Monday, April 29, 2013

Giant Escape 1 SS Conversion Project v2.0

This is the 2nd Revision for my Giant Escape 1 Hybrid CX Single Speed Conversion Project
I have done it in a do-it-yourself way with basic tools on my own.
I started @ 5pm, finished by 7pm... 

Scroll down for more details on the Step by Step procedure.

Version 2.0 Finished (Corrected some problems in the 1st version)
Version 1.0 (modified version from stock built)
related article:

Some Before and After Shots

Version 1.0 - BEFORE
Too much light gearing (18 x 32 gear ratio), Bad Chainline, Bad Chain Tensioning

(Version 2.0) AFTER
Good Gear combination for casual pedalling (18 x 36 gear ratio), Better Chain line, Better Chain Tensioning

(Version 1.0) BEFORE: Bad Chain Line
(Version 2.0) AFTER: Better Chain Line & Tensioning 

The Step by Step Guide

Right Tools for the Right Process
Tools that I used in this process
* multi-sized Hexagonal 'Allen' Wrenches
* Crank Brothers M10 multi-tools
* Super-B BB Tool (for outboard BB type)
* Super-B Chain Whip & Cassette Removal Tool
* Generic Chain Remover
Related Article: Bike Parts for this Project

A makeshift work stand (used rack for drying my laundry)
KMC Z narrow chain was removed
SRAM X4 RD used as temporary chain tensioner was removed
Deore M590 Crankset modified for SS w/ 32T chain ring removed
RD, Chain amd Crankset Removed
32T chain ring was removed from the crank spider
Army of Chainrings (22-32-36-38-48) plus optional bashguard
Me in Bike Mechanic Mode - installing the chain ring
36T Chain ring Installed
Me in Bike Mechanic Mode - Installing the Crankset on the frame
the Crankset with the 36T chain ring already installed
Re-positioning of the Spacer for the SS kit was done
New Chain vs the Old Chain
Shimano Dura Ace (9-speed) CN-7701 narrow chain
YBN QR9 Quick Release Link (a.k.a Missing Link)
Shimano Dura Ace Chain w/ YBN Missing Link Installed
Da Bomb RL-4 Chain Tensioner Kit
Da Bomb RL-4 Chain Tensioner Installed
Good Chain Tensioning Achieved.....
Better Chain Line Achieved.....
LET'S CALL IT VERSION 2.5 (Upgraded Brake Package)


  1. Quite the progression. Am thinking of doing something similar to my Giant Escape 0. Good work!

    1. Thanks Mr. Unknown... I had already made some changes on the set up shown above.
      I have upgraded the stock Tektro V-Brakeset into Avid Speed Dial 5 levers and Single Digit 7 V-brake calipers.
      I have also changed the 36T chain ring (spinning is such a waste of energy) into 38T.
      would you mind to show your Giant Escape 0 set up?