So in the search for a simplified drivetrain, but not willing to suffer the pain of a single speed. I needs me a granny gear!
The Nexus 8 rocks. The Surly Singleator is a shame, but that that is the best I could do wihtout replacing the dropouts, which I would love to do. The other bummer is that the shifter cable stops don't play nice with the Nexus, so I had to run full cable housing, which adds a lot of friction. It still shifts well, and the gear range is fine. On the one ride I have taken it on - lots of climbing and rolling singletrack - I never got above 6th gear. 1st was nice and low - real close to the old 22/32.
The best part is the absence of chain slap. And the ability to shift while not rolling. Both strange and wonderful.