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    Paul Melvin and Soulcraft Convert discontinued?

    Does anyone know where to find a Paul Melvin or Soul Craft Convert? Both seem to have disappeared off the market.

    I have been riding single speeds for a while now and have used different tensioners and ss specific frames. In my hunt for a new reasonable and light steel frame, I wound up having to give up on finding an SS frame in my price range. I wound up with a new Ritchey P-29. My old Surly Singelator is ok, but isn't cutting it in the mountains. This led me to the two most recommended designs.
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    The last Convert that I found was on Ebay. I'm looking for another one for my next SS, but am having a hard time finding one this time. I talked to Sean @ Soulcraft about parts and he sent me a piece right away, but I didn't ask if they would be producing them again. I should have.
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    I got a melvin from Jenson a few months ago. I think they may drop ship from Paul or they don't keep them in inventory, but they're still available as far as I have seen.

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    I found that the gusset style tensioners work best:
    Gusset Bachelor Chain Tensioner in Tree Fort Bikes Single-Speed Tensioners

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    Trialtech sport sprung is a great tensioner. I prefer it to the Melvin. Hard to find a supplier to ship to the states but be persistent and you will find one.

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