- I've built a singlespeed
Doing Set2Rise this weekend.Posted 9 years ago
I'm currently part way through upgrading my fleet to 29", so I will be taking my 29er to ride, my old 26er as a spare bike and a spare pair of 29er wheels, all Rohloff.
Mrs Militant wanted a spare bike too, so I have built one up out of whatever spare parts I had around.
Santa Cruz medium Chameleon with sliding drop outs. 34t chainring and the chain on the 17 sprocket of a normal 9 speed cassette at the back.
I test rode it yesterday and, I have to say, I really can't see what all the fuss is about.
It was a little bit lighter, but most of the time I was in the wrong gear.
Pretty much what I was expecting.
It's done nothing to change my view that singlespeeding is for people who don't like derailleurs, but can't afford a Rohloff.nixon_fiendMember
I don't know anyone who could (or even would) "afford a rohloff" !!
If you're used to gears, SS is going to feel odd .. but just select a gear that you feel comfortable pushing a long out-the-saddle climb on and you'll be 'reet. If you like to ride 'seated' and with efficient cadence then no SS ain't for you.
I tend not to pedal much on the downs, like to sprint the climbs and ride the bike like a BMX .. ie. pedal in hard bursts.. so SS suits me fine.. although I wouldn't want to do a 30+ mile ride/race SSPosted 9 years ago
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