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    Ss + Fs = ?

    I was thinking about trying SS on my fs bike but I was wondering would it work well? I don't see many people running this setup but due to a bad back I really prefer having something to cushion me on the rooted trails. Im riding a 2001 specialized s-works fsr if it matters.

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    Disclaimer: I don't have an FS SS.

    That said, I don't want one. I'm not saying it might not be the perfect bike for somebody else, but personally I spend enough time out of the saddle while climbing on my singlespeed (climbing choices are sit & pedal, stand & pedal or walk) that I don't think I'd settle for a frame that might bob -- even a bit.

    Bob-free FS frames may be out there, but personally I've been riding my rigid & hardtail singlespeeds long enough that I just don't think I'd take to having a squish frame under me.

    Again, this doesn't mean it wouldn't be ideal for somebody else. That's just my 2 pennies.

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    Yeah, it is possible. I suppose it could be done with a double idler (or whatever) type tensioner. What you really want is a frame with the pivot sharing the same axis of rotation as the bottom bracket. The rear swing arm has to rotate on that axis to keep the chainstay length the same, otherwise your tension will change as the wheel moves.
    You might want to consider a softtail.

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    take a look at my fs single speed, i personally think a frame with a virtual pivot point are best for building a single speed, but that is what i recommend.
    look at it and see what you think..

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=352307

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schmucker
    Yeah, it is possible. I suppose it could be done with a double idler (or whatever) type tensioner. What you really want is a frame with the pivot sharing the same axis of rotation as the bottom bracket. The rear swing arm has to rotate on that axis to keep the chainstay length the same, otherwise your tension will change as the wheel moves.
    You might want to consider a softtail.
    What exactly is a softtail? It can't be a FS but it isn't a hardtail and I have never seen one that I know of.

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    check these guys out and look at the revew in mtb action they did a big write up about converting a fs toss and they really liked it. http://shop.yesspro.com/
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    Been riding this for at least 3 years, works well for me. Keep in mind, I also ride a rigid SS, and an off-road fixie.

    Past threads on FSSS's:
    https://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/full-suspension-ss-143179.html
    https://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/full-suspension-ss-better-235373.html
    https://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/anyone-riding-fs-ss-92682.html

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    The new issue of MTB Action has a "How To" article on this very subject.

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    yup they shore do
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