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    MYTH: Singlespeeding will save you money

    I have held out buying a dropper post. I just couldnít get myself to add a cable and clutter the beauty of a singlespeed frame. Thatís the main reason we donít run derailleurs and gears, right? Vanity is priority.

    So I just bought my FIRST dropper ever - SRAM AXS WIRELESS. I had to black electric tape the chromed collar because it should have been black from the factory.

    Ridiculous???

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    In Singlespeeding - "buy nice.... don't need to ever buy twice."
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    It isn't just that. You'll almost never see some dude on an eduro bike with a high dollar Ti frame or a set of Thompson bars.

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    Who puts two handlebars on a bicycle? And a pair Thomson handlebars at that! Is this a singlespeed tandem we're talking about?
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    True: SS's are cheaper to build and maintain

    False: Buying quality stuff means it will never break.

    SS's take a pounding and endure a lot of stress, like all mountain bikes but in a slightly different way. Shit happens, stuff breaks, even custom frames....

    Good bottom brackets, strong wheels, and a sturdy frame is a good start.
    Rigid SS 29er
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    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Hmm... my singlespeed has XTR cranks, nice hope brakes, and handbuilt wheels, but my geared bike has low end SRAM cranks, SRAM Level brakes and OEM wheels.

    Yeah, SS ain't cheap.
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    SS could be a simple bike with basic parts but why? I ride my SS on my local trails several times a week. I gave my Trek Remedy to my son and I have a hardtail that I use for when my legs need recovery. I definitely spent way more than I needed to build up my dream SS and I just recently put Shimanoís new M9120 dual piston trail brakes and in the beginning of the year, Hopes new EVO cranks.
    Another thing to mention is when your grinding up the trails on a SS you destroy BBís, your hubs get worn out and pedal bearings wear out. I just got the new XTR trail pedals too.
    So Myth SS is definitely costlier if you have that as your primo primary bike.
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    No one says riding singlespeed is cheaper. Buying cheaper stuff for your bike can be cheaper if you're not one to break stuff.

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    To be fair, Magura had a wireless dropper a long time ago. You didn't have to wait for this...

    SS doesn't mean cheap, doesn't mean simple either. Like people who prefer to drive a manual transmission when these days, automatics really are "better".

    Build and ride your bike the way you like it

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    Everything bar the consumables are 2nd hand on my SS.
    Chris King BB.
    Deity carbon bars.
    Thomson seatpost.
    XT cranks, brakes and pedals.

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    As with anything in life, you can do SS cheap or expensive. I've been in both camps and couldn't be happier.

    $200 buck steel bike just replaced chains and BB in 4 years

    Carbon wonderbike - just a year in an it's fine too

    There is much less maintenance considering you may not have a fork, suspension bearings, rear shock, pivot bearings, etc., but you know this. Just run what ya brung

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    Singlespeeds are great, you can get your foot in the door cheap and have a low maintenance bike, or have a really nice bike for far less than other options.

    Like many here, my current SS was a "throw the budget out the window" build and I just bought everything I wanted. Custom steel frame, Killer rear hub, carbon fork and handlebars, SLX brakes, XT cranks, Thomson post. I added a few Blingy bits later: Paul Purple stem, Purple White Industries headset, Wolf Tooth Stainless cog, King cage.

    This was the first bike that I went all-out on, and it's Awesome!, but not cheap.

    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Everything bar the consumables are 2nd hand on my SS.
    Chris King BB.
    Deity carbon bars.
    Thomson seatpost.
    XT cranks, brakes and pedals.
    However, this is how I started. Used Kona Unit Frame, used Stans Flow wheels, cheap used cranks, BB7's, steel fork, no frills build. For about $700 ish I build a pretty sweet bike from used parts.

    Ironically if I hadn't broken that frame, badly, I probably would not have ended up with a custom frame and the dream build. Pretty OK with the way that worked out long term.

    Still, a custom SS dream build is (usually) less expensive than a carbon wonder bike with a mid level build kit on it.
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    who puts two handlebars on a bicycle? And a pair thomson handlebars at that! Is this a singlespeed tandem we're talking about?
    haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by RacerLex View Post
    So I just bought my FIRST dropper ever - SRAM AXS WIRELESS. I had to black electric tape the chromed collar because it should have been black from the factory.

    Ridiculous???
    To answer your question directly, yes, ridiculous price.

    Bikeyoke Revive is hands down the best dropper I've used, and half the price. I'd also personally rather look at a cable instead of a battery and Bluetooth unit.
    Rigid SS 29er
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    N+1 also applies to SS so basically you're screwed. Generally speaking at least in my experience the +1 is always more expensive
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    If the new E-verb could drop on its own without needing to weight the saddle, then 'maybe' I could justify the price. Until then...

    That's a hell of a first dropper though and I'm sure you'll love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shinkers View Post
    If the new E-verb could drop on its own without needing to weight the saddle, then 'maybe' I could justify the price. Until then...
    Yeah, we'll just plug the sensor into your brain. Telepathic e-dropper.
    Rigid SS 29er
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    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    No one says riding singlespeed is cheaper. Buying cheaper stuff for your bike can be cheaper if you're not one to break stuff.
    You definitely can find deals and get really good SS frames and parts. Especially if your going fully rigid. One of my older builds was a orange Niner Sir9 with a Niner steel fork. I got some rebuilt Hayes 9 brakes, used wheels with XT hubs with Mavic 719 rims. A Surly spacer Kit, used RF turbine square taper cranks. Trek aluminum handlebars and stem, used Thompson seat post and a WTB Rocket saddle and used Shimano XT pedals.
    I loved the feel of that steel frame and ended up selling it to buy a new Sir9.
    I guess once you get an addiction to bikes itís easy to go overboard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NordieBoy View Post
    Everything bar the consumables are 2nd hand on my SS.
    Chris King BB.
    Deity carbon bars.
    Thomson seatpost.
    XT cranks, brakes and pedals.
    That's all you need and it'll last too.

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    Started with a cheap KHS Solo One SE (still have it), made a few changes and rode the hell out of it..........now I have a Motobecane Ti Fly 29er frame ($550 new) converted over with XT crankset ($99 new), Industry Nine SS built wheels / green anodized ($425 used with $125 bearing rebuild) and carbon bling to make a sweet ride......
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    MYTH: Singlespeeding will save you money

    I went all out on my titanium SS. Because it truly deserves Hadley hubs, titanium bars, titanium seatpost, a wide i30mm wheelset, Sapim spokes and 680g 29er Tires:




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