Our chief wheelbuilder has been threatening to build a new singlespeed for years now. He considers his ’08 Santa Cruz Chameleon to be the finest handling hardtail he’s ever ridden, but it is getting long in the tooth, and those boys on 29ers just seem to be going so fast … So converting his old 29er geared hardtail makes sense, and there’s no better way to converted a geared frame to singlespeed, than to use the White Industries ENO (that’s “one” spelled backwards!) Eccentric Disc hub. The hub has an eccentric axle that allows precise chain tension adjustment, on a frame with vertical dropouts.
Of course, the build quality as as good as it gets, and they’re tough as nails as well.
On the front, the new White Industries XMR hub was chosen for it’s complimentary looks, bomber reliability and very light weight.
We custom cut Sapim Race Black spokes – taking into account hub geometry, spoke type and target tension, lacing pattern and the nipples to be used. We do this to ensure full spoke thread insertion into the nipple. Anything less, and the head is not fully supported, and can shear. That’s just not an option. Black Sapim brass nipples were used and a 3x pattern was used both front and rear.
Our favourite carbon hoop supplier helped out with a set of 440g 35mm wide 29er rims in 28 hole. Plenty for a 82kg rider.
You know who to talk to if you are converting a geared frame to singlespeed, or just need some better wheels. We are here to help.