Joining the SS love in party that appears to going on here - yep it's fantastic did it on rigid 26 for a couple of yrs loved it now gone rigid 29 & getting an even bigger thrill
Singlespeed- how hard is it really?
Dunno what hills you are pushing yourself in gears down but mine have too many corners to pedal at all really besides if you can pedal down it it's not much fun so I don't bother withbthose. I'm no racing snake though so my fitness gain is mahoosive;)
I don't find SS on the downs and twists a handicap at all, in fact I think I ride smoother because the bit of my brain working out the 'best' gear is turned off or used elsewhere. Even with my gears on I tend to set it to something spinny and leave it.
Maybe sometimes I could be marginally faster, on a flatter trail, with gears. Who cares.
My ss 26" inbred with dmr tensioner, thought it would be horrendous, but is actually surprisingly nice, and the simplicity of it is refreshing, need a front brake before I take it down any big hills though! Oh, I'd like 29er forks at some point.
Wouldn't want to run rigid all the time, but it's good to have a lock out on my Lefty.
SS great fun and ridden ss rigid just about everywhere including CYB, Penmachno, Brechfa, Innerliethen etc
Think its a great way to get fitter and good for increasing upper body strength........but in the end actually get a better work out from a geared bike which is noticeable quicker.
Sold up in the end
I converted my Scott Scale 26" to rigid SS and it is absolutely amazing. First time I rode it was at a Gorrick Masters xc race and I won it by 2 mins.
Weighs 18lbs and features a 2.4 front tyre at 15psi to grab every root.
Fearsome 36/15 gear ratio because I am a racing snake.
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