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    Surly....

    Quote Originally Posted by your_mom_does
    I have a friend who wants to get into single speeding. Her concern is her height and as such my guess is that she may need custom.

    I think her inseam is about 27". Do you have any words of wisdom (and/or pictures) regarding a recommended builder for the frame? Also, might there be an issue running a suspension fork with such steep angles?

    I recommended she contact Walt and gave her many other builders she could check with but figured I would post here as well.

    Thanks

    Surly has really small frames.

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    Stp?

    I ride a 14" Giant STP, SS of course. I notice this year they offer a SS version right out of the box. It is very small and addaptable.

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    Kona Explosif

    The Kona Explosif ($399 from www.bikeman.com) comes in a 14" size (just ordered one for SSue, so shhhhhh don't tell her) that uses the same sliding rear dropouts as their SS Unit. disc/v-brake capable. Tho made for an 80mm fork we have found they work better with longer forks 100-130mm. If you need smaller than that most frame builders have good results. Just saw a VERY small Vulture at Barbie Camp and ieeeeee said she loved it.

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    little Vulture

    Quote Originally Posted by red-haze.com
    The Kona Explosif ($399 from www.bikeman.com) comes in a 14" size (just ordered one for SSue, so shhhhhh don't tell her) that uses the same sliding rear dropouts as their SS Unit. disc/v-brake capable. Tho made for an 80mm fork we have found they work better with longer forks 100-130mm. If you need smaller than that most frame builders have good results. Just saw a VERY small Vulture at Barbie Camp and ieeeeee said she loved it.

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    Yup. Indeed. Love it.

    Delivered in June and so far it's the only bike I want to ride (the others collect dust -- I didn't intend for that, but that's how it is).

    I'm 5'2" & ~105 lbs and there are NOT a lot of off-the-shelf options on this end of the spectrum -- my other mtbs include an older Voodoo Wanga and a Titus Racer-X (XS, which is not the smallest they make). Last year the Voodoo lost some extraneous parts, and with the help of an experienced interventionist, morphed into a ss and showed me the light. Trouble was it is a tad too big for me AND doesn't have disc tabs.

    ENTER... Wade & Derrick of Vulture Cycles.

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    6 wks later a new little Vulture frame arrived at my doorstep. Happy happy!

    Had a happy time building it up and now even more fun riding -- it handles REALLY well and is a blast -- most importantly, it turns out that riding a bike that fits offers a WHOLE new level of fun & satisfaction.

    Custom frame, custom paint... here're a couple pics -- maybe they've been posted before, but what the heck I always say.

    ~ieeee!

    ps -- as for Sue's secret new bike...way to go! Do you have a brother?
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    Wow, that is one of the nicest looking custom painted frames I have ever seen. How much did that set you back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by your_mom_does
    I have a friend who wants to get into single speeding. Her concern is her height and as such my guess is that she may need custom.

    I think her inseam is about 27". Do you have any words of wisdom (and/or pictures) regarding a recommended builder for the frame? Also, might there be an issue running a suspension fork with such steep angles?

    I recommended she contact Walt and gave her many other builders she could check with but figured I would post here as well.

    Thanks
    another, somwhat less bling option is a 24" bmx frame- some of the aluminum frames are quite light, and can be built up into excellent ss'rs-
    finding a good suspension fork is tricky, though.

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