Nashbar Single-Speed Kit

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Nashbar Single-Speed Kit
Convert nearly any modern bike to a single-speed bike. Our kit has everything you need to take those gears off the back, and lets you keep using your existing chain and chainring.
  • Our kit includes spring chain tensioner with adjustable chain line, all the spacers you need in 2 different widths to fine tune your chain line, 14t, 15t, and 16t cogs, and Shimano-compatible lockring
  • Fits all Shimano 7/8/9-speed compatible freehubs
  • We even include some handy instructions to get you started
Nashbar Single-Speed Kit
  • WEIGHT NA
  • MATERIAL Steel
  • COMPATIBILITY Shimano 8-speed freehubs
  • SIZE 1 NA
  • SIZE 2 NA
  • SIZE 3 NA
  • SIZE 4 NA
  • SIZE 5 NA
  • SIZE 6 NA
  • Rating 3.5

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Nashbar Single-Speed Kit
 
3.3

(based on 19 reviews)

68%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (11)
  • Mountain biking (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (12), Casual/ recreational (3), Commuter (3)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (17)

Reviewed by 19 customers

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2.0

Not for bumpy trails/roads.

By Karl

from Northern Virginia

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

      Selected this product to get into SS mode quickly and cheaply. I found 2 issues with the design of this product. First, the jockey pulley on the tensioner is threaded WITH the rotation, so it is prone to come unscrewed. Use medium strength thread locker to keep it from unwinding itself. Second, the guide that keeps the chain on the pulley is grabbed by the chain as you go over bumps. This tendency also contributed to the jockey pulley coming unscrewed. If you have it thread locked and tight, the next victim will be your derailleur hanger.
      Find another solution.

      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed Oriented
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Been using this for about 4 years, works great

      By Don C. from NJ

      from Central NJ

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Simple
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Commuting/City
        • Flat Trails
        • Nyc

        Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

        I installed this on an old hard tail Mountain bike i have owned since 1995 with a single speed chain and 32 tooth front crank. I use the 16 tooth sprocket in the rear and 26X1.95 tires and can cruise about 15+/-mph on the street. Perfect setup for some basic hard packed trails.

        ***My only advice would be to adjust it almost parallel with the bottom tube on your bike frame with tension pushing down, not out as the instruction would state or else the chain will skin on hard pedaling if the rear sprocket isn't making enough contact with the chain***

        • Cycling Style:
        • Comfort Oriented
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Pretty Excellent

        By Johnnie O.

        from Chicago, IL

        About Me Competitive Cyclist

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Commuting/City
          • SSCX

          Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

          I needed to convert a CX rig for SSCX and chose this unit for its versatility. It did not disappoint.

          I've done this sort of thing before so I didn't bother to read the directions. Based on the number of complaints, I've got a few suggestions:
          * The spacers are a little unusual. The thin ones aren't 1/2 the thickness of the wide ones, so there's a good chance you'll have to play around with spacers to get a good chainline. By "good", I mean "as exact as possible".
          * The chain tensioner probably needs more tension than you think. Loosen the tensioner from the dropout, then use a 15mm cone wrench to rotate the tensioner to make the chain pretty tight. Seriously, you want to feel just the slightest bit of resistance when you backpedal. Then tighten it down.
          * That 11-speed or single-speed chain won't work. Seriously, man. Stop it. Get a 9-speed chain and you're set.
          * The sprockets that come with the set will likely gouge your freehub. That's just physics. A wider aluminum one will not and is a great investment.

          • Cycling Style:
          • Speed Oriented
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          It works.

          By Cooper Trooper

          from Atlanta, Georgia

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Commuting/City
            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

            The spacers work great and lined up my chain perfectly. The chain tensioner, on the other hand, simply works. I had the chain come off a few times in the beginning but after I made a few adjustments and put locktight on the bolts it has worked fine.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Useless tensioner, the rest is useful.

            By Jake

            from Pittsburgh

            About Me Avid Cyclist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Parts Are Useful

            Cons

            • Broken From The Start
            • Crooked
            • Poor Construction
            • Tensioner Non-functional

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

              The tensioner is totally crooked and useless. The wheel is not straight, so the chain jumps and grinds horribly. Impossible to set up properly. If you want to pay way too much for gears and spacers, get this, but don't expect to use the tensioner.

              • Cycling Style:
              • Speed Oriented
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Works Great on MTB

              By JDECho

              from Minneapolis

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Pros

              • Low price

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Commuting/City
                • Mountain Biking
                • Road Biking

                Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                I put this on my son's 24 inch wheeled mtb as he doesn't do so well shifting on hills etc... Easy to install and have had no trouble with it but I can see some reviewers points on adjusting the chainline to the outer edge (fixed wheelset). It may not hold up... But for my son's bike it works as it should and I am planning on buying again for my own roadie conversion.

                • Cycling Style:
                • Speed Oriented
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Great Value

                By Hickcommuter

                from Nebraska

                About Me Commuter

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to install
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Commuting/City
                  • Mountain Biking

                  Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                  Installed on my old Trek racing bike built into a commuter. I have several miles on it now and am very satisfied. Will tell over time how durable it is, so it may eventually earn five stars, but so far it has been perfect for my commuter build.

                  • Cycling Style:
                  • Speed Oriented
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Looked great, but...

                  By Hans

                  from LaPlace, LA

                  About Me Casual/ Recreational

                  Pros

                    Cons

                    • Poor Construction

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                      Due to spacing, I needed to but a little tension on the chain to convert to a road frame to a single speed. I am running a track wheelset, so the cog is set in a ways. The mechanism sits out quite a ways, in part due to the spring, so the pulley arm was about maxed out. When putting any sort of torch on the drive train, the chain would slip. I tried several different things to get it to work properly, different chains and chain lengths. Finally scrapped it. I recently put it on another frame, with the same drive train, and had the same problem. So I removed the spring and put the pulley in a fixed position, and now it's working fine. It also moved the mechanism several millimeters closer to the drive train, which helps too.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      3.0

                      good value for parts

                      By alex

                      from everywhere, USA

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                      • Poor Construction

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                        the tensioner is pretty useless, pretty loose fitting. Just not really a good idea to begin with. The spacers and cogs make it worth the price though

                        • Cycling Style:
                        • Speed Oriented
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        1.0

                        Not worth 1/2 the sale price I am afraid

                        By Sparky

                        from Portland, OR

                        About Me Avid Cyclist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                        The arm of singulator type part had WAY TO MUCH play allowing pully to go off axis with cogs from even light tension alone. Nor positive, looked used to me as well. Pass on this Nashbar part and get the real deal from Surly would be my advise after wasting [$] and change with shipping, and that was the sale price.Sorry to be so crass, but simply the truth from where I wrench...

                        • Cycling Style:
                        • Speed Oriented
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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