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
  • MFPARTNUMBER 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

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Nashbar Single-Speed Kit
 
3.3

(based on 16 reviews)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Versatile (4)

Cons

  • Poor quality (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Commuting/city (9)
  • Mountain biking (4)
    • Cycling Style:
    • Speed oriented (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (10), Casual/ recreational (3), Commuter (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

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3.0

It works.

By Cooper Trooper

from Atlanta, Georgia

About Me Casual/ Recreational

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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

    Comment on this review

     
    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

      Comment on this review

       
      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

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        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

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          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.

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              • No

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              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

                Comment on this review

                 
                1.0

                Not worth 1/2 the sale price I am afraid

                By Sparky

                from Portland, OR

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      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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                      1.0

                      Complete piece of junk!

                      By N/A

                      from Anchorage, AK

                      About Me Avid Cyclist

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Heavy
                        • Poor Construction

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                          First of all I waited 19 days to receive this order because Nashbar uses FedEx Smart Post Which is basically USPS's slowest shipping method. They use the FedEx name to fool you because a FedEx driver will physicall drive the package accross the country. Make no mistake, the item will be delivered by USPS. Had Nashbar used USPS flat rate mailing i would have received the item in 4-6 days and shipping cost on a 1.9 ld package would have been $5.95 instead on $8.99.As for the item itself. I already have it repackage and waiting to be sent back to nashbar. The pully mechanism/chain rings do not work together. THe pully cuide cage rubs the chain and make a god awful noise no matter how you try to adjust it. The single speed chain i purchased in the same order, would not work along with an Ultegra 8 and 9 speed chain. Even made a special trip to [@]for a cheapo chain to troubleshoot. I have build over 20 bikes from scratch in the last 10 years and never have i encounter such a worthless part. Save yourself time and move and avoid this part as well as Nashbar if they continue to use FedEx Smartpost.

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

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                          4.0

                          Great kit

                          By unikid

                          from newbedford ma

                          About Me Avid Cyclist

                          Pros

                          • Easy to install

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Commuting/City

                            Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                            I used this on an old cannondale 7 speed shimano cassette,everything fit perfect,I also used the tensioner,also easy to install,you do need to have cassette remover tool,my local bike shop removed cassette for 5 dollars

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

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                            5.0

                            Good choice

                            By Topcat

                            from N Kingstown, RI

                            About Me Avid Cyclist

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Commuting/City

                              Comments about Nashbar Single-Speed Kit:

                              I wanted to take an old mountain bike that had seen better days and use it around town. The kit was easy to install and works great.

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

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