Singlespeed for winter.
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.Posted 4 years ago
The simplicity of riding a ss is what i like about it,..Posted 4 years ago
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,..
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=480Posted 4 years agoBreganteSubscriber
This is a blummin bargain
😉Posted 4 years ago
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 😀Posted 4 years agoDufferMember
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.Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
Closed the duplicate thread at http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/singlespeed-for-winter . More info there FYI.Posted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
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.Posted 4 years agobenjiSubscriber
Great bikes for the winter, got a Cannondale Trail SS 29er (looking for a new home 😉 ), 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.Posted 4 years agonickingsleySubscriber
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 🙂Posted 4 years agocookeaaSubscriber
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…Posted 4 years agoI_did_dabSubscriber
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.Posted 4 years ago
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