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    ... and if we just ... Should I turn my bike to a SS

    Hey guys,

    I have a though decision to make. Should I turn my bike to a single speed even if the frame is made of aluminium and there's a front suspension? I thought that it would be great for training and maybe for a couple of races, but then I remembered that I never saw an alu SS with a front suspension. Is it a good idea?

    Here's my bike
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    I'd like to hear your opinions,

    Thanks

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    No one on the SS forum is ever going to tell you to not convert to SS...

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    i ride an aluminum with front sus. but i took it off, so now its just rigid. theres a lot of aluminum riders around you obviously haven't looked too far.

    also, just because you haven't seen something doesn't mean it's a bad idea.

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    Should you? NO!

    I'll PM you my address and you can ship it to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duotone
    Should you? NO!

    I'll PM you my address and you can ship it to me.
    Alright, I stand corrected.

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    ABSOLUTLEY NOT!! that frame is two colors you need to paint it first, something drab would be nice maybe a dull brown hmm?

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    Do It

    I ride a rigid aluminum SS. I've got light CrMo fork. It's a new take off from an older GT, 25.00 from my LBS. The rigid fork helps me on climbs. I first went to a 1x9 and then I bought a SS frame. I'm hooked, all these riders are right, no gears for me.

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    Not only should you go ss but you should get a suitable rigid fork and go 69 too.
    That's what I would do with that frame, currently looking for a similar frame. Not ready to convert my geared bike though.
    Btw, cool looking bike, like the dual color paintjob.

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    I won't say no, but.......I converted my GF Marlin this summer, it worked great sometimes. I spent a lot of time trying to get the tensioner to work, and messing with half links. After two months, 6 half links and 3 tensioners I through in the towel and put together another bike. If you all ready know you like to SS then I'd say don't waste the time and frustration, just get a bike or frame that's ready to SS. If you're not sure then convert it maybe you'll have better luck. My 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FranK0
    Should I
    Depends:
    Do you want to?

    I already have an aluminum SS with a suspension fork.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FranK0
    Hey guys,

    I have a though decision to make. Should I turn my bike to a single speed even if the frame is made of aluminium and there's a front suspension? I thought that it would be great for training and maybe for a couple of races, but then I remembered that I never saw an alu SS with a front suspension. Is it a good idea?

    Here's my bike
    [img=https://img267.imageshack.us/img267/2565/kulasa5.th.jpg]


    I'd like to hear your opinions,

    Thanks
    What about doing race with it ?


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    I would say yes. Ditch the front suspension and go with a Trigon/Ritchey carbon rigid fork and shed a tone of weight over the fork you currently have.

    I think it would look good.

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    I converted my Kona Hoss to a ss and it's aluminum and has a Rock Shox Recon on it. No reason why you couldn't convert your Kula.

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    since you want us to critique your bike I would say that you should ditch the bar ends and the computer too. just saying.

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    I say get a KHS solo one or a used Monocog 29er on Ebay and take the plunge. That way it's easier to experiment with different gear ratios and not have the frustration of fooling with tensioners, chainline, dishing the rear wheel, etc. That's a sweet looking bike you've got but as an SS an original SS is always going to work better. Plus if you're not crazy about it you can always go back to your geared bike or split the time between bikes.

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    Yeah it seems a great idea to me, I'll check out on eBay, and BTW I already ditched the bar ends, but I kept the computer

    Thanks

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    frank... simple answer.



    Yes.
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