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    How I Ended Up With A SS

    Hi All,

    I am new here even though I joined some time ago.

    I have a Dean Ti Colonel which is a gearie for off road use. I also have a 1993 Kona Explosif frame which I recently decided to build up for road use with slicks.

    I sent the frame for lacquering as the powder coated finish was rather matt. Guess what? I forgot to plug all the thread holes and I only realised it after the bolt of my rear dee snapped during installation leaving the broken part inside the hanger hole! So "that was why I broke into a sweat when tightening the bolt!"

    As they say, the rest is history! I am now running a 32T front and 15T rear which makes for a perfect chain tension without any need for any tensioner. The pic below was with a 16 T rear cog and there was some slack but not enough for chain skip on uphills.

    I really enjoy riding my SS [and even more so than my Dean! Shhhhh!]

    My V brakes are XTR M960s and my levers are M952s. I will be looking to swap those heavy Alex 18 rims and cheapo Shimano hubs with my Mavic 217s and XTR M952 hubs from my Dean.

    My crankarm and chainring are Truvativ FireX which are rather light but needless to say, I will be looking for some M960s.

    Thanks much for reading this far.

    PS - I cut the old skool Kona decals by hand before sending the frame for lacquer.
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    Nice and clean looking but the chain looks slack with that 16T, surely there is more slack with a 15T?

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    nice. Put some knobbies on that rig and get off road! A ghost ring should tension the chain nicely.
    http://www.mtbr.com/ssfaqcrx.aspx#ss...nsChainTension
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    Nice! Looks like my Kona Unit!

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    If you're going to switch hubs, might as well get an ENo for the rear. Looks a bit too slack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob
    Nice and clean looking but the chain looks slack with that 16T, surely there is more slack with a 15T?
    not if he takes a link out of the chain, which he might not be able to do with the 16T on. From the looks of it, a 15T cog would constitute a shorter chain. That's my guess anyways...
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    Yes I did remove a link when I fitted the 15T cog.

    Sorry I didn't realise I had posted one of the pictures twice. Here are some additional pics and two showing how the chain tension currently is.
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    Way cool...and kinda wierd! I have a Dean Colonel as a gearie...and a Kona Kilauea (1996 vintage) as one of my ss's. Full rigid, and gearing is a 42 x 18. I'll be taking it out muddin' tomorrow on the multiuse trails (no tearing up the precious singletrack for me.)
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    Kinda coincidence isn't it? That's one hot off-road SS Kona u have there.
    NICE!!!!

    What crank arms are those?
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    Grafton. Anybody remember those? ANODIZED blue.

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    42-18? Arent there any hills where you ride? 60.6 gear inches is super tall, you must have legs like tree trunks.

    Nice speedy ride you got there though
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    I live in the Chicago suburbs...not much in the way of sustained climbs around here! Lots of short, sharp hills...keeps you on your toes as far as momentum is concerned for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sommerfliesby
    I live in the Chicago suburbs...not much in the way of sustained climbs around here! Lots of short, sharp hills...keeps you on your toes as far as momentum is concerned for sure.
    Where in Chicago?
    My 1st taste of SS was on the Des Plaines River Trail and Deer Grove.

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    Frankfort...southwest burbs. I've ridden Palos since I was 14...21 years ago! Been singlespeeding out there for about 10 years.

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    I read the title of this thread as "How I ended up with ass" my bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by sommerfliesby
    Grafton. Anybody remember those? ANODIZED blue.
    Wow- I can't believe they're still holding up. I had a set back when they were popular, and it seemed like everyone was cracking them.
    Formerly og-mtb.

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