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    What do you think about this build?

    Stuff that I already have:

    Frame: Small 2005 Norco (Trigon) EXC 1.0 HT Carbon
    Fork: Trigon Rigid Carbon Fork of some sort
    Wheelset: Mavic XC717 V-brake

    Now the stuff I'm thinking about ordering:

    Headset: Ritchey Logic WCS Headset
    Handlebars: Ritchey WCS Carbon Rizer Bar
    Brakes: Avid Single Digit 7 Levers and the actual brakes
    Cog: Sette Single Speed Conversion Kit
    Tensioner: Yess ETR-B
    Crankset: Race Face Evolve Single Speed I chose it over Stylo 1.1 as it's 170mm, I'm worried about small frame and short fork making crankarms too close to the ground.
    Seatpost: Thompson Elite
    Headset: Sette Edge O/S 31.8mm Stem
    Chain: KMC Z410 Single Speed Chain
    Pedals: Wellgo W-71 Just need decent platforms.

    I'm also getting saddle, grips, small things... but they are not that crucial.

    This is the first time I'm building something from the ground up (will have to bring it to LBS for headset install for sure). Just hoping that I'm not making a mistake with a particular part. Also it's worth mentioning that I don't want to spend a lot of money for blings, although I really want to.

    Thanks in advance.

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    All I have to say is.... build it once

    If you want to get better or bling parts, then do it now. Otherwise you'll regret not getting what you wanted and settling for something else because it was less expensive. Then you'll eventually buy what you wanted and have to sell the old part for a fraction of what you paid for it.

    ... build it once

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    True enough. See anything that should be replaced for more blingy stuff?

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    Thats a nice frame but if you're going to be building a SS, why start with a frame with vertical drops. For the price you could get a custom frame made with track ends.

    If you decide to stick with that frame, look up a chain length calculator and try to find your magic gear ratio so you wont have to use a tensioner at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GroceryBagHead
    True enough. See anything that should be replaced for more blingy stuff?
    I spent the $$ on my drivetrain for my dedicated SS......picked up ENO cranks and Phil Wood BB and a WI freewheel....

    the rest of my rig is very similar to yours.....v-brakes....avid single digits.....mavic 717s....etc....all built up on a rigid green surly 1X1 (her name is sybil )

    edit - why not a dedicated SS frame?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GroceryBagHead
    True enough. See anything that should be replaced for more blingy stuff?
    get rid of your tensioner and SS kit and replace it for a eno eccentric hub or an eccentric BB.
    Everything else looks fine.
    I have eccentric hub and love it
    here's a pic.
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    i spy a pink roll-on.
    everything sucks but my vacuum cleaner.

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    IMHO sette products suck. that stem uses a really low grade aluminium, it wont be cool when that thing snaps in half, look its cheap for a reason
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    Quote Originally Posted by wickerman1
    get rid of your tensioner and SS kit and replace it for a eno eccentric hub or an eccentric BB.
    Everything else looks fine.
    I have eccentric hub and love it
    here's a pic.


    whoa man, trim that s**t, the brake cable. you lookin for trouble???

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefuzzbl
    whoa man, trim that s**t, the brake cable. you lookin for trouble???
    lmao yeah i know its been trimmed now lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishcreek
    i spy a pink roll-on.
    yeah my wife is an avon lady... at least you didn't say it was a butt plug like over on F88 LMAO

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    ^ ^ ^

    +1. Don't cheap out on the contact points (pedals, seatpost, saddle, stem, bar)... a failure in any one of those parts is going to be a bad day.

    I'd say skip the Sette SS conversion kit too... Spacers are cheap if you need to buy them, or you can make them yourself for less than the price of a cup of coffee. Spend money on the cog and get a good one.

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    $72? Seems kinda $pendy for a headset
    I'd save a little $$$ and go with the Cane Creek S-3 or Woodman Axis SL.
    You have the added bling factor of color with the Woodman
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    check out http://www.jensonusa.com/ . they have some nice , cheap Easton stems . they also have a single speed section with a nice section of spacers for your free-hub
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    I didn't realise Sette stuff sucks. Stem had a favorable reviews even. I'll switch it for Ritchey one in that case. Jenson has a few to choose from.

    Regarding the SS conversion kit. If Sette sucks, what are my options? I think it's something that should go on the existing Shimano freehub, but I'm not sure exactly what. Sette and some other weird one kinda popped out at me.

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    again, jenson has a nice spacing kit, here is the one i have

    http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...speed+Kit.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by GroceryBagHead
    True enough. See anything that should be replaced for more blingy stuff?
    How about a Forward Components EBB?

    I'm thinking of getting one for my vertical dropout alu frame (rigid SS bike) as a cheaper alternative to a SS-specific frame. Also thinking of getting a lightweight Kinesis alu frame with carbon seatstays and build it up SS with the FW EBB once my financial situation improves
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    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Right... $24 + shipping. And you get a sh**ty 16T cog and a bunch of spacers you can make for like 2 bucks.

    Spend $24 and get a nice cog the size you want, and spend another $2 on a piece of 1.25" ID schedule 80 pipe (1.25" ID alu conduit works well also, but requires more tools and finishing time to chamfer the edges, etc).

    If you don't have a hacksaw and a flat file, you might have to buy those, but we're still taliking $30, and that gets you a really good cog that won't eat your freehub body and is the size you want, and not only do you have an assortment of spacers, you can easily make more of any thickness you want to get the chainline just right.

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