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Tensioner questionsTUT2222
Jun 27, 2003 9:52 AM
I'm converting my mtb to a SS for the road, and after all the screwing around with different issues the latest one is I am using a 42/18 combo to start off with, and the chain is too tight to not use a tensioner. The next problem may be that I bought a Singulator to accomodate this, but I have to have the chain about 2 links too long and it really hangs down. Will the tensioner take up all this slack? I know I could try a different cog, but I got a Shimano BMX, and they are not made in a 17. Also, I am in a hurry to try this thing out, and am losing what little patience I have to wait for more parts. The chainstay is 17", and the cranks are 170, btw.
re: Tensioner questionsLC
Jun 27, 2003 12:55 PM
If you can get the chain tight without the Singulator then just go with it like that.

Try to get a accurate measurement from the center of the BB to the center of the rear hub and use a little program called fixmeup so you don't have to guess which gears will work.
Surly Singulator Push vs. Pulltriangleforge
Jul 1, 2003 10:59 AM
You can also try the Singulator in the pushing-up mode; they come with two different springs. I think mine came with the pulling-down spring installed, even though they strongly recommend that you run it the other way.

Pushing-up will engage at least two or three more teeth in the freewheel (a good thing), and looks better, I think.