I’m in the process of converting my old Chameleon over to singlespeed. I’ve dabbled on the road with a single speed and absolutely love it.
Just wondering what gearing you all use? And any chance of pics for inspiration 😉
Does anyone solely run singlespeed all year through? I’m down on the South Downs so I’m a bit unsure what would be a good gearing to start with…. With regards to bottom brackets hollow tech 2 stylee is there anything you would avoid?
Many thanks for any advice and pics 🙂
Have a good evening!Posted 4 years agotazzymtbMember
If you face booky get over to one cog cycling about 500 hardcore ss idiots from around the worls and a massive wealth of friendly knowledge and piss taking and lots of bits up for grabs to make your transition into a bearded ss god as painless as possible.
Also some truly amazing ss road cx and mtb pics on therePosted 4 years agoSuggseyMember
Only just gone to a SS in all this mud locally. Not too hilly but really heavy clay settled on 33×16 with Surly Singleator with push up spring in for better chain wrap round rear gear. Bar ends too on risers to really make folk frown with a long stem but then the bike was massed up out my spares box!Posted 4 years agobreadcrumbSubscriber
I’ve got a 150mm FS and a SS HT, the HT sees a lot more miles than the FS.
Started SSing on a 26″ with 32:18 up in the Lakes, now on a 29er with 32:19. It was rideable with a 18t sprocket but more enjoyable with the 19.
Here’s a pic of my current SS, 2014 Unit. It’s had a few changes since the photo was taken, namely Rebas, Elixirs and Pro II Evo’s (in SS flavour).
I love SS, it’s frikin awesome!Posted 4 years agobirdageMember
Hi, I’m running 32:18 on a Swift which is fine most of the time round Lewes part of the South Downs. Only time it’s not great is on road at the end of a loop or something when mates on geared bikes have the advantage. Off-road though it’s more of an advantage and I spend less time cleaning the bike and shelling out for worn drive train bits. Thinking of trying 1×9 for the summer though just to compare.Posted 4 years agotmb467Subscriber
Ran 32:16 for my local commute and also for general off-road duties pre- Christmas.
It ran great round Apperley Bridge and the sides of the valley. Even had it up Shipley Glen until I did my back in
Once summer comes round again I’ll be back on it, but it’s geared for nowPosted 4 years ago
Oof, that chrome Genesis looks much better than my poo brown one
I’m riding 32:17 here in the Peak but thinking of going to 18 or maybe 19 as I’m trying to spin instead of mashing
And yay to a full suspension SS, I enjoyed mine at the world’s two years back but it was a rushed bodge so had loads of room for improvementPosted 4 years agoStefMcDefSubscriber
Running a rigid singlespeed 29er on the Isle of Wight, so similar terrain to the South Downs, just not quite so much of it.
Gearing is 34:18, although the front ring is one of Tazzy’s GoldTec OneKey numbers.
Gets me up most stuff. Although the unholy trinity of clay-ey mud everywhere, howling winds and ebbing winter fitness have seen see me engaging the two-footed emergency gear quite a bit recently. 🙁Posted 4 years ago
Amazing looking bikes 🙂 for a shopping list I’m thinking I need:
Chain tugs due to horizontal drop outs
Bottom bracket probably XT. Will a saint fit my bottom bracket?
New 7-8 speed chain. I have a 9 speed one but I don’t think it’ll work
Shimano DX cog
Will a DX cog be ok on a hope pro 2 free hub? Or should I be looking at something else?
Thanks again for the help and inspiration. Can’t wait to get it finished 🙂Posted 4 years ago
9 speed chain will be fine at a minimum I would get;
single ring type front ring (ie. no ramps)
wide bottom rear cog
(on-one do both the above – I got good miles out of their stainless front rign and the groove armada cogs have a wide base to them)
SpacersPosted 4 years ago
9 speed chain will be fine
look at Merlin for cheap BB’sa – they’re doign them in their overstock sale.
you only need a chain tub on the drive side – again on-one do reasonable priced ones.YakSubscriber
I’d suggest 32:18 for the south downs to start with/ winter then change to 32:16 as you get used to it/ and/or the trails dry out a bit.
Yes – wide based cog. Cheapo superstar, or much better get a surly or velosolo stainless steel one. Will be better value in the long run. Pair this with a surly, on one or velo solo stainless chainring and you’ll have a good many miles out of them before replacement. KMC 3/32 chains too. Use lots of thin spacers, not those massive ones in the all-in-one kits. Gets your chainline spot on. Any crank/bb will do as long as it fits the cog.Posted 4 years ago
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