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« on: September 26, 2015, 01:57:43 PM »

Any suggestions for a singlespeed cog for use at Saw Wee Kee?

I'm converting my 26" Gary Fisher to singlespeed. I have a Ferrous frame, which has an eccentric bottom bracket, so the conversion won't be too difficult. I plan to get a SS crankset with 180mm arms and 32T.

Not sure what cog size to get and would appreciate any advice from singlespeed Saw Wee Kee riders.
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2015, 08:24:29 PM »

I ride 29ers out there.  32x18 and 35x20. On a 26" 32x16 is pretty close, but it will be a steep learning curve. (Pun intended).   If you could come up with a 18 for your first time or two out, it might be a little more fun, until you get the hang of it.  SWK was made for SS, you will love it. Just remember momentum is your friend.
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« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2015, 09:54:05 PM »

32x16 on my 26er feels pretty good at saw squeaks.
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« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2015, 08:41:38 AM »

I'm running 32:18 or 34:19 on a 29er at both Palos and SWK.  Expressed in gain ratios, it would be 3.7 and 3.8 respectively.
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2015, 09:33:40 AM »

I was running a 32x18 (on a 29er) and it was pretty easy gearing for saw wee kee but anything smaller than that and my cadence would get up to around 200rpms on the flats just to go around 12mph. I've recently setup my singlespeed as a drop bar fixed gear running 32x16 so we will see how that goes.

One thing to keep in mind with the longer crank arms is that you run the chance of bottoming them out on rocks and roots on the trail. If you are always ok with coasting mid-stroke with your legs at 9 and 3 then that's fine but if you like to mash through the rough stuff you run a higher risk of striking a pedal.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2015, 09:42:24 AM »

If you've got an old cassette you can usually try out a few different sized cogs since the smaller ones usually aren't attached to the bigger spindle. (if you are going the route of using a standard geared hub and spacers vs the singlespeed specific hub)
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2015, 11:53:50 AM »

I'd suggest starting with 32x18 on a 26er at SWK. Get used to it & go from there. I think I was running 32x17before I switched to a 29er.
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2015, 11:41:31 AM »

On my rss 26, i run a 32/17. I also run a 3speed internal with the same.
Of coarse on my RSS20, I run a 44/16
On the R2S20, I run a 45/16,18
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