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Which single speed conversion?
#1
Right, the Kraken is suffering from self-destructing shifters so I have 3 choices:

1. Attempt to fix shifters and enjoy. If they explode then move to 2. below.
2. Replace shifters - prob. best to replace brake and shifter levers as a pack at around £30.
3. Go single-speed and ditch the shifters and mechs... bit if I do that, what do I need to look out for? I presume I need a tensioner to keep the chain on as I have vertical dropouts? What kind of ratio is sensbile for mixed suirfaces.... or do I just try what I've got (before shifters explode) and count teeth?!
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#2
go singlespeed, it's fun and cheap.
Use this

http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_i...cts_id=266

and this

http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_i...cts_id=268

and you're sorted.

This is how I did mine and I think Nick as well, adjust the hanger so it is as near to horizontal as possible, it reduces skipping. Get the chainline as straight as possible as that will help too. What is your middle ring? I'm running 32x16 but it's only good offroad and messing about, for commuting you'd want a higher gearing.
Keep it foolish...
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#3
"alkali" Wrote:go singlespeed, it's fun and cheap.
Use this

http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_i...cts_id=266

and this

http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_i...cts_id=268

and you're sorted.

This is how I did mine and I think Nick as well, adjust the hanger so it is as near to horizontal as possible, it reduces skipping. Get the chainline as straight as possible as that will help too. What is your middle ring? I'm running 32x16 but it's only good offroad and messing about, for commuting you'd want a higher gearing.

What he said. Ss is good fun as a second bike
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#4
DMR SS kit on STW

Be Quick
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#5
Hmm, i now have a spare set of forks and the old Kraken frame uselessly taking up space in the garage, a spare set of brakes and some old cranks... tempting Wink
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#6
"alkali" Wrote:go singlespeed, it's fun and cheap.
Use this

http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_i...cts_id=266

and this

http://superstar.tibolts.co.uk/product_i...cts_id=268

and you're sorted.

This is how I did mine and I think Nick as well, adjust the hanger so it is as near to horizontal as possible, it reduces skipping. Get the chainline as straight as possible as that will help too. What is your middle ring? I'm running 32x16 but it's only good offroad and messing about, for commuting you'd want a higher gearing.

Was looking at similar kits on fleabay yesterday. I'll have to drag it out of the shed and take a look at what's on it... this will be for leisure/training and it's hilly round here so won't be going silly on gearing just yet. Will use for commuting later or replace with a proper lightweight singlespeed as the Kraken frame is CroMoly so a bit weighty!
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#7
"Treehugger" Wrote:Hmm, i now have a spare set of forks and the old Kraken frame uselessly taking up space in the garage, a spare set of brakes and some old cranks... tempting Wink

It's fate Andy!
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#8
Odd that someone who has complained about knee issues in the past would be considering a SS  :Smile
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#9
"MudMonkey" Wrote:It's fate Andy!

Yeah I might do it. All I need is a dirt cheap set of wheels, although front will have to be 20mm. Got an old saddle and post, oh will need a spek and bars too. It would only be my Blean training bike though, anywhere else and it would kill me!
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#10
"Breezer" Wrote:Odd that someone who has complained about knee issues in the past would be considering a SS  :Smile

Who was that aimed at? My knee has been ok for ages, last time it gave Mr major jip was about 2 years ago so should he ok.
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