My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed?

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My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed?

Postby mpatts » Wed May 22, 2013 12:53 pm

I ride my road bike mostly, but decided to push the MTB (an on-one inbred) out of the shed and ride it up the woods. I had a whale of a time, but:

1) The rear derailleur clatters around like nobodies business
2) The shocks (Tora 318) need a service

So, my thoughts are, given that all the kit on it is about 7 years old now:

1) Put a carbon fork on
2) Convert to singlespeed.

Sound like a plan? Any ideas how to go about it?
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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby The Rookie » Wed May 22, 2013 12:55 pm

Fit a chainstay protector.

Service forks (1 hour at most and cost you about £10)

Simples innit!

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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby mpatts » Wed May 22, 2013 13:02 pm

The Beginner wrote:Fit a chainstay protector.

Service forks (1 hour at most and cost you about £10)

Simples innit!


Already have a chainstay protecter, its literally the mech that clatters around. Amazingly, it is still perfectly indexed (testimony to my mechanical skills no doubt).

I always thought fork servicing was an expensive business?
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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby The Rookie » Wed May 22, 2013 13:10 pm

Nope, read manual, get right fork oil to refresh, basic tools, all that is needed for a service, a tune is different.

I even cheated once and serviced mine without taking the forks off the bike first, just removed wheel and brake caliper, but to be honest not sure I saved much time given the hassle it was then to empty oil out the uppers while attached to the remaining 7.5Kg of bike!

When you say mech clatters around, not sure what you mean, sounds like chain slap?

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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby lostboysaint » Wed May 22, 2013 13:15 pm

Either the rear mech is fubarr'd then, which would also manifest itself in other ways as well, or it's chain slap.

That and get your forks serviced!

I ran a 1x9 Inbred for years with a freebie MBUK chainstay protector and the very old (circa 01) XT rear mech never caused me any issues at all.

I'm running the same mech and chainstay protector on the Inbred 29 now and STILL no problems.
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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby estampida » Wed May 22, 2013 13:24 pm

yes, its only £20 or so to make the bike considerably simpler and cleaner (not to mention the weight loss)

check down below for kit
http://www.superstarcomponents.com/

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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby Thewaylander » Wed May 22, 2013 13:39 pm

Single speed is silly so no,

service your shocks and get a clutch rear mech solved.


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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby andrewgrundill » Wed May 22, 2013 15:54 pm

my local bike specialist shop will service front suspension forks for £12 + vat

and the entire bike for £30+vat

minus the cost of parts if you bike parts need changing

not sure if this is a good deal or not either way

still cheaper then new forks

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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby mpatts » Wed May 22, 2013 16:55 pm

I might ride it till the bits fall off and take it from there.

It's an Xt rear mech - don;t remember fitting it!
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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby cooldad » Wed May 22, 2013 17:10 pm

andrewgrundill wrote:my local bike specialist shop will service front suspension forks for £12 + vat

and the entire bike for £30+vat

minus the cost of parts if you bike parts need changing

not sure if this is a good deal or not either way

still cheaper then new forks

So if they fit parts worth more than £30 they pay you? Excellent deal.
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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby andrewgrundill » Wed May 22, 2013 17:28 pm

cooldad wrote:
andrewgrundill wrote:my local bike specialist shop will service front suspension forks for £12 + vat

and the entire bike for £30+vat

the cost of parts if you bike parts need changing

not sure if this is a good deal or not either way

still cheaper then new forks

So if they fit parts worth more than £30 they pay you? Excellent deal.



I didn't word that well

£30+ vat + price of new parts

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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby cooldad » Wed May 22, 2013 18:15 pm

Yeah, your sneaky edit doesn't help because I have the proof.
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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby paul.skibum » Fri May 24, 2013 08:24 am

Thewaylander wrote:Single speed is silly so no,

service your shocks and get a clutch rear mech solved.


+1 - singlespeed is a great way of ensuring you never have the right gear for the given circumstances you find yourself in.
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Re: My Inbred is a bag of spanners - should I go Singlespeed

Postby mpatts » Tue May 28, 2013 16:19 pm

paul.skibum wrote:
Thewaylander wrote:Single speed is silly so no,

service your shocks and get a clutch rear mech solved.


+1 - singlespeed is a great way of ensuring you never have the right gear for the given circumstances you find yourself in.


I suppose I should say in advance that I am a bit SS fan....but also a cheapskate. WIll try and fix it.
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