Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby djdan on Wed 14/Jan/09 1:20pm

i have a 2005 model stp and have just found out my drivetrain needs replacing.
i use it mostly for freeride dirt jumping and bmx.
it currently has a shimano 8 speed cassette and derailleur
should i go for a single speed or multi speed system?
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby psychavoc on Wed 14/Jan/09 1:28pm

djdan wrote:i have a 2005 model stp and have just found out my drivetrain needs replacing.
i use it mostly for freeride dirt jumping and bmx.
it currently has a shimano 8 speed cassette and derailleur
should i go for a single speed or multi speed system?

Keep the gears :) Otherwise you'll be spinning like a mad thing trying to get up to speed to make it over a jump..
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby thorg on Wed 14/Jan/09 1:46pm

psychavoc wrote:
djdan wrote:i have a 2005 model stp and have just found out my drivetrain needs replacing.
i use it mostly for freeride dirt jumping and bmx.
it currently has a shimano 8 speed cassette and derailleur
should i go for a single speed or multi speed system?

Keep the gears :) Otherwise you'll be spinning like a mad thing trying to get up to speed to make it over a jump..
. . . . if you pick the wrong ratio.

Just talk to the locals who ride the area you do. In most cases you will find people who do what you do with just one gear - find what ratio they are using and copy it. Gears are nice, they make things easy, but they are not always necessary. there are plenty of people around with one gear riding bigger/better/faster than those with gears.

Worst that can happen? you dont like SS riding and you put gears back on. the cost is 1x DX rear cog, use your deraileur as the tension device, grab some spacers from the LBS, and shorten your chain. Thats change from $20 to try it out, if you like, go to a dedicated setup later - otherwise return to gears :)
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby j2hyde on Wed 14/Jan/09 1:57pm

Quite the SS salesman...
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby thorg on Wed 14/Jan/09 2:00pm

once ridden, it sells itself :)
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby BrentD on Wed 14/Jan/09 8:10pm

j2hyde wrote:Quite the SS salesman...

Such good advice I'm tempted to give it a go on my hardtail to see what the fuss is about. Cheers Thorg. :love:
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby PhilterNZ on Thu 15/Jan/09 7:34am

you know you want to Brent....

I should be back regular riding now, so if you want to swap bikes for a ride and take the DMR for a good spin let me know.
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby specializedman on Thu 15/Jan/09 10:56am

An 8 speed shimano cassette and chain will cost fuck all to replace so I would definitely stick with gears.
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby bugle on Thu 15/Jan/09 11:04am

Stick with the 8sp

My STP0 has 9 spd SRAM, I'm thinking about one of these 2 speed Truvativ crank/bb setups to get more climbing or descending ratios
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby its that guy on Sun 26/Jul/09 6:39pm

I like gears cos when your spinning in ss for a bigger jump you can loose your footing on the pedals and you crash... :(
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby thorg on Mon 27/Jul/09 10:58am

clips would fix that :D

nice thread dredge :)
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby the-right-to-evolve on Tue 28/Jul/09 5:47pm

single speed!

single speed!

single speed!

single speed!

single speed!



i have no more to say :D
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby joeseppyseptic on Sat 12/Dec/09 10:57am

I concur.

Single Speed!

Only run gears if you ride a bike up hills wearing spandex. If your sitting down, you just don't get it
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby slidecontrol on Sat 12/Dec/09 11:05am

re-dredge? :exclaim:
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Re: Single Or Multi-speed?

Postby hsv5 on Thu 17/Dec/09 8:57am

single speed will cost less to maintain than an 8spd cassette so just go single speed. it will save you money and weight!!!!!!
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