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    Thank you! (First post, Long, Many pics) =)

    Greetings MTBR and SS forum crew,

    I've been lurking here on MTBR for about 2 years, mostly in the SS forum. It has been great re-discovering the MTB scene with the help of this community. You all here in the Singlespeed forum have helped me a ton by validating my distaste for gears in general. I have learned more than I thought I knew about bikes here. Thank you.

    So, about the time I started lurking here, I had decided I needed to get moving because I was getting eaten up by life and generally felt horrible. I really liked bikes as a kid and when I was a teenager I had a Cannondale that I bought with my first summer job which was my transportation for years, I loved it. It was stolen at some point and I never really got another bike together, until I bought this...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4685405992/" title="Ebayed Cannondale Delta V by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/4685405992_f1a8a8479f.jpg" width="400" height="300" alt="Ebayed Cannondale Delta V" /></a>

    Cannondale Delta V - I think its a 93 based on the frame, the headshok is newer but not a current generation. Although I am not 100% sure on either. It looked a little rough but it reminded me of my old bike. I spent a little money getting it rideable after I received it. The gearing was jacked up even after I had it adjusted at the LBS. It seemed that the shifters and gearing were mismatched so it worked but was pretty annoying. Anyway I rode it for a several months and finally gave up on the gearing. I basically shortened the chain and not having a decent SS setup to replace the drivetrain with, I locked it into gear at 36/15 with the middle ring and about 3 up from the bottom on the cassette. The gearing is high for actual serious climbing but I mainly ride with my kids around town and on fairly tame trails...it pedals like an oversized bmx like this. The gearing was pretty good but the chain line was bad and it did not seem all that stable. I had changed out a few parts too.

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4697317046/" title="Cannondale Delta V Ghetto SS by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4026/4697317046_afea3877bb_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V Ghetto SS" /></a>

    So loving the gearing but not the reliability, I needed to improve the setup. The original front wheel and cheap LBS rear were slowly dying already, and I was going to go full SS. First thing was wheels, I decided after a good bit of struggling that I was going to go with Hope hubs, being in the high quality not rediculous price category (if you get them from the right places). And I was going to get Rhyno Lite XL Rims because I am kinda big at like 210lbs. I got the wheels built at Chain Reaction cycles, they have been great. For the cog and ring I ended up going with Surly 36/14 and a Gusset Slink 1/2 link Chain with a Gusset Squire tensioner. All of this installed on the original XTR FC-M900 cranks. When I did the install I discovered that the threads on the crank for the self-extracting collars were fairly stripped, but I got the ring switched and the arm re-installed after having the collar pop out more than once...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4684829591/" title="First SS Setup by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4037/4684829591_7e6c1f7134_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="First SS Setup" /></a>

    After riding this setup for another few months and being very happy the BB started getting real crunchy. I knew from the last install that the crank arm was pretty bad and I had been eying some of the cool cranksets on Singlespeeds that I have seen, Sooooo....I needed a new crankset.

    I had a lot of different ideas but finally I decided I wanted an xtr 95x so I could put a spiderless chainring on it. After looking on ebay for awhile and not seeing anything good at a decent price, I remembered seeing posts about ceramic coated xtr stuff. So I contacted crazy8 (RD at Ceramikoat) on the forum to see about getting a set made. He ended up coating a set of xtr M951 180mm arms for me that he had for a very reasonable price. Absolutely beautiful work. He was great to do business with and was very cool.

    The other part of this plan was to get the chainring and a new cog from ISAR to go with the cranks. I ended up getting a 36t ring and a 14t cog both in aluminum. I really love how the anodized cogs and rings look from Homebrewed. Dan (ISAR, Homebrewed Components) was a pleasure to deal with as well and also very cool and friendly. When I got the parts I was really impressed. The cranks and ring really complimented eachother...and I got some new bits to tie it all together....

    Did I mention the PURPLE?!? ...

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4697375972/" title="Purple Parts! by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1297/4697375972_f252564a9d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="800" alt="Purple Parts!" /></a>

    To go with the new bling, thanks ISAR and crazy8, I upgraded most of the components: handlebar, stem, seatpost, saddle, grips, etc. It all kinda went on in phases but finally I got it all set up, with a little help from the LBS when I did not have the tools to do what I needed. The fit was much better and it is definitely lighter than it was, even though I'm not sure what it weighs.

    Thank you all very much for un-knowingly helping me along the way!

