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    My First Singlespeed

    Few months ago I posted asking for input on my search for my first SS, well I am happy to report that after some searching I just swooped this sweet ride in prime condition for $400 off of craigslist, all stock except it is geared 32/17.

    Here's a link to the original Spec info - Specialized Bicycle Components : Rockhopper Expert Disc 29 Single-Speed

    I want to upgrade the brakes, new seat/seatpost, maybe different bars and eventually a new wheelset but for the time being I am very pleased with this ride.

    Had a blast every ride I've taken it on so far, really diggin the SS experience .
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    Awesome bike! I have the brakes and fork on my Hardrock 29. I am a pretty big guy and have had no problems with the brakes. I feel like upgrading the seat/post and bars/stem would be a good call though.

    I say ride the crap out of it till then
    You may be quick, but I'll knock you over

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    I test road one of those 6 months ago. Was really nice. You got a great deal on it.

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    Right on, I am definitely pumped! The brakes havn't let me down yet, they just are a bit noisy...

    So far after every ride I need to adjust my chain tension (gets way too slack), is that typical or is it a sign that I should replace the chain or that something else is off?

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    It's a sliding drop out right? Are you torgueing down enough on the bolts?

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    That looks like a QR in the rear. I've heard if you crank them down hard enough they'll stick, but I've never tried or trusted it myself and use bolts instead.

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    You could always go with one of these if it turns out to be constant issue:

    DMR STS Chain Tensioner - Stainless Steel


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    I bought the same bike last year, $600 on closeout.
    Unfortunately could not keep the chain tight (constant dropping) and returned it ....paid for upgrade to Stumpjumper SS and no issues with chain -drop.....brake noise is another matter
    Hope you have better luck.

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    Thanks for the input, sounds very similar to what I've noticed so far

    The bike has a 2-piece forged adjustable dropouts w/ SShanger (according to Spec site), there is a QR rear axle but that is not impacting on chain tension (that I'm aware of). I have probably not been torquing down enough on the bolts after tensioning the chain. Seem like a little bit more hassle to tension this chain b/c there are two bolts on each dropout.

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    Strange thing was a friend had the identical bike (my reason for purchasing) and had zero issues.
    I took mine to 3 different LBS's and they could not solve the issue.

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    SS is awesome fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Hill View Post
    SS is awesome fun.

    Yes it is, my fully has been feeling the neglect lately....

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    Unfortunately, I would consider this a design flaw just like my Moto Outcast frame. My Moto has 3 bolts per side to tighten down the sliders but what it is lacking (as is yours) are tensioner screws or a way to keep the tension set. In my case, when I cranked down on the bolts, it chewed into the aluminum thus leaving indentations and deforming the slots slightly. I ended up filing out the slots so that is fine but even with washers in place, the bolts want to go right back to where the indents are. If there were tensioner screws like you see on Paragon sliders you could pretty much set the wheel where you want and it won't slide.

    On another note, SS is great and I have a blast. I can see where gears would be nice from time to time but where I ride, I really don't need them. So much easier and I'm just as fast as the rest of the guys out there (for a little while anyway)

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