- SS On The Cheap – Drivetrain Questions
Merry Christmas STW!
I’m trying to build up a single speed for the winter and have some questions re the conversion. Frame already has horizontal dropouts so I’m hoping I won’t need a tensioner.
– I have an XT triple crankset. Can I reuse the chainring?
– I have an old road cassette and chain. Can I reuse one of the sprockets and the chain?
– Do I need a chain device?
Cheers.Posted 4 years agoandrewhMember
Yes.Posted 4 years ago
I have done this an it’s fine. For really cheap either space it with cassette spacers if you have enough in the bits box or plastic plumbing pipe, I’ve used the latter.
With horizontal dropouts you may get away without it but bear in mind an XT middle ring is designed change gear easily so it may be advisable if you aren’t using a single-specific ring.
I use the On One Groove Armada sprockets, I like the wide base.
KMC Chain 3/32. Whatever single specific chainrings are sitting around. Currently a Works Components Thick/Thin because I use the bike geared 1xX too and it makes switching easy, but I doubt a Thick/Thin has any benefit for SS.Posted 4 years agoThrustyjustMember
Any 8 speed chain with a groove armada will work. Quieter than an 1/8 th chain. You will need something to stop the wheel slipping forward under load, as a QR wont be strong enough. You can use the front chainring. My mate does, although single speed specific is better. It has deeper teeth and will wear the chain better. Small sprocket rings are better for chainline than 2 big spacers on the rear hub.Posted 4 years ago
Dave! I completely forgot my old e-mails. Forgive me!
I should have mentioned I think I have an SS specific rear wheel (Hope Pro 2 on Arch EX) that came with a rear bolt through axle. Should that do the trick?
Should mean I can get away with just buying:
– Rear sprocket
– Chainring bolts
– SS or 8 speed chain
Is this correct?Posted 4 years ago
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