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    Nicest Geared Convert to SS

    Just curious what are some higher-end geared bikes that have been converted to SS? Glad you did it? What was your SS build?

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    What price range are you considering to be "higher end"?

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    Watchu got in the garage ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clobber
    Just curious what are some higher-end geared bikes that have been converted to SS? Glad you did it? What was your SS build?
    I converted an old Klein Rascal as my first SS. My next bike was a Lynskey TI SS built from the frame up extra light to climb with. How bout a nice 2011 specialized carbon SS frame to start with and maybe some ztr wheels with dt swiss 240 ss centerlock hubs and.......u get the picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ancient rascal
    My next bike was a Lynskey TI SS built from the frame up extra light to climb with. How bout a nice 2011 specialized carbon SS frame to start with and maybe some ztr wheels with dt swiss 240 ss centerlock hubs and.......u get the picture.
    how does starting with a dedicated ss frame equate to converting a geared bike?
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    I've never had any "high end" boutique-type bikes, but this was a respectable enough frame in its day (1995).
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    Not sure if you consider this "nice" as all my bikes are on the old side...


    Litespeed Obed was pretty high end back in the day. Makes a sweet ss rig:






















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    Quote Originally Posted by eastcoaststeve
    Not sure if you consider this "nice" as all my bikes are on the old side...
    Same here. Both my frames were high end in their day, but one is 12 years old, and the other one is 16 years old.

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    I'm eventually going to SS my Yeti Ultimate.

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    Two Bontragers; the blue one had some surgery done on it's dropouts.
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    I like the black one!!!!!!^^^^

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    I converted a 2004 GF Tassajara. It turned out very well. I also went all rigid and it climbs like a goat. I love passing up the high-end geared bikes on the hills. I just wave as I pass the fat guys huffing-and-puffing up the hills.

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    It might not be high end. 2008 Mamasita with a White Industries eno eccentric hub. I absolutely love it. I would definitely use both again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SPD
    I like the black one!!!!!!^^^^
    It's actually a very dark blue and I like it a lot also!! It's a sub 20lb bike with lots of little titanium goodies and the fork was custom made for the bike by Rocklobster.
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    i did a superfly. was about 20lbs as pictured (xl).

    used the yess etr-b, which imho is the best geared to ss solution out there.

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    Just finished but not ridden yet:



    Build is a Wheelsmith SSK-1 spacer kit, Niner 19T cog, 32T Hellore Ti ring and a modified Rollenlager.

    Glad I did it: Yes, it looks so much cleaner with no gears. Once the weather inproves I'll see if it rides as nice as it looks.

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    Here's my budget(sorta) carbon SS using ebb30 technology from teambeer.info

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    94 Cinder Cone with some Paul comp horizontals....best bike i've ever ridden. 650b fore 26 aft. saweeeet!
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    Wish I wasn't on a phone....
    I've got a 96 breezer storm with an amp fork..
    pics before it was done in a thread I started a while ago..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike A.
    94 Cinder Cone with some Paul comp horizontals....best bike i've ever ridden. 650b fore 26 aft. saweeeet!
    Thats a beautiful piece you got there

    if you dont mind me asking, but was it pricey to get the dropouts installed?

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    slumberjack - i found a cool frame builder who was going to do the dropouts for 150. then we decided to do some more cosmetic finishes to the bike, like remove unnecessary cable routers, fill in some bike rack holes, remove the canti bosses off the surly fork and stuff. total mod was $250. it wasnt a budget build, that's for sure! but it is awesome. you can see the process on my blog www.onecogblog.blogspot.com

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    I don't get the whole geared->ss conversion thing. Does converting a Stumjumper trump running an MC Flight stock make one better than the other?

    I wouldn't mind a Schwinn Homegrown, but it would rob me of disc brakes front and rear, and a way to have a simple and clean SS, but I could run a modern fork. A privateer is also on my wish list, but damn, 1" headtube?

    In some ways, a Rascal is a pretty great SS convert. Easy to do it with the dropouts... but the unique bb and 1" headtube...