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4696792373/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - Full Side by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1300/4696792373_6044e2d1af_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - Full Side" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4697425796/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - Full Front by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm2.static.flickr.com/1286/4697425796_099a69662c_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - Full Front" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/50965942[email protected]/4696792827/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - My Favorite Pic =) by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4069/4696792827_baf7aef0a0_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - My Favorite Pic =)" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4697428500/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - Drivetrain by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4020/4697428500_6475b0be6d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - Drivetrain" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4696794845/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - Crankset by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/4696794845_08a9fb732c_b.jpg" width="768" height="1024" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - Crankset" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4696793163/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - Homebrewed Components Chainring by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4060/4696793163_cacb1df192_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - Homebrewed Components Chainring" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4697427486/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - Rear Drivetrain by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4002/4697427486_d569ef900f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - Rear Drivetrain" /></a>

    <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4697428046/" title="Cannondale Delta V SS - Rear Hub by MamoulianMTB, on Flickr"><img src="https://farm5.static.flickr.com/4041/4697428046_72a8a39dcd_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Cannondale Delta V SS - Rear Hub" /></a>


    Parts List:

    Frame: Cannondale Delta V - Bad flat black paint with primo craft paint-pen touch ups. and ebay'd mixed stickers.
    Fork: Headshok Fatty of some kind
    Stem: Cannondale - 90mm
    Handlebars: Easton Monkeylite DH featuring....black electrical tape!
    Grips: Ergon GX2 Magnesium
    Crankset: XTR M951 Ceramic Coated Satin Black
    Bottom Bracket: Shimano M-952
    Chainring: 36t Aluminium Homebrewed Components in Purple
    Cog: 14t Aluminum Homebrewed Components 5spoke in purple
    Chain: KMC 710sl Black (1/8in but I have a great chain line its very smooth, and it looks hot!)
    Tensioner: Gusset Squire
    Pedals: Kona Jacksh*t
    Rims: Rhyno Lite XL
    Tires: Geax Tattoo Lite
    Hubs: Hope Pro II, Singlespeed Rear Black
    Spacers: Purple Origin8 from Decorah Bicycles
    Lockring: Aluminum in Purple from Toronto Cycles
    Seat Clamp: Purple Salsa LipLock from Decorah Bicycles
    Seat Post: Thomson Elite 27.2 Layback
    Saddle: WTB Silverado Pro
    Brake Levers: Xtr
    Brakes: Xtr V-Brakes

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    Looks good.
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    nice job, thats a cool bike.

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    was never a fan of cannondales, you did a good job on this one.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    that just looks like sex-on, hows the head shok??

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    Wow. Badass bling fur shur. Way to go.

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    Those cranks

    might just be the sexiest cranks I have ever seen...I love 95x cranks.

    Well done!
    Ride.

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    I love the style of those Cannondale frames, and the work you did on it makes it even better!

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    Thanks for the positive comments =)

    Quote Originally Posted by John's Smith
    that just looks like sex-on, hows the head shok??
    The headshok could use some love, but its functional. I think getting it serviced (if possible) and re-finishing the frame are the 2 next tasks after it gets cold again.

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    is that tensioner pull down only?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nuck_chorris
    is that tensioner pull down only?
    It comes with springs to do either.

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    did you just spray paint the whole bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexrex20
    did you just spray paint the whole bike?
    Its the paint that was on it when I got it. I think thats what they did though, its on there thick and its pretty chipped up. I used a paint marker to fill in the blanks....looks ok from a distance...

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    My suggestion would be to swap the pulley around so that you have more chain rolling on the chainwheel. This will help out a little bit more with preventing any chain throw and what not.

    Definitely, look into getting the shock serviced. I remember when they first came out way back when, we had alot of them coming back to the shop due to being blown. Not a cool thing to have happen out on the trails.

    Love the color set up. Seen lots of bmx bikes done up this way. Looks great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoulian
    It comes with springs to do either.
    hmm, ill have to look into that, only one up the Surly Singleator has is its chain guards but the Gusset beats it with the Sealed bearing
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SPD
    My suggestion would be to swap the pulley around so that you have more chain rolling on the chainwheel. This will help out a little bit more with preventing any chain throw and what not.

    Definitely, look into getting the shock serviced. I remember when they first came out way back when, we had alot of them coming back to the shop due to being blown. Not a cool thing to have happen out on the trails.

    Love the color set up. Seen lots of bmx bikes done up this way. Looks great!
    yup, what he said, make the tensioner push up on the chain by changing out the spring
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    Nice work. Your tensioner looks slick.

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    +1

    Quote Originally Posted by TheSingleGuy
    might just be the sexiest cranks I have ever seen...I love 95x cranks.

    Well done!
    agreed
    no chain no gain.

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    I will try swapping out the spring and running it in push-up mode, thanks much. I am also thinking of trying a magic gear and losing the tensioner all together...I'd love the cleaner setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoulian
    I will try swapping out the spring and running it in push-up mode, thanks much. I am also thinking of trying a magic gear and losing the tensioner all together...I'd love the cleaner setup.
    Forward Components standard shell EBB would clean up the look nicely.

    http://forwardcomponents.blogspot.com/

    But I imagine that option isn't in the cards since you'd have to invest in a new crankset, too. An expensive conversion. The FC EBB is not offered in a square taper version... at least not yet.

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    Thanks Sparty, I actually thought of that, but way too late in the game....lol.

    I really love this crankset so far, so an EBB type setup will have to wait for the next build.... (insert ominous music here) haha

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    My only concern is that the aluminum 14t won't last very long at all, but you're kinda stuck with that ratio.
    Looks good though. Looks like a fun townie.

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