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I've just bought a Giant once frameset with a group included, so I would rather ride that cause it's lighter and stiffer. BUT... I bought a MCR frameset, and it's sort of rare (as well as chipped) so I was thinking of converting it to a fixed, or single speed.
Anyone had any experience with the groupsets that go every now and then on the net including crank, seat, handlebars, rear cog, chain and two hubs?
I've seen them selling for around 150 to 200 bucks and wonder if they're any good.
I have a spare Sh-r500 rear wheel, so wondering if this will work ok with a single cog, is this the difference between single speed and fixed (the freewheel).
Or any other recommendations available?
Not sure if I can post a photo yet but i'll try.
Few questions here, and not entirely sure what you're asking, but I would avoid cheap as !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !! packages from the net because they're , well, !! BAN ME NOW FOR SWEARING !!. You also have to know in advance whether everything is going to fit, correct threads, diameter etc
Yes. That's the difference. That wheel is unsuitable for a fixed gear bike (without significant bodging). Do a search for Giant on the fixedgeargallery for some ideas
Do some research, learn a lot, that looks like a nice frame to make a quite unique bike. What are the rear dropouts, do they give you some adjustment for chain tension. If not, you're opening up another fair can of worms.
I had a bit of a look around and because I dont have horizontal dropouts I'd have to get a chain conversion kit, or replace the dropouts (they screw in). Theres a couple of the groupsets on ebay, but they aren't well known brands, (supreme or something).
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 0333306248
http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... 0333306773
Not sure if I will go that way. I think I can live with a freewheel until a flip flop comes around and I'd have to get rims and spokes if I got the hub kit as well as build a rim.
I saw those dmc things for conversion but if you're going for a fixie I'd think that people making fixies are trying to be purists, so i'd rather get the dropouts changed than use a kit.
1) I assume they're rear facing dropouts... get a machine shop to make up a pair with about 20mm adjustment. That'd do it.
2) White Industries ENO hub. Eccentric cam, self tensioning. Costly.
okay, 3 possibilities
3) Magic gear. Selected ratio to give right length chain for chainstay measurement. Usually involves compromise.
Dunno, my scales are busted and i'm in Townsville but it's on the Gold Coast I heard the bike was about 20.5 pounds or 9.3 kg's
http://www.bikepedia.com/Quickbike/Bike ... &Type=bike
I can't remember if I dreamed it but I think I saw someone with one around 7 ish after a rebuild. The wheels on the old MCR were pretty heavy, DP 18s or something with carbon blades.
Heard the frames heavy and light flexy, but also it's not flexy so don't know who to beleive.
Problem is, every time I search for MCR a band called My Chemical Romance has the same acronym, and apparently they're some emo band or something so when you type in Giant MCR dropout, it refers to a school dropout song.
Also theres some bike club called MCR or I bike MCR, such a pain trying to google this bike.
http://forum.dhhawaii.com/index.php?top ... Btopicseen
"Then, there's the Beach Cruiser. Giant MCR 2, 16+ lbs, Campi 10, FSA Team Pro and Ti bb, Custom Headset cups by Easton.
much love on this ride from Hawaii Kai to Kaliua, a swim and pedal back through Da Kine country."
16 pounds is 7.25 kg ish.
He's got ksyriums 1.5-1.7, record with carbon levers 2.07 kg, FSA carbon cranks (don' know if they're any lighter).
Anyway it seems like it can get light if this guy isn't full of it.
If it was mine and $$ was no concern, I would be getting it custom airbrushed. No way I would do it normally, but reckon it would suit that frame.
Yeah, it's got a lot of flat area. can't think of anything to put on there, but nothing cheesy like a dragon or ninja or something. Too many times I've seen that stuff in thailand on 2 dollar shirts.
Maybe I should ask for some design suggestions.
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