Thursday, February 5, 2009

Jenson USA free single speed SS

so here is a more detailed report of my new SS.

aluminum jenson usa 17" frame
richey wsc pro seatpost
thompson stem
specialized rival saddle
easton 50 bars
avid mechanical brakes
celtic grips
fox talas fork
dt swiss 5.1 rims
dt swiss huigi hubs
kenda blue groove specials(pro weight and casing)
carank brothers C smarty pedals
race face xc evolve cranks and bb
sette gear spacer and chain tensioner
8" hayes rotors

here is sthe single speed chainline that is manditory if you are posting pics of your bike. don't want the SS police to come down on me.....

the weight came out to 23lbs, which is not bad if you think that its mostly mid-value parts that are quite stout. i could drop 5 lbs if i put a carbon fiber fork and another 2 with lighter cranks, bars and saddle.
the ride is acceptable and perfect for training and rides at the dog park.
have the ability to change the fork length works in my favor for climbing. at 160mm it puts alot of traction on the rear wheel and incase i take a wrong turn and have to descend a rock garden i won't have to walk.
140mm length won't see much use. but at 120mm the frame feels balanced and alive.
its still a challange going between a 26" wheel and a 29er.
the 29" wheel is sooo advantagous in rougher terrain and make climbing steep trails easier for me as i am getting more traction. a belt drive TI 29er is in the works, but much further down the year.
we will see how much use this will get in the summer. it could be a good trials bike as well, but a bit heavy with the talas fork.