    The nicest conversion anyone has had is a bike that was intended to do SS in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    I wouldn't mind a Schwinn Homegrown, but it would rob me of disc brakes front and rear, and a way to have a simple and clean SS...
    What? No sir. Unless you buy an early example, you can run discs front and rear on a Homegrown. You can buy a 22mm to IS adapter, and the last model year and a half had a standard IS rear mount. Additionally, a very clean way to run SS on a Homegrown is the White Eno Eccentric hub or the FC EBB. I run both, with an Eno on one Homegrown, and a FC EBB on the other, and they're both excellent, without problems and without slipping. Honestly, I think the FC EBB and White Eno Ecc are both superior to any sliding/swinging dropout or standard EBB.

    Quote Originally Posted by umarth
    The nicest conversion anyone has had is a bike that was intended to do SS in the first place.
    I disagree given how well the White and FC work. You can now convert a geared bike and have it be just as nice and user friendly on a SS specific frame.

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    A converted one. mid 90ies steel frame. Took me an age to find the matching fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricN
    Here's my budget(sorta) carbon SS using ebb30 technology from teambeer.info
    How did you get a mountainbike crank on that EBB30? It says road cranks only...

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    I used the king standard to gxp conversion kit. Works perfect with this setup...

    http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...3&category=268

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    it was high end ... in 94
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    i built this last year.....dave hemmings old yo eddy harlequin.







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    1992 GT Xizang LE Ti. It was high end for '92

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    Early 1990s Rock Lobster fillet brazed frame converted to SS.


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    Quote Originally Posted by monogod
    i did a superfly. was about 20lbs as pictured (xl).

    used the yess etr-b, which imho is the best geared to ss solution out there.

    <img src="https://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w182/monogod/SuperflySS/SuperflySS-01.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    wow, are you geared tall enough? how is she on the flats? lol

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    Jamis D29 Team SS

    Okay guys, here is my D29 converted to SS.
    White Industries ENO hubs, eccentric on the rear with Crest rims, DT Revolution spokes.
    Everything else is stock. 20lb 3oz.
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    well hot damn...aint these some fine howdy doos

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    i'm pretty sure salty man wins, that thing is sick!

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    Hello - new to this site / forum as a participant but a long-time reader. Here's my '04 Rockhopper convert...
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    Where do you guys find some of those old bikes? Our Craiglist around these parts never seems to have squat compared to what everyone around here seems to find on their sites. My dad recently gave me this:Nicest Geared Convert to SS-bridgestone5.jpg

    But I gave it to my wife cause I wanted her to have a decent bike for riding as a communter. I am tapped out now but next winter I may want another SS project........ If I could find another higher end old bike to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowamtb View Post
    Where do you guys find some of those old bikes? Our Craiglist around these parts never seems to have squat compared to what everyone around here seems to find on their sites. My dad recently gave me this:Click image for larger version. 

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    But I gave it to my wife cause I wanted her to have a decent bike for riding as a communter. I am tapped out now but next winter I may want another SS project........ If I could find another higher end old bike to start with.
    Thrift stores.

    I have found so many disgarded gems in thrift stores (like Goodwill, etc...) My son's bike was a thrift store find. A circa 2001 Diamondback response comp. It's light and stiff. I got it for $20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wjphillips View Post
    Thrift stores.

    I have found so many disgarded gems in thrift stores (like Goodwill, etc...) My son's bike was a thrift store find. A circa 2001 Diamondback response comp. It's light and stiff. I got it for $20.
    Man that's awesome. I have never seen anything in local small town goodwills and thrift stores other than crap huffies. I will start going into more and checking them out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driver bob View Post
    Just finished but not ridden yet:



    Build is a Wheelsmith SSK-1 spacer kit, Niner 19T cog, 32T Hellore Ti ring and a modified Rollenlager.

    Glad I did it: Yes, it looks so much cleaner with no gears. Once the weather inproves I'll see if it rides as nice as it looks.
    I think you got a little carried away removing stuff from your bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowamtb View Post
    Man that's awesome. I have never seen anything in local small town goodwills and thrift stores other than crap huffies. I will start going into more and checking them out.
    Ya, it's definitely timing. You gotta be in the right place at the right time. Also garage sales and swap meets can have nice stuff.

    Also, keep in mind there are other people out there looking for deals just like you, so you'll have competition.

    I once saw an old scott race bike (superlight alu bike with old skool xtr on it) in a thrift shop for $50. I didn't really need it, but was tempted. I left the store, then later (like maybe 2 hours) decided to go back and get it. It was GONE!

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