The latest Project: Burt Reynolds SS

29er How To's/Tech Tips Mountain Biking Projects

The reason why I came up with the name Burt Reynolds is simply this…the Redline D600 color scheme totally reminded me of the Trans Am in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Ya I know we just announced a new tandem bike project on the site, but this one is something I needed to get done to start training for the upcoming Winter Series XC Races.

Here’s what I mean by color scheme. Gold and Black! Here you see the Redline D600 converted to a Single Speed that I’ve dubbed as Burt Reynolds.
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<p>I picked up this matching Redline Monocog fork that was used only once by the previous owner. The OEM fork weighed 6lbs! The rigid fork only weighs 3lbs.<br />
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Upgraded the cock pit to a Shimano PRO carbon bar and a new Sunline 50mm stem for my short arms.
redline d600 single speed

I used the existing 8 speed chain to save on money. No need to spend more when I can use the stock parts.
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Installed a Surly 21t cog and it’s working great with the new 32t chain ring up front.
Redline Single speed

If you didn’t know, I love pink. But I think I may look for gold grips and possibly a gold chain…you know make it more like Bandit.
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Originally the Redline D600 weighed over 33lbs. But after swapping out the fork(the heaviest part of the bike), cock pit and stripping off all the shifters derailleurs and cranks. I got this baby down to 26lbs (with pedals). I still need a few things like chain ring bolts which should be here by Tuesday and probably a new tensioner. I just don’t like how the one I have is working. Besides, I’m missing a bolt on it.
26lbs single speed

Ya I know that there are full suspension 29ers that weigh this much, but for what I paid in parts to do this conversion, $40, I think I can live with a 26lbs single speed 29er…

RL Policar

RL Policar is an avid mountain biker and the Editor In-Chief of and Between the two sites, he's published well over 4,000 articles (and growing).

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