One of the favorite projects we—and many other bike mechanics—like to take on is the classic singlespeed conversion. It’s nice to strip something complicated down and create something that’s elegantly simple. And the makers of bike things (sometimes referred to as the “Bicycle Industry”) had us covered for a long time with Shimano cassette spacers, single Shimano-splined hubs and a wide variety of chain tensioning devices. Until SRAM’s XD driver, there wasn’t really a challenger to Shimano’s tried and true cassette freehub bodies (sure, Campagnolo has their thing, but that’s pretty niche, and limited to road/cross). The XD is being widely used by the likes of Hope, DT Swiss, Industry Nine, Chris King, American Classic and more. However, if you’ve got a fancy wheelset with one of those hubs and want to and want convert to singlespeed you’ve been SOL…until now.

Our Zinger XD Kit Installed on a Hope Pro4 hub for an All-City Nature Boy Build
Our Zinger XD Kit Installed on a Hope Pro4 hub for an All-City Nature Boy Build

The Problem Solvers Zinger features some creative…problem solving to allow riders and mechanics to run a single cog on their XD hubs. Here’s a bunch of pictures that show how it works (click the dots to scroll through the installation process):

  • 1. A beefy, CNC-machined holder mates nicely to the SRAM XD splines. It’s a 6-bolt disc pattern.

    1. A beefy, CNC-machined holder mates nicely to the SRAM XD splines. It’s a 6-bolt disc pattern.

  • 2. The XD driver nut threads on using common SRAM / Shimano cassette lockring tools

    2. The XD driver nut threads on using common SRAM / Shimano cassette lockring tools

  • 3. 6-bolt pattern spacers are used to fine-tune the chainline

    3. 6-bolt pattern spacers are used to fine-tune the chainline

  • 4. Two Problem Solvers 6-bolt compatible cogs are included (18 & 20t) and a complete array of different tooth counts are available for customization (15-22t)

    4. Two Problem Solvers 6-bolt compatible cogs are included (18 & 20t) and a complete array of different tooth counts are available for customization (15-22t)

  • 5. Extra-long disc rotor bolts hold the assembly together

    5. Extra-long disc rotor bolts hold the assembly together

Voila! To complete the conversion some method of chain tensioning is required, whether that be a feature of your frame’s design or an auxiliary tensioner. BONUS: if you’re a fan of having choices, you can configure your spacer / cog selection to include two cogs on the rear, providing you with two different singlespeed options on one bike.