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surley singleator vs. soulcraft convert(5 posts)

surley singleator vs. soulcraft convertblownpupil
May 28, 2003 1:27 PM
which is better to switch road frame (vert dropouts) to singlespeed? Any opinions?
Try going without one first and see if you get lucky.Aztec
May 28, 2003 2:07 PM
I never tried either on my MTB. I was using an old deraileur at first but then figured out I could run 34/18 without a tensioner if I filed just a bit out of my dropouts (steel frame).

It's so much nicer than having to run a tensioner. From what I've seen/heard/witnessed none of them seem to work that well and it's much more quiet without one. Not to mention much cooler looking.
check this outgtx
May 28, 2003 6:00 PM
re: surley singleator vs. soulcraft converttimfire
May 28, 2003 5:24 PM
While I don't have direct experience with either, I can say that the Surly seems to be the industry-standard chain tensioner. It also has the option of pushing the chain up, versus pulling it down (don't know about the Soulcraft). That way it engages more teeth, thus adding mechanical effeciency and helping to prevent the chain from jumping. It's also cheaper.

Ask on the fixed gear forum, I bet there will be people there who have had experience with both of them.

re: Soulcraft or old rear der.teoteoteo
May 29, 2003 4:58 AM
Having the unfortunate cirmcumstance of using the Surly I would have to say try using an old Der. or the Soulcraft. I found 2 shortcomings to the Surly. The first was that it did not create enough chain tension and the second was that under heavier pedal pressure it would flex and the chain start to make noises that made me cringe.

I had an old XTR around and slapped it on, all the issues were gone. I have seen the Soulcraft piece and it seems to me that it was more well made than the Surly, if I recall correctly it was more expensive so it should be better made....