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    SS - To build or buy ?

    I am looking at getting myself a single speed MTB.
    I haven’t been able to find any decent ones 2nd hand in my size, so I am looking at a new bike / build

    But I am a little uncertain as to which path to go down:

    Choice 1 – Buy a Surly 1x1 frame (have seen a 2nd hand one in my size at a reasonable price) then build it up slowly as I can get my hands on parts.

    Choice 2 – Buy a GT Peace brand new fully built and then upgrade to front suspension when possible.
    http://www.capitalcycles.co.nz/gt-pe...10-p-1317.html

    Choice 3 – Buy a geared hardtail XC bike with front suspension and convert to SS.
    http://www.capitalcycles.co.nz/canno...11-p-1804.html

    Cost is not a massive concern but am not looking to go nuts, but choice 1 is obviously the most expensive route to follow, choices 2 the next most expensive and choice 3 probable the cheapest.

    I have a nice full suspension trail bike already so this would be a 2nd bike that I would probably ride when I am out with the missus to give my legs a good work and I have no need/desire to ride a geared hardtail for the sake of it.

    Any pro’s / cons of having a SS frame vs a bike converted to SS, also any opinions on the Surly 1x1 vs the GT peace.

    Also any huge benefits to a 29 inch wheeled SS, I see a lot of folks riding them, not to mention the new SS world champion http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/news/ar...9-carbon-28299

    Thanks in advance for any help / suggestions.

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    1spd has a 26" GT (I think) and I am sure he'll chime in.

    I've seen a couple in person and I really, really like the GT, and I think it could do a lot of the things one asks of the Surly, except run a 2.5" tire, but I'm just guessing.

    Asking whether to build it up or buy complete is a rough proposition. Once could easily drop more money on a build than a complete, but if you end up buying several parts for upgrades, you might end up being kinda even.

    I don't have a ton of money, so I usually buy things used, but only when I can find a really great deal. Or I'll buy complete, take the part I want, then turn it... I only suggest taking your time to scavenge a SS because you already have one bike and it is fun to be able to get to know your parts, your bike and do the leg work yourself.

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    Nowadays bike mostly designed for multispeed/gears which is sometimes you need extra work for the drivetrain but it's easy it's all about chainline and chain tension stuffs.

    I personally prefer build SS than convert, since a standard SS is cheap to build and with the same price compare to gears you can get better parts.

    Instead of expensive RD/FD/shifters/gears you can get high-end brakes/suspensions/tires.

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    I know its a bit self-serving, but I recommend buying this one: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=662322

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    If you know it will stay SingleSpeed, I do recommend getting a SS specific frame. By the time you buy a nice tensioner, you haven't saved that much.

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    You've got a bike to ride right now, so I'd say build. You say it's the most expensive option, but long term says it'll probably be most cost effective. The GT or other bikes in that price range will come with el cheapo components that you'll have to replace soon anyway.

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    If considering the GT - look online - you can save yourself probably around $200.00 by doing so.

    www.blueskycycling.com as one source for GTs for less.

    29er versions here:

    http://www.blueskycycling.com/search...h_key=GT+peace

    26er here for $400.00

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...551_1061925_-1___

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    If considering the GT - look online - you can save yourself probably around $200.00 by doing so.

    www.blueskycycling.com as one source for GTs for less.

    29er versions here:

    http://www.blueskycycling.com/search...h_key=GT+peace

    26er here for $400.00

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...551_1061925_-1___
    I am in NZ so my prices are in NZ dollars not US dollars.

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