The Sit X Bike
The ultimate SIT X bike set up.
I know some of you are ready for the Sit X, But is your bike?
I have been riding bikes since I was about 6 but the best bike i have
ever ridden has to be the simple singlespeed.
Low maintenance and easy to fix yourself.
We wont go into the frame here but a frame with horizontal dropouts is your best bet.
Sure you could go out and buy a fully built up singlespeed for about 300 quid but please dont,
I urge you to hunt down a frame and build it from scratch, Know your bike....
If you buy a fully built singlespeed it will have poor component choices that will undoubtably fail.
You'll see why with the points below.
Strong bars and stem.
A good strong stubby stem like the easton vice paired up with the easton monkeybar,
You wont go wrong with this setup.
The last bar and stem combo I was running was an X-Lite DHR-50 stem and X-lite G-Force bars,
Which I still have after 8 years of abuse.
I always run a headlock, It clamps the whole lot in one go straight through the headstock.
Lighter than discs and you can probably find a set in a sit x, Allthough if you get a good pair
like my 98 XTR's they should last you a fair while, Mine are still running.
No namby pamby suspension here, and there wont be in a sit x, A good pair of chromolly forks
will do the job when it gets rough.
Hunt down a pair of mavic D521's with quality hubs, The wheels I still run are about 10 years old,
Hubs to go for, Anything by syncros or DMR.
A raceface Turbine, Get one.
I have had some problems with them coming loose, But thats just the crank bolts and has nothing to do
with the sheer strength and quality of these cranks, A good Bottom Bracket is also a must, You can run
a UN52 for about 8 years with no hassle.
Singlespeed rear hub
I run a DMR revolver and its pretty much nuke proof, Its also about 8 years old.
Pretty much says it all, A frame with horizontal dropouts will give you total wheel alignment if used
in conjunction with some good chain tensioners and wont budge a millimeter
An 18 tooth freewheel for your rear singlespeed hub will be perfect when used with a 36 tooth middleburn front chainring,
Just be sure to get a good spacer kit with the freewheel, and also get a bmx chain
The other parts
seat, Bontrager do some good seats.
Headsets, Chris king or FSA orbit XLII, you wont go wrong with either.
Seatpost? If you cant find the right size, get a good quality smaller diameter one and buy a shim.
Pedals, DMR V8's or V12's
Some good quality knobblies like panaracer or michelin, or even nokian gazzallodis.
Any questions please ask, thank you.
[edit on 19-9-2008 by Dar Kuma]