New singlespeed…but full suspension for the niche points
Built this up mostly from parts bought off here and finished it off last night. Kona Howler singlespeeded for something different. I’ve used an Accor tensioner to cope with the chain growth. I previously owned a medium one and missed it, so found this large recently and set to work getting the parts sorted.
Frame was sent straight to 18Bikes to have the seat-tube reamed for a 30.9 so I could use my Joplin. Swapped the 200mm Vanilla shock for one of the cheap 190mm RP23s from CRC to drop the BB and slacken it (previous experience showed this was a winner).
First ride this weekend…Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for the positive vibes!
I’m looking forward to the stealthy silence of my ride.
wwaswas – I did loads of research on full sus snigglespeeds and looked at photos of yours(!) a few times. In the end went for the Howler as it was cheap and I knew what I was getting having had one before.Posted 5 years agoclubberMember
Fixed with a tensioner won’t work (at least, not unless it was a very robust, non-sprung tensioner and even then it’d probably bend the mech hanger instead) – as soon as you back pedal at all, it’ll just extend the tensioner either wrecking it or unshipping the chain.Posted 5 years ago
Surely that Kona with the belt drive can’t allow for chain growth – how does it work?
You new here? Its been a long, long process. 🙂
But it does work. And its lovely. Dead quite, apart from the squidge of the Maverick forks, and the rattle of the Pro2 hub freewheeling.Posted 5 years agorighogSubscriber
I have built up a couple of bikes this year ( hardtails ) and for both I had a specific ride/trail in mind. Did you have have a specific trail in mind ? If so what was it like ?
I ask cause after your seeing the post I have already started looking for a old full suss frame and I have a flowy woody trail in mind.Posted 5 years ago
I would have put a hub gear on it though
I’m going to fit my Rohloff (presently on my hartdail) to the A and try it out with a chain drive later this year. If it seems ok (I’m concerned how it will ride with the extra weight) i’ll look at going belt-drive on it. The problem is twofold:
1) The available sprocket and belt sizes are limited, Gates don’t produce the right size combination for the ratio I want, with the chaicnstay lenght I’ve got.
2) And, Gates won’t sell a Rohloff sprocket to anyone without doing a full assesment of the frame first.
but I have a couple of ides how to get around that when the time comes…Posted 5 years ago
mattjg – yes, something like my Acor tensioner would do. It just needs enough movement to allow the chain to grow and shrink as the rear wheel goes through its travel. An old short cage mech would work too.Posted 5 years agothepodgeMember
Gates are the belt drive manufacturer, they don’t want any old person fitting their stuff to unsuitable frames then bad mouthing the parts when it doesn’t work properly.
I’ve just put horizontal dropouts on my absolut sx which means running the alfine is much easier
BB pivot frames & hub gears are acePosted 5 years ago
Rickos, think the angle made it look long, what with the hi rise bar and rise of the stem. great looking little bike that, been tempted by them myself in the past.
I like the idea of ss’ing my rampant but some of the local freeride/jump lines need a fair old crank to clear the gaps. Not sure I could ride it back up if I fitted a big enough gear!
EDIT: thought I’d add a pic as i keep banging on about it 😛
Posted 5 years ago
GaryLake – that Rohloff one is designed for people who run Rohloffs on DH bikes. Got an immensely strong spring in it. They say it allows for 10 links worth of stay length change.
Could be for sale too, if you’re interested?Posted 5 years ago
GaryLake – I’m sure there must be some limit but I don’t know what that would be. It has a strong spring, so I suppose if you give it enough chain to actually grow it would probably be OK on a 5, Prophet, Rush, etc.
I should have done a video of the movement on the tensioner when I had the shock off, but nevermind…Posted 5 years ago
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