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    Young grasshopper seeking SS advice

    I have decided to sell my carbon Stumpy 29er and get a 29er single speed. No real reason to make the change other than I want to. I love my Stumpy but as love a good straight chain line and the clean looks of a SS. And they seem like some good fun.

    Anyways, what I had in mind was something like the new Redline Monobelt. I've kinda got a crush on belt drive bikes right now and thought it would be a good platform to start with and build off of later on down the road. I was also thinking about a Niner (one9). Yeah its got a chain and there is nothing wrong with that. I would be able to build it the way I want and that would be very enjoyable.

    So what i'm after here is this, Is the belt drive system all that and a bag of chips?

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    Do some searching in the forums for belt drive or Gates belt drive. Quite a few have tried and gone back to the chain. Some have success. I bought a SS that would accept a belt drive and haven't had enough crush on the belt to give it a $250 try. I also change cogs a lot and the SS rear cogs are reasonable. The Gates drive cogs aren't.

    If you buy a bag a chips with the belt drive, you won't go hungry.

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    Why not turn the Stumpy into a ss?

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    @Lando47, before completely dumping the geared ride. Have you ridden the Stumpy in "no shifting", SS mode, first? That's what I did before converting one of my bikes to SS. It's a pretty fair estimation of gearing. But it definitely feels smoother in SS mode.
    Also, why not just keep the geared bike too?

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    When you can ride your geared bike across the rice paper without tearing it, you are ready to singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allroy71 View Post
    @Lando47, before completely dumping the geared ride. Have you ridden the Stumpy in "no shifting", SS mode, first? That's what I did before converting one of my bikes to SS. It's a pretty fair estimation of gearing. But it definitely feels smoother in SS mode.
    Also, why not just keep the geared bike too?
    Yes i have and I enjoyed it and can imagine the smoothness of having a good chain line. Plus the cleanness of the bars only having brakes attached to them.

    Honestly I'm a bit tired of the geared bike. If i'm going to ride a geared bike, i'll ride my Enduro. That thing is a blast to ride. Don't get me wrong, the Stumpy is very fast and fun to ride. The thought of converting it to SS never really crossed my mind.

    Where can I get some riding impressions on a carbon belt drive bike?

    By the way, Thanks for all the replies and info provided. I really appreciate the feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by i.a.n. View Post
    Why not turn the Stumpy into a ss?
    That would be my first move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CB2 View Post
    That would be my first move.
    Ya, that's a cool bike. Why not SS it?

    Sette Single Speed Conversion Kit at Price Point

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    Sette Single Speed Tensioner at Price Point

    Should do it.

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    Use the search feature of the forum. It's easy... Here are 2 guys you could send a PM to and get their opinion.

    http://forums.mtbr.com/singlespeed/g...es-766687.html

    good luck

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    I'd just convert the stumpy.

    SS kit with chain tensioner is super cheap. But if you can spend a little, I'd suggest building up a rear wheel with an Eno hub. The feel is much better than running the chain through a tensioner, just have to decide if its worth the cost.

    Maybe try a tensioner, then if you like build a wheel. Just my .02.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lando47 View Post
    Yes i have and I enjoyed it and can imagine the smoothness of having a good chain line. Plus the cleanness of the bars only having brakes attached to them.

    Honestly I'm a bit tired of the geared bike. If i'm going to ride a geared bike, i'll ride my Enduro. That thing is a blast to ride. Don't get me wrong, the Stumpy is very fast and fun to ride. The thought of converting it to SS never really crossed my mind.

    Where can I get some riding impressions on a carbon belt drive bike?

    By the way, Thanks for all the replies and info provided. I really appreciate the feedback.
    What year is it? You could go with the ENO hub or if you have a 68mm BB or a BB30 shell you can do an eccentric BB. That would be a pretty sweet setup and you could save a bunch of monies. I thought about going belt drive but after seeing how a lot of people go back to chain I had second thoughts. Then after setting up a few Trek Districts at work I realized that belt may not be as cool as it seems. Just stick with a good old fashion chain and some nice cogs. Maybe some Homebrewed stuff?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteitz View Post
    I'd just convert the stumpy.

    SS kit with chain tensioner is super cheap. But if you can spend a little, I'd suggest building up a rear wheel with an Eno hub. The feel is much better than running the chain through a tensioner, just have to decide if its worth the cost.

    Maybe try a tensioner, then if you like build a wheel. Just my .02.
    I like gsteitz's idea. There's nothing better than a purpose built singlespeed, but for getting your toes in the water converting your bike with a kit and a tensioner is the way to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanD View Post
    for getting your toes in the water converting your bike with a kit and a tensioner is the way to go.
    One more vote for this.

    If you really like your current frame, you might end up just getting a nicer SS wheel, SS chainring, and a very good tensioner for it. I did.

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