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    first ride on new singlespeed

    I spent the last month building up a singlespeed from the Zion EBB frame on jenson.
    I've been itching to build a singlespeed for some time but i've been to busy with other things and I didn't want to convert my stumpjumper into a SS.
    I finally decided to just bite the bullet and do it.
    you can see pics of the build here.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tsj9197...611238/detail/
    I took it out last night to give it a try on some local trails.
    little different at first and I even found myself reaching for the shifters a couple times on some climbs.
    but soon realized that if i wanted to climb i'd just have to put the power down.
    overall the 32/18 gears seem to be about right.
    the trails were a little sloppy but riding it for the first time was a blast.
    I can't wait to take it out on the trail again.
    I don't know if my stumpjumper will get much use anymore.

    Todd

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    sweet ride esp at 23lbs...
    mind if i ask what the build cost was?

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    actually its closer to 24 pounds.
    I had forgot to add in the pedals in my final weight.
    and i don't have a scale to weigh the whole thing.

    cost was right around $1200.
    I tried to get parts that were the best compromise between weight and cost.

    Todd

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    I'm kind of taking the opposite route.


    I converted my old Stumpjumper 26" race bike to SS and have been drooling over a Zion to build. If I get a Zion it will be a 737ebb though.

    Anyway last night was my first time out as well and first time riding off road on a SS. Whoa, it was way more fun than I was expecting. I'm sore in places that I'm used to being sore after hard criterium races (road). I was not expecting this. SS's seem to really make you ride the terrain more rather than shifting through things and riding a pace. All in all I'm hooked and can't wait to do more SS'ing.

    My wallet is not happy about this discovery though.

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