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    Fixing the Surly Singleator - making it unsprung

    Has anyone converted the Surly Singleator from a sprung tensioner to a fixed one? I have heard urban rumors of people doing this but have not seen any evidence. Looking to do this for my new ride.
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    do you already have a Singleator? if not, don't waste your time. just buy a DMR sts.

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    I appreciate your enthusiasm for the DMR but this doesn't answer my question.

    Does anyone have experience "fixing" the Singleator?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vuduvgn View Post
    I appreciate your enthusiasm for the DMR but this doesn't answer my question.

    Does anyone have experience "fixing" the Singleator?

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    I believe there is a way to remove the internal spring and make it so the lever arm does not pivot on the bolt that threads into the dropout. That's the info I am looking for.
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    Should be simple enough to determine how to pull it apart just by looking at it. Have you tried that?
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevob View Post
    Should be simple enough to determine how to pull it apart just by looking at it. Have you tried that?
    Slow down there, buck-o. He wants us to solve this for him.

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    Shiiit, I didn't quite get that part
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    I've pulled it apart, no problem. I'm headed to my local hardware store tomorrow with bins and bins of things to see what they may have that will work. In the meantime I wanted to poll the MTBR collective brain to see if someone had already done this instead of me reinventing the wheel.

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    I've popped the spring out and used a zip tie, same as pictured above. Bring spare zip ties on the trail, problem solved!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vuduvgn View Post
    Those of you that have offered thoughtful assistance, thank you.
    Hey dude, no problem!

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    Zip tie is fine until you want to take the wheel off for any reason. That is why I recommended the dmr product as an alternative that will not come loose under riding pressure. Since the Singleator has one pivot, you will have to crank it down TIGHT to keep it from moving. The STS has a pivot and a second bolt to hold it in place.

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    Hi mack_turtle. I used a STS type tensioner on my last singlespeed and it worked great. However, the new bike has a 12x142 rear axle and as far as I can tell the STS won't mount to it.

    I agree about the zip tie approach. Additionally it's not very elegant. I like the simple design of the Singleator. I used it on a bike for a while and didn't like the springy bounciness of it. That's why I want to make it fixed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mdilthey View Post
    This is what I did when I had one

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    Quote Originally Posted by vuduvgn View Post
    Hi mack_turtle. I used a STS type tensioner on my last singlespeed and it worked great. However, the new bike has a 12x142 rear axle and as far as I can tell the STS won't mount to it.

    I agree about the zip tie approach. Additionally it's not very elegant. I like the simple design of the Singleator. I used it on a bike for a while and didn't like the springy bounciness of it. That's why I want to make it fixed.
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