A while back, I bought a Motobecane
29er frame off of eBay, with thoughts of building up a fixed gear monstercrosser
from it. These Motobecanes are made in Taiwan
, apparently by Kinesis
. It is badged as an Outcast 29, but am frankly confused by this.
The Outcast 29
has track ends, and uses V-brakes. The Outcast 29 frames for sale (cheap) on eBay have sliding vertical drops and are disc-only. This is what I bought. Of course, two minutes after hitting the Buy It Now button, it flashed on me that I couldn't run the 29er flip-flop wheels I was planning on, because they aren't disc-compatible (obviously).
So, back to eBay for a set of singlespeed
29er disc wheels. The 29er single speed wheels all use a freehub
body, similar to the old Shimano DX BMX
cassette hubs. There is no real good way to turn that into a fixed gear without irreparable
damage to the cassette body, so I resigned myself to running freewheel.
I built it up with some Performance disc brakes, a carbon handlebar and old XT
v-brake levers, and single-speeded xt
crank (from my Trek STP
I had built up, last year), plus my VooDoo fork from the 69er.
Didn't like it.
I rode it around town, and just couldn't warm up to the whole freewheel singlespeed
thing. I don't mind spinning out on a fixed gear, but having to coast all the time on the spinny
So, back to the drawing board. I started eying the freehub
on the wheel, and it occurred to me that I had a lot of spacers on there to get the chain line straight. I took the cog and spacers off, got out the box of orphan cogs, and started playing around. Half an hour later, with the addition of a beat-up old XT
derailleur and a SunTour
front shifter mounted upside down on the right-hand side of the handlebar, I had a functional 3-speed.
I still didn't like the handlebar, though. So, I fitted my On-One Mungo
(mustache-style) bar and some modified Tektro
brake levers. Now, at least, it looks cool and gives me the riding position I prefer on a singlespeed
/fixed gear bike, offroad
The bike is currently shod with the 2-inch streetish
tires I had attempted to shoehorn into the '84 Stumpy when I was trying to build it into a Monstercrosser
. I have a set of knobbier offroad
tires which are soon to be fitted.
I covered up the brand and model name on the frame. I consider it to just be a Kenesis
frame, since the only thing that makes it a "Motobecane
" is the parts spec.
When I swapped bars, the shifter cable came up a bit short. I'll swap it out, soon, so that the shifter can be moved a tad closer to the brake lever.
Eight-speed spacing, 8-speed chain. I might have been able to get 4 speeds out of it
if I had used 9-speed spacers, but this was definitely a "whatever's
in the parts box" sort of build. Besides: Low, medium and high are really all you need! Right?
crank, with only the 32-tooth ring.
The original shifter position on the carbon bar.
I hope to get the bike out on the trail, soon (it's a little snowy for that, this weekend). If it works out as well as I hope, I plan on using it for something pretty cool (more on that, later).
If not, I actually found a disc mount which threads onto the freewheel side of a flip-flop wheel, and ordered it. If the spacing actually works out (the spacers are sold for chopper/lowrider guys to mount up discs) this may end up as a disc-equipped fixed gear mountain bike, yet.