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    Moab Singlespeed - (was "So it begins, wish me luck")



    Trying to take this 1996 Schwinn Moab frame and turn it into a singlespeed. A friend gave me the bike years ago and today I finally stripped the frame down and cleaned it up a bit.

    Probably going the ENO route for chain tensioning, and hoping to get a hold of a Chris Kelly fork to replace the old suspension fork that was on there.

    Misadventures so far include buying a part I didn't need twice (a clamp-on cable stop to convert old canti brake bike to V-brakes eventually, not needed part when I can now use the stops originally for derailleurs), getting a temporary fork for free but finding out it was the wrong kind (must be cyclecross or 29er or something, brake mounts are way in the wrong place), and worst of all, dealing with a stuck seatpost after a decade's worth of corrosion (finally got it off, though, and have a Thomson on the way).

    In the end it'll cost me more than a singlespeed probably should, but eh, it's a for-fun project.
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    SS should cost a lot.

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    I had a 2000 Moab frame which I sold about a year or two ago and the guy made an SS out of it. I love these old frames. I prefer steel, but the design of these alloy frames are really good. Only thing I don't miss is the ICBM headset.

    Looking forward to your photos as you build it. Moab were light frames (Homegrowns were insane light). If you build it right, it will be lightening fast.

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    Be careful, it is addictive! Dont let the mod bug bite!

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    Finally got the bike back, but it's not done yet. This is because White Industries put a 28-hole hub into a 32-hole box.... so the front wheel is probably a couple weeks away. But it's pretty cool...
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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9
    Finally got the bike back, but it's not done yet. This is because White Industries put a 28-hole hub into a 32-hole box.... so the front wheel is probably a couple weeks away. But it's pretty cool...

    Very nice! That setup brings back a lot of memories (mine was school bus yellow).

    WI's quality control is crap. I've been a fan of their freewheels and I just bought a set of their ENO cranks. But any future purchases, I plan to look elsewhere. For the cost to service, there are better options out there IMO.

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    Looks clean and nice.

    Nice bike you have there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackspade
    Looks clean and nice.

    Nice bike you have there.
    Thanks. I hope the real front wheel doesn't take too long, might cut the steerer tube down a bit as well. Also still haven't given up on the dream of a Kelly fork so the Tange is semi-temporary...

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    Is mostly downhill where you live because that looks like a big gear?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tricone
    Is mostly downhill where you live because that looks like a big gear?
    It's pretty hilly around here. I've been riding mostly my road bike all summer so I thought maybe try more than 2:1 ratio... anyway it's set up as 38-16 right now.

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    Congratulations on the build.
    Is one of the chainring bolts missing? If so, I hope you're not planning on riding before fixing that

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    Looks great. I recently picked up a 95 moab to do the same...as soon as my brother is done borrowing it. The bent chainstay really had me worried for a bit, from a structural standpoint I can't imagine how that would benefit the frame

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orkje
    Congratulations on the build.
    Is one of the chainring bolts missing? If so, I hope you're not planning on riding before fixing that
    You guys are awesome... thanks for noticing! Ever get that "so that's what that sound was" feeling? I didn't get them on real tight when I switched rings myself and forgot to tell the shop about it when the put the bike together, then forgot about it altogether. And of course I can't find the spare, so we'll have to wait until tomorrow to fix it...

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    OK, for those who care about aesthetics... I'm probably getting some Shimano PD-A530 pedals (platform one side, SPD other)... silver or black?

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002NVJEOM/ref=507846

    PS Fixed the missing chainring bolt.

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    black no doubt.

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    Fixed the missing chainring bolt.
    Phew. Okay, hammer time then!

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    Nicely done.

    I'd like a similar build for blitzing through traffic to/from work.

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    I forgot I never posted the finished product...

    So it begins, wish me luck-moab_singlespeed_2.jpg

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    Too Funny! I am just starting down the same path but with a '01 Schwinn Homegrown Factory Hardtail. I just installed the crankset/bottom bracket this afernoon. My Hayes Stroker Grams are on their way and the wheels will be built by mid-month. Trying to not spend money too fast so as not to piss off the misses...

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    What are you doing for tension? Eccentric BB, Eccentric hub, or tensioner?

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    I'm going King hubs front (28 hole radial laced) and back (32 hole 3 cross). I'm hearing good things about the Soulcraft tensioner.

    Chuck

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    Finally got a Chris Kelly fork! Stem is a bit high right now because I have to fit on this kid bike seat thing sometimes.

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    I took you seven years to sort that out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetdog9 View Post
    Finally got a Chris Kelly fork! Stem is a bit high right now because I have to fit on this kid bike seat thing sometimes.

    Cool! Report back again in another 7 years when you get the stem lowered!
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    Same tires as well. Impressive.

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    Yeah, it didn't really start getting much mileage until this year and I'm usually on a road bike. But the area we moved to in the last year has some trails that suit the thing pretty well so I'm hoping to get on it more.

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    Took less than 7 years to get the steerer tube cut, I guess we'll call this the finished product:


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