Single speed build project: The build kit part 1

I am finalising my Single speed build kit and have been finding it more difficult than what I had anticipated.
I have solved most riddles, but I still need a fork and haven't decided yet on tyres. Ideally I want a steel rigid with a 15mm axle, but that's proving a bit difficult. I have since widened my search to include any rigid fork with a tapered steerer, but even that is proving itself to be illusive. So for now, I will leave that part of the build blank. To be continued.

Frame

I have sourced and bought a Momsen STR 29 for the project.

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I was 100% convinced to strip it down and give it a spray-job until I took it out of the box and saw it in the flesh. The Momsen STR 29 is sculpted using Reynolds 520 tubing and thanks to Tange sliding dropouts allows for geared or single speed drivetrains. I like this as it future-proofs my investment should I wish to run it geared somewhere in the future.

Thanks to a 44mm oversized headtube I can run a straight or tapered steerer. Although, as mentioned, I would prefer to run a tapered steerer. Fit and finish on the frame is up to Momsen's usual high standards with lots of attention to detail. I will share more pics of the frame in my next installment.

The STR29 is available in four colours ranging from classic to funky and can be bought directly from their online store: http://momsenbikes.com/shoponline

Saddle

My saddle of choice will be a Selle Italia Shiver. In it's current form it's dressed in Troy Lee Design graphics, but it will get a completely new makeover thanks to the team at www.velobrien.com. A nip and tuck of sorts. They will also work their magic on a set of lock-on grips I have lying around.

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Wheels

The wheelset will be something from the American Classic catalogue. I am not going to run a dedicated single speed wheelset as this will limit my options in the future. I still haven't decided exactly, I have narrowed it down to either American Classic's Tubeless 29 or their latest Wide Lightning.

Tyres

I would ideally like to go with Schwalbe Kojaks or something similar, but I can't seem to find what I'm looking for in 29". The search continues.

Stem, Handlebar and Seatpost

The little OCD fella in me insists on having the stem, handlebar and seatpost come from the same family! Having searched far and wide for a handlebar and stem to suit my preference (bars must be wide and flat, stem must be short and low) I've ended up pulling the trigger on a Nukeproof handlebar, stem and seatpost in silver. Old meets new! Still waiting for it to arrive so I am unfortunately unable to share pics at the moment, but will include them in my build update next time round.

Nukeproof gear is available online from Dial'd Bikes. http://dialdbikes.co.za/nukeproof.html

Drivetrain & Brake

Single speed for the win here. I'm keeping it simple and "clean" for the most part. Parts will be a combination of old and new, with lots of elbow grease required to get it looking new and sparkly silver. The bike will be built without a front brake as I feel there won't be a need for one on this bike. Let's see how long that lasts!

Pedals?

I have something planned with the pedals, but we're not 100% sure yet that it will work. Stay tuned for more on this!

That's it for now. Any suggestions for a fork and tyres will be welcomed.

Check out the other installations: The Idea, The frame part 1, The frame part 2.






33 Comments

Shebeen, Mar 03 2014 12:01

Eish, no front brake?!

rock, Mar 03 2014 12:33

Eish, no front brake?!


ja, this parts makes me confused?

Iwan Kemp, Mar 03 2014 01:32

Eish, no front brake?!

Yip

ja, this parts makes me confused?


It'll all make sense soon enough.

Hairy, Mar 03 2014 03:20

you getting one of those adaptors that can turn a rear disc hub into a fixed hub if you turn the wheel around?

like this .... http://www.fixedgear...omchow/dischub/
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Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Mar 03 2014 03:23

You mean a flip flop hub?

Iwan Kemp, Mar 03 2014 03:23

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Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Mar 03 2014 03:24

If you read the post again, hairy, he says he's not going for a ss specific wheel for futureproofing. So I would expect a normal hub with spacers...

the nerd, Mar 03 2014 03:26

You mean a flip flop hub?


Not quite but similar...

Shebeen, Mar 03 2014 03:27

Yip



It'll all make sense soon enough.

retro rockets?

(once had to do ~300km of a loong adventure race with no rear brake, if i could only have 1 brake, i would pick the front)

rock, Mar 03 2014 03:30

I also though he was going off road fixed, but he says no front brake, tat would require no rear brake.......i'm more confused.

rumor has it my singlespeed build will have 2 brakes......

Flowta, Mar 03 2014 03:33

If you read the post again, hairy, he says he's not going for a ss specific wheel for futureproofing. So I would expect a normal hub with spacers...


You don't need a SS specific hub for those fixie sprockets Hairy posted

Ryanpmb, Mar 03 2014 03:34

Urban monster cruiser much?...

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Mar 03 2014 03:37

Not quite but similar...


Oh now that is neat... just had a closer look...

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Mar 03 2014 03:38

Not quite but similar...


Oh now that is neat... just had a closer look...

the nerd, Mar 03 2014 03:51

Oh now that is neat... just had a closer look...


They very cool, guys mainly use them for Fixed MTB

Hairy, Mar 03 2014 03:55

You mean a flip flop hub?

If you read the post again, hairy, he says he's not going for a ss specific wheel for futureproofing. So I would expect a normal hub with spacers...

Oh now that is neat... just had a closer look...

read s l o w l y cpt

Flowta, Mar 03 2014 04:00

read s l o w l y cpt


Actually, he only needs to look at the pictures :ph34r:

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Mar 03 2014 05:30

read s l o w l y cpt


Lol. Yeah. I was in the middle of a wiring issue at home. Bloody plugs switch kept tripping and there are 3 rooms in the one circuit. Traced it down to a severed conduit between 2 plug points. Luckily it was the last plugpoint in the one room. Absolute bitch to diagnose and trace.

Iwan Kemp, Mar 04 2014 09:53

Lol. Yeah. I was in the middle of a wiring issue at home. Bloody plugs switch kept tripping and there are 3 rooms in the one circuit. Traced it down to a severed conduit between 2 plug points. Luckily it was the last plugpoint in the one room. Absolute bitch to diagnose and trace.


Sounds like a killer night out!

marko35s, Mar 04 2014 10:16

Sounds like a killer night out!

Nah, he had a shocking time...

Hairy, Mar 04 2014 11:29

Nah, he had a shocking time...

I thought he was "tripping"

marko35s, Mar 04 2014 11:30

I thought he was "tripping"

He was amped for sure.

Hairy, Mar 04 2014 11:33

He was amped for sure.

I think he just ended up in the dark

marko35s, Mar 04 2014 11:34

I think he just ended up in the dark

Watt could you mean...

Hairy, Mar 04 2014 11:37

Watt could you mean...

watt I mean is that if we keep this up we could see sparks flying