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    New question here. "Free single speeding?"

    I hate to generalize, but the majority of cats I have come across on single speed mountain bikes fall into one of two categories. There are the more XC-oriented types with light weight rigs to be found on fast however not super technical rides. Then there are the dirt jumper characters with heavy overbuilt tanks to be found, well, jumping and on more crazy urban pursuits. I really do not feel like I am aligned to either group as my single speed is not very light comparatively however I am not dj type either. I am a big, but short creep at 235 lbs, a human fireplug. I like to do trail rides that are peppered with nasty terrain, scary downhills, and moderate sized drop offs.

    I was curious as to whether anyone else runs a longer travel front fork (5") in this kinda environment and if they run a lower gear ratio to make up for the extra weight? This thought came to me a week ago after I rebuilt my Spot which I had not rode in over a year (long sad story). I built it with an old Kona DJ rigid fork a friend gave me. I took it and my other ride a Surly Instigator (Z1, heavy everything, 39 lbs) out to a local romp. The Spot was super fast; the fastest climbing I have done in a long while. The Surly in the end was more fun as I could hit the drops and other silliness I so cherish that I would had the crap beat outta me with the rigid Spot. My longterm goal with the Spot is to have it outfitted with disc brakes when sheckle flow will permit. I was looking at putting a used 'Zoke of some type that will take a beating. There a lot of choices out there and my front runners are either a '01/02 Z1 standard QR, or DJ 2 or 3 cause they are stiff as hell. Whatcha think?

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    Dude, do what you want.

    Hey,
    The fact that you have moved beyond the senseless masses and purchased a full rigid singlespeed shows that you are capable of making your own mind up. Only you know what you want your bike to do so don't worry if no one else rides the same sort of bike.
    That said here is a picture of my (insert riding classification here) singlespeed with a 5" fork.
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    Well, it was a good try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HELLBELLY
    [SIZE=3][FONT=Arial]I hate to generalize, but the majority of cats I have come across on single speed mountain bikes fall into one of two categories. There are the more XC-oriented types with light weight rigs to be found on fast however not super technical rides. Then there are the dirt jumper characters with heavy overbuilt tanks to be found, well, jumping and on more crazy urban pursuits. I really do not feel like I am aligned to either group as my single speed is not very light comparatively however I am not dj type either.
    The assumptions you make about others based on the bikes that they ride, they make about you in turn--you ride an Instigator!! You can't get much more heavy overbuilt tanks to be found, well, jumping and on more crazy urban pursuits, can you?

    Here's mine. And I agree with the above: ride what you want, and quit your worry-induced whining!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Humongous
    Hey,
    The fact that you have moved beyond the senseless masses and purchased a full rigid singlespeed shows that you are capable of making your own mind up. Only you know what you want your bike to do so don't worry if no one else rides the same sort of bike.
    Yeah, the masses are asses as I like to say. Actually I have rode singlespeeds since '99. I built my Spot back up rigid 'cause I did not have another fork. My pal floated me the fork, but I realize that I just cannot go backwards. So how is that DJ 3? I know it is real basic as 'Zokes go but I just want something that won't bounce around too much as well as take the occassional smack. Plus, those can be had pretty inexpensively.

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    my chameleon should be finished by Saturday...

    complete with rhyno lites, 28" dh bar, and 5" spork. i can't wait!!! pics to come.

    -it didn't sound to be like this guy was whining. the internet kinda sucks because many people can't write well enough to convey their true meanings and intentions. tone is lost in the 12-point typeface, and misunderstandings are escalated.

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    Build and ride what you want to ride. My Matt Chester moves from XC racer to rigid FR with just a few changes. Below is it with 3.0"/2.5" DH tires, short seat post and lower gearing in an Indoor FR Tournament.
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    I'm going to get a 1 x 1 fork for mine to push the head angle into the mid-seventies and really teach me to descend! I let you know how it works out.

    Quote Originally Posted by eSSq
    complete with rhyno lites, 28" dh bar, and 5" spork. i can't wait!!! pics to come.

    -it didn't sound to be like this guy was whining. the internet kinda sucks because many people can't write well enough to convey their true meanings and intentions. tone is lost in the 12-point typeface, and misunderstandings are escalated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HELLBELLY
    I hate to generalize, but the majority of cats I have come across on single speed mountain bikes fall into one of two categories. There are the more XC-oriented types with light weight rigs to be found on fast however not super technical rides. Then there are the dirt jumper characters with heavy overbuilt tanks to be found, well, jumping and on more crazy urban pursuits. I really do not feel like I am aligned to either group as my single speed is not very light comparatively however I am not dj type either. I am a big, but short creep at 235 lbs, a human fireplug. I like to do trail rides that are peppered with nasty terrain, scary downhills, and moderate sized drop offs.

    I was curious as to whether anyone else runs a longer travel front fork (5") in this kinda environment and if they run a lower gear ratio to make up for the extra weight? This thought came to me a week ago after I rebuilt my Spot which I had not rode in over a year (long sad story). I built it with an old Kona DJ rigid fork a friend gave me. I took it and my other ride a Surly Instigator (Z1, heavy everything, 39 lbs) out to a local romp. The Spot was super fast; the fastest climbing I have done in a long while. The Surly in the end was more fun as I could hit the drops and other silliness I so cherish that I would had the crap beat outta me with the rigid Spot. My longterm goal with the Spot is to have it outfitted with disc brakes when sheckle flow will permit. I was looking at putting a used 'Zoke of some type that will take a beating. There a lot of choices out there and my front runners are either a '01/02 Z1 standard QR, or DJ 2 or 3 cause they are stiff as hell. Whatcha think?
    I run a 105 mm Bomber and 32-17 on my SS to get up and down with more grace and ease on the same terrain where many ride dualies or have dirt jumper type bikes. I also have a rigid fork, 36t, 16t and 18t and set it up to be ideal for the way I'm riding it.

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