Good framebuilders/painters?

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  • IvanDobski
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    I'm going to turn my shop/pub/gym bike into a proper ss mtb (if a ss can be a proper mtb?!) however I'm going to need some proper drop-outs putting on instead of the tensioner bodge I'm currently using as well as a disc mount and hose guides. Then it'll obviously need respraying as well…

    Has anyone got any experience of doing this and which framebuilders did you use?

    I realise it'd be cheaper and easier to buy a new frame etc etc but tbh if I was bothered about making life easier I wouldn't want a rigid singlespeed!

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
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    Is it steel or aluminum?

    IvanDobski
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    Steel – so should be easy enough in theory… (well, I'd have thought so but I'm asking strangers on a forum so I'm clearly not that confident!)

    Premier Icon mugsys_m8
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    Argos apparently do a top notch service, but for a price, I think.

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    The problem with converting a frame to SS is that proper SS frames have stiffer chainstays. Bikes designed for deraiileurs don't need such stiff chainstays and can thus enjoy the benefits of a supple ride.

    Hopefully it probably won't be a major problem, but your chain can drop if the chainstay flexes too much when you're stomping up a steep hill. This can cause eyewatering damage at the toptube/groin interface.

    Proper SS frames are cheap these days – plenty 2nd hand.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    OP it is not cheap (£150+ as an estimate) and you will almost certainly be better getting an inbred unless your existing bike is nice.

    The problem with converting a frame to SS is that proper SS frames have stiffer chainstays. Bikes designed for deraiileurs don't need such stiff chainstays and can thus enjoy the benefits of a supple ride.

    Sorry but that is utter rubbish.

    but your chain can drop if the chainstay flexes too much when you're stomping up a steep hill

    Even better! You must have some thighs to compress a chainstay that much.

    bent_udder
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    I've used Argos in the past to update and respray a DeKerf Generation frame. I couldn't have had better service – they even called to check the job before removong / adding the bits. As said, it was not cheap, but it was well worth it.

    Again, as said, you may be better off simply buying a second hand (or new, for that matter) singlespeed frame, as the cost will be similar. It's all much of a muchness.

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