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Old 06-24-2009, 12:36 AM   #8
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2017 WRX


Originally Posted by PGT View Post
the diff between frame/fork and full single spd version is $300. still make sense to build up from the frame?

any thoughts on internally geared hubs? I've seen very cheap stuff with coaster brakes for $100 (wheel/hub/shifter) and pricey stuff like Shimano's Alfine hub. I like the idea of the internal gearing as the chain is simpler to deal with.
Go with the single speed version if you are going with an internal gear hub. Otherwise, it's a toss up really. With a single speed to geared conversion, you're going to need a crank, chain, rear wheel, cassette, rear derailleur and shifter. To build from a frame, add headset, stem, handlebars, bar wrap, brakes, brake levers, front wheel and tires. For the $300 difference, you can get pretty decent stuff instead of the extremely entry level stuff the single speed comes with.

I personally don't like IGH. It felt like it was literally sapping my energy. Like having the chain tension too tight on a singlespeed.
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