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    first single speed

    hey guys
    i want to build my first single speed but i am not sure what parts to use to do it. i know theres a bunch of different tensionors (sp) but i dont know which one is the right one. also im not sure what gear ratio to go with. i just want something that is going to be easy to ride on the street as well as the trails. o yeah the frame i am using is a haro escape 8.1 so it has vertical dropouts. thanks for any help Brandon

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    You should just use your old derailleur for a tensioner. It works better than a SS tensioner anyway, I've used both.

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    well my old derailer is on a different bike right now. i was looking on unreal cycles website and then have a dmr tensoiner there for 30 http://www.unrealcycles.com/item.php?view=191 and the gusset single speed kit for 22 http://www.unrealcycles.com/item.php?view=122. has anyone had any experiance with them

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    Check out the FAQ link on the right side of the page ----->

    Tons of good information there.

    It could be any derailer if you have one. It doesn't matter what speed.

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    ok thanks

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    I haven't tried a derailleur.
    I started with a Soulcraft Convert. Beat the snot out of the old Single-ator.
    Now am using an ENO Eccentric.
    Smooth miles to you, Watto.
    raise the prayer flags of the temple of one gear.

    slowvelo

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    ... and if we just ...

    Here is my take on the Gusset SS conversion:

    The product performs well. However, installation was not a smooth as expected. Also, I contacted Gusset Bikes regarding the lockring issue - and yes, they are aware of it - but only willing to say use a different lockring, duh.


    Product Used For: 3 Month
    Product Strengths:

    The steel cog is nice and strong. Installation was somewhat easy, It only takes a few minutes and some tinkering (c-weakness section).
    Product Weaknesses:

    The delivered lockring appears to be too deep for the Mavic cassette hub body. Upon tightening the lockring to spec, the cassette hub body was Locked up. So, I removed the delivered lockring and replaced with an XTR lockring from a 12-34t cassette. This modification works fine, no more locked hub body. Also, the spacers inside diameter is a bit small and may not fit all cassette hub bodies (Hugi on Rolf wheels). The fit issue was solved with a bit of grease and a good whack. Also, the narrow cog can damage the freehub if used for an extended period of time.

    My Bike:

    I am using this system on a Moots ybb with a Surly Singleator (pushing up) in combination with a Surly 34t steel sprocket and a Sram 58 chain.

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