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    what cost to convert to SS?

    I have a vintage Hardrock rigid that I like very much. I think that it is a prime candidate to convert to SS. I want to have it done by mmy LBS because I just don't have the time. I figure the following needs to be done/bought:

    1. strip bike of parts
    2. frame to get stripped/powder coated
    3. buy SS hub(flip-flop), tensioner, other required SS parts
    4. re-assemble bike.

    Assuming I get basic parts, and pay to have all the work done, what should this cost me ballpark?

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    why a new hub? get one of these
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=2300
    and a tensioner, or make a tensioner out of an old derailleur.
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    It's only pain......

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    Quote Originally Posted by bauerb
    I have a vintage Hardrock rigid that I like very much. I think that it is a prime candidate to convert to SS. I want to have it done by mmy LBS because I just don't have the time. I figure the following needs to be done/bought:

    1. strip bike of parts
    2. frame to get stripped/powder coated
    3. buy SS hub(flip-flop), tensioner, other required SS parts
    4. re-assemble bike.

    Assuming I get basic parts, and pay to have all the work done, what should this cost me ballpark?

    Cost me 60 bucks.
    Gusset SS Conversion- $25
    Salsa- 34t Ring w/ no ramps- $25
    KMC Z410np BMX Chain- $10

    i did all the work myself so i saved on labor. Not sure if u need a new hub tho. i have a Steelhead w/ Horizontal dropouts so no need for tensioner. good luck.

    Going tru a shop and getting all excess parts u mention should bring it in over $300 bucks easily and thats w/o paint maybe.....
    I watch the O.C. cause it makes me happy...

    If misery was money i'd be the richest man on the planet.

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    Why have a shop do the convert? Most of the fun comes from doing the work yourself. Not only do you save dough but you form a more intimate relationship with your ride and learn a thing or two in the process.

    As far as cost, if you have the right tools then you can spend as little as $10 or as much as a couple hundred. Depends if you want a basic ride or a blinged-out pimpbike.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    D.i.y.

    You can do it yourself easy.
    The price you will have to Pay is that your "other bike" Will be just hanging in the garage,never ridden.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stinkymutt
    ...you can spend as little as $10.
    Or as little as $0. You mean you missed this thread ?.... Another buck for some pvc, some time on the grinding wheel and I could lose the other 7 cogs on the cassette and the big ring in front as well.

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    no tools, time, or skilz

    i own a full woodshop, but not a single tool for bikes. by the time I bought the tools and learned how to use them......

    its either pay someone to do it, or it doesn't get done

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    I had a Serotta T-Max sitting around my garage gathering dust for years. I purchased it in 92 and rode it constantly until purchasing a GT LTS in 96. I rode it less and less with each new FS purchase. A couple of years ago I built it up SS. My goal was to not spend a cent on it. I used 1 1/4" PVC to sandwich a scavenged sprocket from a local bike shop. I have plenty of broken derailleurs laying around so I found a suitable donor and cut the bottom of the cage off of an XTR and used it as a tensioner. I took two 11/4" x 2" electrical reducing washers and placed them on both sides of the sprocket, forming a foolproof chain guide on the back. I then took the big chain ring and ground the teeth off of it for a chain guide/bash ring. I put some old riser bars and bar ends (got to climb those hills somehow) I then put my homemade no tubes in with some Huchison Mosquito tires and I have the king of all mud bikes.
    I broke my $0 rule when I found a 1" steerer tube Marzochi fork on sale, 1" steerer tube forks are harder and harder to find.
    Now I find myself riding the SS all winter when the trails are nasty and even racing it occasionally.
    There is something very gratifying about riding a 15 year old bike that still, under the right conditions, can put you back in the parking lot before your buddies on the latest greatest…
    Last edited by santacruzer; 01-25-2006 at 04:23 AM.

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    Eccentric

    I would get an ENO eccentric hub then you will not need the chain tensioner. I would stay away from chain tensioners unless you are trying to save money. I think the hub is around $130.00.



    Quote Originally Posted by bauerb
    I have a vintage Hardrock rigid that I like very much. I think that it is a prime candidate to convert to SS. I want to have it done by mmy LBS because I just don't have the time. I figure the following needs to be done/bought:

    1. strip bike of parts
    2. frame to get stripped/powder coated
    3. buy SS hub(flip-flop), tensioner, other required SS parts
    4. re-assemble bike.

    Assuming I get basic parts, and pay to have all the work done, what should this cost me ballpark?

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