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    what do i need to convert?!

    hey guys,

    i have extra bikes now so i am considering turning one into a SS rig.

    bike in consideration:

    2001 Trek 6500 Hardtail
    2005 zocchi mx comp ETA 100mm
    Mavic/XT wheels w/ Conti Vertical Pro's
    Avid mech discs with SD7 levers
    Bontrager Select crank

    of course its running a 2x9 drivetrain right now...

    so, i need something for the rear and something for the crank... i dont know what works best. id like to be without one of those goofy chain tensioner deals on my derailuer hanger if possible. i doont know what works best for the crank either. do i just take off the small ring or do most of you put on some sort of guide or are there special cranks?

    i figured the bike would make a good candidate because it's light, has a good fork with ETA for climbs, and SS looks fun.

    I'd like an easy ratio for hilly terrain also. I have a Fuel EX8 coming too, so this will be the "for fun" rig.

    Thanks! Adam
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    Check the SS FAQ in the upper right corner
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    i didnt even notice that.

    now that im aware of what i need, who makes quality SS parts? im unfamiliar with most of the brands.

    i need the rear hub conversion and a chain tensioner.
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    2012 Niner MCR 9

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    I bought a Forte branded single speed kit from Performance (performancebike.com). It was fairly cheep ($25) and has a tensioner, spacer kit, lockring, and 16/18/20 tooth cogs. So far I have had no problems with this kit. The other things you might want to pick up is a set of single chainring chainring bolts (or you can use your old bolts with washers) and a single speed specific chainring (matter of preference). I know for me SS has made me a better all round rider as well as given me a lot of fun experiences. Enjoy it.
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    cool, thats a good deal too.

    thats exactly why i want to make this bike SS. something fun and different, but another discipline that will make me a better rider overall.

    i plan on replacing the front chainring and chain as well since they are getting old. i also need pedals. i think i can definitly do it all for under $125.

    eggbeaters, chainring, chain, cog kit, chain tensioner.
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    2012 Trek Remedy 9

    2012 Niner MCR 9

    SND. CPS.

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