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SS spacer kits?

Old 05-16-19, 09:52 PM
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SS spacer kits?

I have been running a Nashbar steel CX bike as a SS with the 9-sp rear wheel that came with the bike + Surly Singlator and have been happy with it. I have been using cassette spacers with a cog out of a cassette, but would like to go with a little more formal setup with a thicker cog (to avoid digging into/damaging the hub body).

I see that I have a few options with SS spacer kits:
  • Chris King - Looks like they still make these; King Cog with spacers for $120.
  • Surly - Spacer kit then have to buy a Surly cog separately - $70-80 for spacers and cog.
  • Wheels Mfg. - They have a tapered kit that looks quite nice (cog is included but looks to be skinny - $35) and a kit that is just spacers ($25)
The King kit would be sweet but hard to justify the cost. I'm deciding between a Surly setup and the offerings from Wheels Mfg. Does anyone have any experience with both and can comment?

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Old 05-17-19, 01:27 PM
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Been running the Surly spacers/cog on my Cross-Check for about 6 years now on a wheel built up on XT hubs. No issues at all in many thousands of commuting and fitness riding miles.
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Old 05-20-19, 06:51 PM
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I really liked my Surly cogs when I ran mountain bike as a single speed. I DIYed the spacers for my bike but I like the Wheels Mfg spacer kit. No need to pay more than necessary for some spacers.
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Go with the wheels mfg or the plain spacer kit, the money saved could be used on a good SS cog. No real need to go overboard and pay 120 for spacers.
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Old 05-22-19, 07:06 AM
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Probably cost more than a basic kit - but the Endless fibonacci spacer kit is great. That's what I used on my 10s -> singlespeed mtb conversion,.
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I've never seen what advantage a kit has over a stack of cassette spacers.

I've used copper pipe cut to fit each side of the cog - almost any type of pipe will work, the forces on the spacer aren't significant.

If your freehub body is steel, which it is on many cheaper hubs, a cassette cog won't dig in.
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