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    Trek Custom ss/klunker

    New to the forum and single speed bikes. This started life as a beach cruiser that I converted to a ss trail/klunker bike.

    Total cost of build: $650.00
    Weight: 20.5 Lbs.
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    Cool.

    OT: I thought there was a rule setup on mtbr where you had to post a few times before being allowed to show pictures?

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    Very cool. Love the low, long, sleek look. It looks like the completely wrong tool for trail riding though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Cool.

    OT: I thought there was a rule setup on mtbr where you had to post a few times before being allowed to show pictures?
    Interesting. It let me post with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo-x View Post
    Very cool. Love the low, long, sleek look. It looks like the completely wrong tool for trail riding though.
    It works very well. Light weight aluminum frame and beefy welds. The bar in the middle of the frame works as a handle when huffing up steep inclines.

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    Those angles look horrid for a trail bike

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    Who cares? The bike is fun in the dirt right? That's all that matters.

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    look at the tires... it is not being ridden in real dirt.

    looks fun if you are digging it!

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    Repurposing an old bike is always cool.

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    Cool, have fun but...

    Very slack angles and super long chain stay. Be careful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilikemtb999 View Post
    Those angles look horrid for a trail bike
    Horrid? It rides really well actually.

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    Quote Originally Posted by max-a-mill View Post
    look at the tires... it is not being ridden in real dirt.

    looks fun if you are digging it!
    I am taking this to Moab so the tires are perfect for that area.

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    No more relaxed than this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalubi View Post
    No more relaxed than this.
    different style though. that bike is intended to point downhill and bulldoze your way through things. a rigid ss has to be more flowy and finesse....in which case a steeper HTA and short chain stays are better to increase maneuverability and allow you to move the bike around a bit more with better precision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    Cool.

    OT: I thought there was a rule setup on mtbr where you had to post a few times before being allowed to show pictures?
    The rule applies to external links, not attachments uploaded to mtbr.
    I see hills.

    I want to climb them.

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    Looks like a very cool bike kalubi, what model is it and what exactly did you change out?
    An object in possession seldom retains the same charm that it had in pursuit. Pliny the Younger (62 AD - 114 AD)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kalubi View Post
    No more relaxed than this.
    I own an sb6, it's not the same

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    Quote Originally Posted by the old fool View Post
    Looks like a very cool bike kalubi, what model is it and what exactly did you change out?
    Hey Brian, It is a aluminum Trek Cruiser Classic frame that I found on Craigslist. I own many plush full suspension bikes and hard tails with gears, so I did this as an experiment for my entry into the single speed world. I am rethinking the front fork and may change to a Surly Big Dummy or a 80mm Fox fork. The frame cost me nothing, I traded an old television for it. The total cost of the build was around $650.00. I think it's a pretty cool bike for that price.

    Here is the list of work I did.
    Changed out wheelset used BMX flip flop Hubs and a 3 cog freewheel
    Changed out headset to a threadless FSA 1 1/8
    Changed out fork to Mosso
    Changed out crankset to Origins 8 175mm and Vuelta chainring
    Changed out seatpost to Origins 8
    Changed out Stem to Weyless and Kore Handlebars
    Added AEST Brakes and brake levers
    Added Vbrake adapters used for BMX
    Added AEST Ti Pedals
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    Quote Originally Posted by kalubi View Post
    New to the forum and single speed bikes. This started life as a beach cruiser that I converted to a ss trail bike.
    Kalubi I must say in a forum where all too often the bikes we see are near photocopies of the last bike we saw, I must say this is refreshing. I have no idea how this handles but that is so damn cool! A touch of vintage with some modern flair. I would be proud to have a bike like that in my stable. Good work bud!!!

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    Kind of reminds me of the old schwinn panther. But you put together a modern version of it. Cool!

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    I have one and I agree to these guys, it doesn't belong to the trails. Well.. the trails I ride. It's mainly my paved path bike "chariot hauler

    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    It looks cool.
    I've got used to short chainstays on trails and pavement, so am not quite sure I'd be happy with how this one handles.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek View Post
    I have one and I agree to these guys, it doesn't belong to the trails. Well.. the trails I ride. It's mainly my paved path bike "chariot hauler"
    Fishcreek, I have seen your ride before and thought is was really cool.
    With a coaster brake I agree it would not be trail worthy. That is why I changed to a freewheel and vbrakes.
    I have ridden this bike on a trail close to my house. It's smooth single track at the base of the Catalina foothills.
    It has a little slower response in steering compaired to my other bikes but after a couple turns you get used to it. I was getting spoiled on my full sus bikes and really enjoyed the challenge of riding rigid and one gear on this bike. Its a climb and coast kind of ride.

    It also makes a good pub cruiser

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    Quote Originally Posted by iowamtb View Post
    Kalubi I must say in a forum where all too often the bikes we see are near photocopies of the last bike we saw, I must say this is refreshing. I have no idea how this handles but that is so damn cool! A touch of vintage with some modern flair. I would be proud to have a bike like that in my stable. Good work bud!!!
    Thanks, I agree with your photocopies comment. I have built many bikes and wanted to do something different. It may not be up to everyones standards of the perfect trail bike but that was not the purpose. If you look at old klunkers they are not perfect either. They worked with what they had so I guess it could be labeled a modern klunker.

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    Took some measurements if anyone is interested.
    Head angle 66 degrees.
    Rear stay 457.2mm or 18 inches

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    This is my Trek , I have the same brake adapters so I'll be adding v-brakes also and using stock wheels to an other build

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