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Single speed rigid?

Postby drubie » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:34 pm

Stupid question time.

Tip shop guy was having his annual clearout and amongst the massive pile of Huffy (I figure that's the plural) I spot an Apollo Expression. Medium size (so a touch small for me but whatever) with the mega bonus of a disk mount. It has the odd ding which I've already metal puttied to good effect. Thinking about matt black...

Anyway, I figure I can buy some rigid forks and make a single speed out of it with my soon-to-be-surplus stars circles wheels and FSA crank (mmm, new year upgrades for the Norco) - plan to make a kind of urban assault vehicle / grownups BMX. Stupid? Or cunning as a rat? Anybody done something similar? Tyre suggestions?
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby trailgumby » Sat Dec 31, 2011 8:43 pm

Will it fit 2.4" tyres? I'm thinking a MTB/Trials hybrid with a slammed saddle and 8" disc rotors. ;) You know you want to. :mrgreen:
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby drubie » Sat Dec 31, 2011 9:08 pm

trailgumby wrote:Will it fit 2.4" tyres? I'm thinking a MTB/Trials hybrid with a slammed saddle and 8" disc rotors. ;) You know you want to. :mrgreen:


OH YEAH!

There looks to be a fair bit of clearance...would depend on the fork I guess. I wonder if those ebay "Mosso" forks would squeeze a 2.4

edit: Trials bike suggestion winnah! Thanks trailgumby, that term brought up a tonne of stuff to drool over e.g.:

http://www.tartybikes.co.uk/
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby Mulger bill » Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:29 pm

Ohhh, liking the look of the CF fork for me commuter... Will have to check the axle-crown to be sure a 700c with 28mm tyre will fit...

Waaay short of a trials skillset but urban assault is always high end fun :twisted:
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby drubie » Sun Jan 01, 2012 8:22 am

Some neat part at tartybikes MB - certainly plenty to drool over.

I gotta ask trailgumby, why no front brakes on lots of these bikes and whats with the slammed saddle look? Must make it tough to ride any distance
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby Nobody » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:50 am

Surly 1 X 1 does up to 2.7" tyres.
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby mitzikatzi » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:10 am

Time to head on down to the skate/bike park for a look.

No front brake lets you "spin" the front wheel while your in the "air" doing tricks/jumps etc. The rear brake lets you do awsome skids :lol:

With the "slammed" seat I am not you are meant to ride any distance just enough to be able to ride to the bike park or local shops.
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby trailgumby » Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:28 pm

The seat is low because it's for controlling the bike in flight, not for sitting on ;) but the bikes that don't have brakes on the front are Dirt Jump bikes rather than trials bikes. Front brakes are quite important on trials bikes
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Re: Single speed rigid?

Postby Nobody » Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:52 pm

Low saddles height also prevents you from going OTB on a steep decent. IMO the most practical way to do this is with a dropper seatpost, but they don't appear to do rear offset posts and they are too expensive (for me).
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