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    SS wheel question

    Hi~
    perusing CL and this caught my eye

    I'm really nervous now. Is it possible I have a geared front wheel? How do I tell?
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    There is no such thing as a "geared" front wheel. Any front wheel will work with a SS.
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    I have always run a SS specific front wheel on my SS. It matches my single speed specific pedals and stem and makes my SSing way more core, usually I ride a 42x12 on a 29er with two bells (all SS specific). You guys better get your ***** in order.

    That wheel is obviously NOT a SS specific wheel as it is a 26er and everyone who is a real SS rider knows only 29ers are real single speeds wheels .

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    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic View Post
    There is no such thing as a "geared" front wheel. Any front wheel will work with a SS.
    You'd better rethink that. I emailed the CL poster and here is his response:
    All the single speed wheels I've seen, sold as ss wheel, don't have quick release and are always remove with a 5mm.
    The old school ss wheels are built super strong with bigger rims
    The other reason is def the cool factor. its like a finishing touch to a bike that has horizontal drop outs.
    But a geared front wheel is fine as long its a 3x cross.
    So, as you can see, SS= no QR, super strong, bigger rim, ho-drops.

    I've since taken my bike to the LBS for them to confirm that my front wheel is indeed a SS specific front. They also noticed that my cable nipples didn't match so now I'm rocking brand new XTR cable nipples (they were out of stock on the SS specific cable nipples so I will change them out when they come in) They were a little expensive but I can totally tell the difference in ride quality. I can now ride with confidence.
    Last edited by finger51; 12-13-2011 at 10:15 AM.
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    Let me know how those SS-specific cable nipples work out.

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    One time I tried to use a geared front wheel on my single speed and my fork snapped in half like a pencil. I'll never make that mistake again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erichwic View Post
    There is no such thing as a "geared" front wheel.

    Christini bicycles have them ... while their bikes do have gears I bet you could run it as a SS
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    That e-mail response should be signed "buyer beware--I am an idiot"

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