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A lot of us like to ‘simplify’ our drivetrains by either converting a multi-speed bike to a single speed/fixie or by building them from a bare frame. I built this Ibex X-ray Single Speed back in October of ’05 for commuting purposes.
I’ve been wanting to convert this bike into a 1X9 for a while — this set up is more versatile and allows for my friends to borrow this bike and go ride with me.
Here are the details of my conversion:
First, I began by removing the single speed kit using my trusty Ice Toolz Cassette remover, then I installed the 9 speed cassette on the freehub.
Next was removing the chain by using a chain breaker:
then I installed the rear derailleur, yep, a Dura-ace derailleur that I scored for cheap on Ebay.
I then installed a Soulchain 9 speed chain using a method to size the chain described here.
Although I have a pair of STI Dura-ace shifters, I didn’t want to change my current setup, so I opted to go ‘old school’ by installing a Suntour Friction bar end shifter given to me by our good friend Ghost Rider.
I then had to go to my LBS to purchase the shifter cable, housing, the BB guide and a new bar tape.
Here’s how I guided the cabling:
After removing the old bar tape, I installed the new bar tape so I can conceal the shifter cable. I chose yellow bar tape so it can match the color scheme of the bike and to be more visible to motorists.
I rode the bike around the block, after a few adjustments the bike shifts very smooth and it is ready to ride to work!