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    Noob question and recommendation

    I have an ancient Trek 9700 OCLV 3x8 that I would like to make a SS.

    I was looking at using this in the back

    Performance SS Conversion

    Of the ones I've found it has the most rings to fine tune the chain line.

    Up front, can I run the middle gear and skip getting a new crank set?

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    yes i think a lot of guys use the middle ring , and the chain tension er and spacing rings look good to me .

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    I used the performance ss conversion kit for a short while. It was easy to set up and worked fine for the 200 or so miles I put on the bike before I got rid of it (cracked head tube). I am sure there are better options out there but this is the only kit I have used. The cogs are narrow so they may dig into your free hub. When I got rid of the bike, I didn't bother to take it off. But like I said, it worked fine.

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    Oh yeah. On the crankset I used; the middle ring and big ring were one piece. I ran the chain on the middle ring. I cut the teeth off the big ring with a mini hack saw and then got rid of the sharp edges and smoothed/evened things out with a hand file. I just left the little ring alone.

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    i would recommend using that kit or something like it and getting a SS chainring. middle rings from triple cranksets tend to drop the chain.

    I have used a spring-loaded tensioner, then tried a DMR tensioner that is static and the static one worked a lot better.

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    Thanks for the input. Appreciate it, I'll post it up when I'm done.

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    Hey Jay - I used Surly stuff along w/their singulator (in push up position) and have loved it. I'm on my old Trek 8000 hardtail 26", and am running 32x20 around green mtn mostly. I would get a 18 and 20 tooth rear for the front range stuff.

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