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  • forzafkawi
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    I have ss’d for a number of years, converting a number of non-ss frames, had an SS inbred and now have a Genesis iO rigid SS (steel) frame.

    The thing that appeals to me about singlespeeding is the simplicity of the bike that I can just get it filthy on XC training rides and then just quickly hose it down and it will ready again for the next ride.

    I have never ridden a Whippet so can’t comment on specifics there but I would imagine that it might benefit from a bit more TLC to keep it running nicely although actual owners will give better feedback no doubt.

    All I can say is the next bike I am thinking about getting is a Singular Swift which is a very similar construction to the iO being rigid steel but in a 29er config.

    bigben69
    Member

    The simplicity of riding a ss is what i like about it,..
    I may hate it but want to give it a go,..
    I went down the 29er root this year but it wasn`t me!
    Great point and shoot bike but the compromise was to much on the twisty turny stuff,..
    I looked at the iO not bad looking,..

    Duffer
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    An inbred will be just perfect! And 26in wheelz iz da future!

    Word of warning about singlespeeding, though – once you’ve been bitten, you’ll not want to go back to those horrible gear-danglers…

    _tom_
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    I’ve got my Chameleon (with EBB) set up as a singlespeed at the minute and I love it. The bike’s so light and stuff so it accelerates effortlessly. Thinking I may go gears eventually though.

    bigben69
    Member

    Ive heard this,.. lol Bring it on,.. Whenever the subject comes up they all say youll get proper fit,.. me like dat..! πŸ˜€

    What tensioner for singlespeed conversion with vertical dropouts? Reliability more important than low cost.

    drofluf
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    Remember “A singlespeed is for life, not just for Christmas” πŸ˜†

    _tom_
    Member

    Use a rear mech, or one of those that’s basically a smaller and sturdier “fixed” rear mech. I’ve used a few and rear mech is the best I’ve tried so far.

    edit – one of these http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_info.php?cPath=58&products_id=480

    bigben69
    Member

    I`ve really got into my riding this year both on road and off road.
    I`ve got the idea in my head that i need a singlespeed mountain bike for the winter to train on.

    Any ideas what frames to buy…?? Carbon or steel… maybe something a bit different… I`ve heard that the Whippet is a great cheap option.

    I need some help please πŸ˜€

    Premier Icon ratherbeintobago
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    Also thinking about this; however, I gather The Panel’s view was that getting a singlespeed just because it’s more weather-proof was probably a bad plan.

    As an exercise in suffering (and improving fitness), OTOH…

    Duffer
    Member

    I gather The Panel’s view was that getting a singlespeed just because it’s more weather-proof was probably a bad plan.

    Don’t be mislead into thinking they need no maintenance at all. After all, they still have headsets, bottom brackets, hubs, freewheels, brakes, etc.

    That said, Singlespeed is just better.

    PeterPoddy
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    OP – I’ve got a decent Genesis iO Singlespeed for sale if you’re interested?
    There’s a few ads for it in my posting history.

    Premier Icon bigdean
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    I’ve a 20″ inbread swapout and a single speed rear wheel sat in the garage unused. Must sell them really. Love the single speed but went 29er after 2 months suuted my size

    Premier Icon Cougar
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    Closed the duplicate thread at http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/singlespeed-for-winter . More info there FYI.

    CountZero
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    Nobody has considered 650B as a wheel size. It’s what I would go for now, as it gives the slightly bigger rolling radius, without the wagon-wheel effect that a 29er has. If I could fit them to my SS I would at a moment’s notice, but the wishbone stay on my Inbred 853 dictates 26er.

    Premier Icon benji
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    Great bikes for the winter, got a Cannondale Trail SS 29er (looking for a new home πŸ˜‰ ), just building up a Pace RC129er to run singlepeed over winter, then possibly change to gears if i fancy making life complicated in the summer.

    The other nice thing with a singlespeed is the lack of noise, not ridden one with a tensioner so can’t comment on the noise.

    Premier Icon ratherbeintobago
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    Nobody has considered 650B as a wheel size.

    Is that because there are very few (if any) mainstream SS 650B frames?

    bigben69
    Member

    Bregante,.. Sorry couldn`t pick-up.
    PeterPoddy,.. To small.
    bigdean,.. thanks for the offer but i`ll pass.

    Ive done the 29er thing but wasnt for me,.. 26 is home for me!
    Thanks for all comments though… πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon Vortexracing
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    keep your eye out for one of these

    love mine, 26″ Kona unit


    P1050024 by eastham_david, on Flickr

    _tom_
    Member

    ^really like that, just looks like a solid fun runaround/easy trails bike.

    bigben69
    Member

    Looks tasty,… How does it ride,…? Β£???

    epo-aholic
    Member

    whippets are great, weigh nothing but are very stiff, get something in steel, it’ll be more enjoyable and likely weigh more than your XC rig so make you fitter and you’ll be flying come the spring……..btw you do know its July don’t you??? 😯

    Premier Icon Vortexracing
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    total cost above is about Β£500

    but it does have R1 brakes and hope hoop wheels, and Easton bars

    so can be had for a lot less

    nikk
    Member

    Looking forward to SSing my SC Highball this winter πŸ™‚ SS specific dropouts that tension chain in a clever and solid way, single speeding is just a no-brainer with this frame.

    Premier Icon nickingsley
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    Use a 2nd hand Genesis IOID (sold the alfine and replaced with a SS rear wheel) in Delamere through out the year. Great mtb to flick between the trees on the quieter singletrack trails and being Delamere not to hilly so can negotiate the hills, usually, well sometimes 😳

    Agree not maintenance free but a whole lot less, only real hassle has been Shimano and other bmx hubs failing in the sandy mud that is Delamere resulting in long scoots home every 8months or so. Now replaced with a White industries hub – if only I had known earlier ! Old chain tensioner not so clever but newer ones far less fiddly.

    At the end of the day whether it be ss or particular frame it’s whatever works for you – I just hit lucky with the Genesis and its a fab green πŸ™‚

    Premier Icon colournoise
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    Probably going to rebuild my Mr Hyde as a bit of a ‘leftfield’ rigid SS this winter for minimal maintenance trail fun. Won’t be light but should be fun and pretty much indestructible.

    Premier Icon cookeaa
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    I love my SS baring the last month it’s been the bike I’ve ridden most over the last year, simply because I could slog round my local loops, get it as muddy and crapped up as I liked, barely maintain it but still be able to ride it within minutes. Makes you feel ,ore Manly, even if that’s not strictly the case.

    Get one, a cheap one will do, saves your posh geared, bouncey bikes for when the weather is nice…

    ndthornton
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    I want to make a winter bike but im thinking of using an Alfine – My local trails are just too steep – for me anyhow. With the gear I would need it would be useless to ride home on the road.

    Premier Icon I_did_dab
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    I have a Genesis iO SS as a winter bike. It has needed new headset bearings and new chainrings and chain in 5 years of very harsh regular winter night rides, so definitely a money/maintenance saver. When I’m feeling fit it is great fun, when I’m not it is purgatory.

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