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NAHBS 2015: Speedhound Shows Versatility of the Only One with Vintage One Off

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Based out of Minneapolis, MN, Speedhound bikes are all built around the company’s patent pending dropout system or SDS. Using the design for the past 5 years, the SDS system allows one bike to fit a wide range of drivetrains from simple single speeds to a full range of gears. That versatility is what inspires The Only One. The only frameset Speedhound produces, the dropouts and frame design allow for a shape shifting city bike that can transform from a fixed gear to an e-bike, or a retro themed racer…

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Starting with the Minneapolis-made investment cast dropout, the piece is welded into the frame with the center tabs still attached. This allows for perfect alignment of the dropout during welding where the tabs are then cut out after welding to create a split dropout to use a belt drive. The hooded design enables different dropout plates to be swapped in and out and attached using standard chainring hardware for a design that passes the strictest mountain bike dropout tests in terms of strength. Nearly any drivetrain can be accommodated from road and mountain gears, single speed, fixed gear, and IGHs including Rohloff, as well as track spacing from 115-130mm through spacers on the track dropout, or road 130/135 QR rear ends.

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The True Temper butted steel Only One frame is offered in 8 stock colors and 5 frame sizes. Painted frames are in stock and ready to go for quick turnaround.

Key Features

  • Speedhound Dropout System
  • True Temper butted cro-mo steel
  • Five frame sizes for 700C size wheels
  • Eight colors
  • Belt drive ready – the split rear triangle accommodates a drive belt
  • Silver-plated brass headtube badge and fork crown medallions
  • Cyclo-cross inspired geometry with a lower bottom bracket
  • Generous frame and fork clearance – enough room for 700 X 38 tires
  • HouseBend™ chainstays maximize tire and chainring clearance with narrow chainlines (for example: 50 tooth Gates Carbon Drive sprocket on a 43 mm chainline)
  • Studs for cantilever or linear-pull brakes, or use caliper brakes.
  • Fender and rack eyelets and two pairs of bottle bosses make it easy to mount accessories
  • Standard 27.2 mm seatpost dimension
  • Standard 68mm British bottom bracket threading
  • Fits 1-1/8” threadless stems

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Along with a few other builds to highlight the frame’s versatility, this track racer was the bike that really caught our eye. Starting with a raw steel frame, Chris used gun bluing to color the metal for a vintage look.

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Along with the wooden rims, vintage track components like the German mad hubs and copper plated Williams chainring were used to create a super interesting modern/vintage build.

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Rico
Rico
9 years ago

Wooden rims are a trip, wonder how long it took to perfect those back in the day.

OldDocThedan
OldDocThedan
9 years ago

I had a Blacksheep Steel frame with drop outs from…. Uh- I think it was Kavik?
They allowed me to run a vertical drop out as well as horizontal sliders.
Pretty sure Kavik went away but the idea has always appealed to me.
These days though- so many people start over each season or two with the newest spaceship.

Andrew
Andrew
9 years ago

Neat design!

Roy
Roy
9 years ago

I love these dropouts! PMW looks all wonky hanging below the rear triangle. But these allow the chainstay to have a nice sleek mitre under the dropout, very strong looking and with the in line axle adjuster all tucked in…. Never been to Minnamoosa but I can’t believe Ive never seen these in 5 years of production. This ain’t another division of QBP is it?!

noren
9 years ago

Yo Roy,
no way not a division of the Q. These bikes are made right here, as in Minneapolis MN ,by like real people. Chris, the guy in charge, really knows whats up. These are great, good price point handmade bikes, that are well thought out and very versitile. Check them out!!

mudrock
9 years ago

Cool design, but I hate the look of canti studs when they’re not used.

Aussheep
Aussheep
9 years ago

What is the adjustment range of the horizontal slider dropout insert?

CarbonNeutral
CarbonNeutral
9 years ago

Kavik dropouts are still available and are IMHO more elegant than these.

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