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Singlespeed conversion

Post  steve on 2009-12-09, 12:12

Finally getting round to turning the explosif into a singlespeed. Couple of questions:
- planning on getting the Gusset 1er cog and spacer - any tips on tensioners that work well?
- seems a 1/8" chain is the thing to get for strength - does this work ok with a regular chainring or do I need a special one?

Any help much appreciated,

Steve
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Re: Singlespeed conversion

Post  Jase on 2009-12-10, 03:55

Iím presuming your Explosif doesnít have the sliding dropouts?

If your just wanting to try it out you could use an old rear mech to tension the chain Ė (have an old Deore one you can have)

You could then use your existing chain (shortened obviously) and chainring.

I have always used 1/8 chain and chainring but as Iíve had horizontal or sliding dropouts never needed to use a tensioner. Bullet proof.

The only exception was on an old Kona I built. Used the On-one doofer which was fine.

Whatever tensioner you use check what chain it can be used with.

IIRC the doofer doesnít work with a 9 speed, think I ended up using an 8 speed.

If you want a 1/8 chainring Goldtech do one for about £25 which you can just attach to your existing crank arms.
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Re: Singlespeed conversion

Post  steve on 2009-12-10, 14:08

Jase,

You're a star - that's just what I needed. I've found a Goldtech ring for £20 will go for that. I'm a heavy rider so need all the strength I can get!

Cheers,

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Re: Singlespeed conversion

Post  Kal on 2009-12-12, 13:58

For all things single speed look on Charlie the Bikemongers website! I used his tensioners he sells on there with my Scott scale 40 to great effect! Very Happy

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