Want to build a single speed – need advice.
If you want off the shelf I would buy a Trek Marlin and just change the fork and brakes when they break/money allows. Whats your budget ?Posted 4 years ago
I have a small budget so is it best to buy a complete bike and upgrade as you go along meaning possibly getting a mediocre frame and similar parts or buying a good frame only and trying to source parts separately?
I do like the idea of building a project.
In terms of putting something together where should you spend the money and where can you skimp without really noticing?Posted 4 years ago
Niners if you can afford them, but on your budget you can’t.
I believe these are Exotics he got at a good price via classifieds: http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/my-first-29er-2#post-5045268
& look for user Cheezpleez he has a steel Swift fork on an 29 Inbred and rides it good.
I now have a Niner I got second hand, I had a Swift and a 26er ‘2 poles’ carbon, the Niners are clearly better IMO, but expensive. The ‘2 poles’ could best be describe as ‘twangy’, they didn’t really do damping.Posted 4 years agotomhowardSubscriber
Also I’m going to commit SS heresy here and say don’t dismiss sus forks. I’ve been riding sus forks recently, after several months on rigid, it works a lot better than I expected.
Another heathen here. I built mine (inbred 26er with rebas) as I would a geared bike, just with out the, erm, gears.
Bloody brilliant it is….
I tried to do it on a budget, really I did, but now it’s finished, I realise the frame is one of he cheapest bits on the bike 😳
Get it built as cheap as you can, but accept you will want to keep upgrading!Posted 4 years agonorthernerindevonSubscriber
I did it the ‘frame then build it up as I could afford to’ way – having said that it wasn’t planned; saw Orange R8 853 frame in blue and white going cheap and it was a ‘have to have it’ moment. Mines built up with 100mm Fox forks and some blingy bits and I fookin’ loves it… Get the best frame you can and upgrade as you go… Coming from a carbon FS 30 speed it was a revelation in simplicity! Love them both equally now…Posted 4 years ago
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