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    Tensioner

    Looking to try out singlespeeding but as i've got vertical dropouts i'll be needing a tensioner, being a bit vein whats the best looking tensioner?

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    Try to get one that is push up, they give a cleaner appearance.

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    I've had great success with the Rennen tensioner, its a really nice unit.

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    The DMR Simple Tension Seeker (STS) works very well... basically the same idea as the Rennen.
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    Yeah, rennen rollenlager is going to combine the best performance and looks of the bunch. Surly singleator looks really great but is spring loaded which isn't the greatest.

    Although this one that attaches to the bottom bracket is really cool.

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    Rennen

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    I like the Soulcraft Convert. It works like the Rennen in some ways, but has a quick release lever on the bottom. This makes wheel or tire changes virtually as easy as with a normal vertical dropout, yet works just as well as a Rennen in other capacities. I've used all types of SS frames and tensioners. I've settled on this solution as the best and easiest solution for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benwitt11
    I like the Soulcraft Convert.
    I second the Soulcraft Convert. I have used one for a couple years on my Trek 9.8 and never had any problems with it, and as it was mentioned, has a lever to release the spring tension to change out the wheel quickly and easily...

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    +3 on the soulcraft. I used mine in harsh conditions, never did a bit of maint. and the only problem is the pin that releases it for tire change has fallen out requiring a small pointy tool to release it. That has supposedly been fixed by the manuf. in recent years. It's now on my SS commuter which sees rare flats so no big deal. I have not used any others, but would buy one again if I needed one.
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    My Surly Singleator has worked good. No chain jumping off on the trail.

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    Melvin

    I have yet to make my melvin fail, it may not be the best looking thing out there, but it's bullet proof.

    http://www.paulcomp.com/

    i've heard that you can run a front mech with this set-up, not that this is appropriate for this thread.

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    Good job! Yess ETR-V

    I'm new to SS but have great success with the ETR-V by yess
    http://shop.yesspro.com/products/etr-v
    Really fast shipping and these guys have been around in BMX a loooong time!
    Easy setup and I like the fact it has a fixed primary arm and it stays protected.
    Yes it is a push-up type.
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    The melvin is beautiful and probably the best made tensioner out there, but I still feel that the solid mounted units (non-spring loaded) perform better and look cleaner. However, without a spring the tensioner cannot adjust to variances in chain tension due to out of round or imperfectly mounted chainrings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by combatkimura
    The melvin is beautiful and probably the best made tensioner out there, but I still feel that the solid mounted units (non-spring loaded) perform better and look cleaner. However, without a spring the tensioner cannot adjust to variances in chain tension due to out of round or imperfectly mounted chainrings.
    Wouldn't a non-spring unit adjust just as well as sliding dropout?

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    Absolutely, just as you would with a sliding dropout you must make sure the chain tension is good at all points of the crank rotation.

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    i broke my origonal surly singleater (as in,the older designed one).seems to me the non-spring loaded ones would last longer tho.ya could use yer derailluer to keep the chain tight till ya decides if'n ya likes SS'n.not the classiest way,but free and no waiting.


    by the way....welcome to SS'n!!!
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