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    Full Suspension SS's

    I have been riding a Kona "A" F/S SS frame for almost a year and have enjoyed it It's a bit heavy at 26+ lbs but I have not tried very hard to drop the extra fat so far....... I am curious to see how many other SS have been experimenting with F/S on their SS rigs. I'm looking into building up another full susser bike and am considering a few Giant models, a Turner and maybe an Ellsworth. Feedback please
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    I might experiment with turning my 97 Klein Mantra Pro into a SS once I get a new FS rig. I'll be sure to post some pics if/when the time comes. Should be really fun if I get it done. Seems the perfect FS rig for a SS though, URT design is meant to lockout when out of the saddle mashing, and no worries about chain growth of course. I'll probably try a tensioner for the first pass to see if it's worth investing in a EBB or something more high tech and clean looking.

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    I just finished building it up last week, and took it for the first ride Sunday. It rides well, and is excellent as a single speed. It came in at a very respectable 22.8 pounds.

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    I know someone that has been riding a pivot 429 converted with a tensioner... unfortunately no pics.

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    Picture was taken in 2005, and it's still pretty much the same today. Old Sweet-Spot URT frames are good candidates for FS SS.

    For a current frame, the Haro Sonix is a pretty good candidate.

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    I've set up my Giant Anthem as a SS using a Yess ETR/D tensioner. It works great.

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    Fs Ss

    My Ibis Szazbo set up as a singlespeed with Cane Creek Cloud 9 shock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lakerfan
    My Ibis Szazbo set up as a singlespeed with Cane Creek Cloud 9 shock.
    wow. that one really grabs me.


    are you guys using a magic gear, eno, filed drops...how are you tensioning the chain? i dream of SS'n a rocky pipeline
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    Thinking of doing it too...

    Don't want to steal this thread, but I've been exclusively riding my Ti SS hardtail since mid-August last year. Sitting at 20lbs, mostly a XC semi-race bike with light wheels and a SID World Cup fork. The thing is now my Giant Trance is sitting in my basement and not being used. So I'm now thinking of going SS with that frame. I already have a fairly light wheelset (Hugi 240's with 317 rims) and a very smooth RS Revelation fork up front. I understand this is not "the best candidate" type of frame to go SS but I'm sure it can be made to work, except I'm not sure which way is best to handle chain slack. Also, on a trail bike, what gearing should I use? On my hardtail, I can ride pretty much everything we have here in the East with 32X18. Since this will definitively be a heavier bike, should I start with 32X20?

    Thanks for your input (I hope!) everyone.

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    i raced/rode a Titus Racer-X SS for an entire season.....fun bike....

    got her down to 21.5#'s for the shorter XC races (running Furious Fred's).....
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    Quote Originally Posted by elrancho66
    I have been riding a Kona "A" F/S SS frame for almost a year and have enjoyed it :
    I've been looking for a Kona A frame for a while. Any leads on a 20" frame?

    Rocking a steel hardtail SS and a ti rigid SS currently.

    JMJ

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    when u guys stand and really crank it hard, doesnt the rear susp. eat up a lot of the force u put down? I'm on a HT SS now partially because of this...lmk thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Light
    when u guys stand and really crank it hard, doesnt the rear susp. eat up a lot of the force u put down? I'm on a HT SS now partially because of this...lmk thanks
    It's only 3.5" of travel on my Anthem so it doesn't bob too much. I'm happy to have a little bob for the added comfort and traction the FS provides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New Light
    when u guys stand and really crank it hard, doesnt the rear susp. eat up a lot of the force u put down? I'm on a HT SS now partially because of this...lmk thanks
    The Sweeetspot is just about perfect for SS use since not only do not need a spring tensioner, but the suspension gets about 4 times stiffer when you stand, so there's almost no bob when grinding up a hill.

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    My first FS single-speed....









    Lots of fun




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    The Haro Virtual Link bikes can also be SS'ed, The swingarm pivots concentric to the BB, so there's no chaingrowth ever to worry about. The Xeon models share the VL design so you could have a 6" travel FS SS if you so choose. I have a Catamount as my FS SS currently.

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    My Anthem with Yess ETR/D tensioner and 130mm Manitou Minutes.




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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    My Anthem with Yess ETR/D tensioner and 130mm Manitou Minutes.



    lol. that bike confuses me AM tyres..130mm fork...ss...XC race frame?

    if a bike is suitable for ss though- it has to be said that the maestro setup is perfect.

    I bet it's a heap of fun to ride!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ilostmypassword
    lol. that bike confuses me AM tyres..130mm fork...ss...XC race frame?

    if a bike is suitable for ss though- it has to be said that the maestro setup is perfect.

    I bet it's a heap of fun to ride!
    The 130mm fork makes it much more comfortable with a more upright position. Steering feels more natural now and obviously much less racy than with the 100mm rebas that were on there. I'm a little bit worried about how the head tube is going to hold up but i don't do anything tricky on this bike so it should be okay.

    The tyres definitely aren't AM tyres. The 2.2" Mountain Kings are tiny both in width and sidewall height.

    It's definitely a fun bike to ride.

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    We built this up recently with a bunch of bits. Rides really well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soupboy
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    with slicks?

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    full suspension hybrid for speed bumps.

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    something about ss and fs makes my eyes go funny, not a good funny either.

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