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    Not so pretty in pink anymore

    I took my first real singletrack ride on my new single speed today. I'm almost positive i was significantly faster than my full suspension ride especially going up hills. The main thing is though i had a ton of fun! It was great not having to mess with gears and just rely on power and brakes.

    the ride was much smoother than i thought it would even down nasty rock chutes. i'm sold. i'm rigid single speed for awhile now!

    Day 2 pictures. not as pretty as it was yesterday! Enjoy. Darn my close up pic's showing the muddddd are too large to upload. o well.
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    So how was the ride?? if you zoom in to the lettering it looks like neopolitan icecream
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    Lousy Smarch weather...

    Now it looks like a mountainbike.
    now the world is gone i'm just o n e

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    my legs are starting to get a bit sore so i guess i had to use my calves and quads more than i'm used to.

    the surly rides great though. i've never had a steel frame before and i'm quite impressed. heck of a deal for the frame + fork. it's better than my fsr rig in about everyway other than dropff's i've discovered can be sorta jarring but i quickly learned how to land better so it didnt hit so hard. shall see how i fare on much rockier terrain once this lame weather stays a bit more consistent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookykinkajou
    I took my first real singletrack ride on my new single speed today. I'm almost positive i was significantly faster than my full suspension ride especially going up hills. The main thing is though i had a ton of fun! It was great not having to mess with gears and just rely on power and brakes.

    the ride was much smoother than i thought it would even down nasty rock chutes. i'm sold. i'm rigid single speed for awhile now!

    Day 2 pictures. not as pretty as it was yesterday! Enjoy. Darn my close up pic's showing the muddddd are too large to upload. o well.
    What size frame is that and how tall are you? I'm on the verge between M and L and L was all they had so I ordered it anyway.

    Sweet rig bro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcmo
    What size frame is that and how tall are you? I'm on the verge between M and L and L was all they had so I ordered it anyway.

    Sweet rig bro.
    i got the 18". i'm 6' with 32-33" inseam in most pants and dress shirts i wear 16 34/35 to give you an idea of my size. I debated between the 18" and 20" for awhile and finally settled on the smaller size because most of the dimensions seemed to fit what i was used to.

    i feel like a 19" would've been perfect. the 20" would've felt too large i think but probably still quite manageable with the right post and stem.

    i use a 120mm/5deg stem and an easton ec70seatpost(has quite a setback) set at about 8.5 if you know that post..it's a good 2-3" above the handlebars although i havent actually measured but will do so if interested. feels comfy. more so than my large stumpjumper i came from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookykinkajou
    i got the 18". i'm 6' with 32-33" inseam in most pants and dress shirts i wear 16 34/35 to give you an idea of my size. I debated between the 18" and 20" for awhile and finally settled on the smaller size because most of the dimensions seemed to fit what i was used to.

    i feel like a 19" would've been perfect. the 20" would've felt too large i think but probably still quite manageable with the right post and stem.

    i use a 120mm/5deg stem and an easton ec70seatpost(has quite a setback) set at about 8.5 if you know that post..it's a good 2-3" above the handlebars although i havent actually measured but will do so if interested. feels comfy. more so than my large stumpjumper i came from.
    Thanks for the info. I'm about 5'11" with a 31-32 inseam, so I'll probably end up trying to run a shorty stem (80 or 90) to compensate. I'm more worried about standover height, since most of the other dimensions are only slightly larger than the SC I'm on now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spookykinkajou
    I took my first real singletrack ride on my new single speed today. I'm almost positive i was significantly faster than my full suspension ride especially going up hills. The main thing is though i had a ton of fun! It was great not having to mess with gears and just rely on power and brakes.

    the ride was much smoother than i thought it would even down nasty rock chutes. i'm sold. i'm rigid single speed for awhile now!

    Day 2 pictures. not as pretty as it was yesterday! Enjoy. Darn my close up pic's showing the muddddd are too large to upload. o well.
    Isn't it nice going from gears to ss, how you don't have to worry about shifting, and you can focus more on enjoying the ride
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    Quote Originally Posted by COmtbiker12
    Isn't it nice going from gears to ss, how you don't have to worry about shifting, and you can focus more on enjoying the ride
    I definitely don't see myself returning to a geared bike anytime soon. i MIGHT buy a fox 80rlt to toss on for epics and races but i'm trying to hold out!

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    oopsee
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    Spooky, mine gets here tomorrow.

    I'll post pics before, durning, and after. Thanks again for your advice.

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    Nice rig fosure eh!

    I made the jump to singlespeed just to be on the bandwagon but then, amazingly, I found that I actually like it. Your right in saying the simplicity of just riding is a welcomed change.

    Are you taking that to Pisgah in a few weeks? What gearing are you running? Bringing the full squishy? As much as I love my SS I'll have to pass on taking it to Pisgah... I'm not willing to give up 5" of travel just yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlloyNipples
    I made the jump to singlespeed just to be on the bandwagon but then, amazingly, I found that I actually like it. Your right in saying the simplicity of just riding is a welcomed change.

    Are you taking that to Pisgah in a few weeks? What gearing are you running? Bringing the full squishy? As much as I love my SS I'll have to pass on taking it to Pisgah... I'm not willing to give up 5" of travel just yet.
    The squishy is not going anywhere near pisgah. It's me and the SS. I'm bringing 34/21 as default and an 18T along for the ride. I normally run a 34/18 but i think for extended climbs the 21 might be better.

    I *might* rent a full suspension freeride bike for one day of total insanity but one of the reasons i'm coming down here besides the obvious of amazing trail riding is testing myself for some very tough enduro races later this year that i will be riding my single speed on.

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    Seatpost?

    Did you snap your carbon seatpost already??? Nice aluminum one in the pic...

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    Did you snap your carbon seatpost already??? Nice aluminum one in the pic...
    The pic above is from the day after i had it built...the easton didnt arrive until a few days later. It hasn't broken yet.

    To be honest i'm not very pleased with the easton seatpost. No matter how much i tighten the bolt it wont hold the rails exactly where i want them. They seem to always slide forward over the course of riding all day. The clamp sucks compared to the thomson i've always had. i guess thomson spoiled me with its simplicity and strength. why cant everyone else make clamps like that????

    I'm going to give it a few more attempts and if it still doesnt hold i'll be ordering a moots ti layback or possibly saving the loot and just going with thomson since i know it works.

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    I got a maxm...

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookykinkajou
    The pic above is from the day after i had it built...the easton didnt arrive until a few days later. It hasn't broken yet.

    To be honest i'm not very pleased with the easton seatpost. No matter how much i tighten the bolt it wont hold the rails exactly where i want them. They seem to always slide forward over the course of riding all day. The clamp sucks compared to the thomson i've always had. i guess thomson spoiled me with its simplicity and strength. why cant everyone else make clamps like that????

    I'm going to give it a few more attempts and if it still doesnt hold i'll be ordering a moots ti layback or possibly saving the loot and just going with thomson since i know it works.
    I got a Maxm carbon post for the 1x1. I'll let you know how it works. I've been running their riser bar for a while now and really like it. If you're interested I'll pass on my super secret contact at Maxm to you...

    Where is the Brown Santa? I'm pacing with anticipation....

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    Quote Originally Posted by indigosky
    I got a Maxm carbon post for the 1x1. I'll let you know how it works. I've been running their riser bar for a while now and really like it. If you're interested I'll pass on my super secret contact at Maxm to you...

    Where is the Brown Santa? I'm pacing with anticipation....
    yes let me know. thanks!

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    Check your email...

    Quote Originally Posted by Spookykinkajou
    yes let me know. thanks!

    Check your email...

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