I'm going from a 2x 9speed set up to a 1x 10spd set up. From the tables below taken from sheldon brown you can see I will lose my three lowest gears. However, the flip side is my bike will be a whole pound lighter for losing the shifter, mech, granny, bolts and bb mount roller guide. So swings and roundabouts. I'm doing it for simplicity sake. I reasoned that I am carrying around a pound of bike that I only ever use a few times a year. I believe the future is the XX1 system.
1 x 10 users.....views for a hilly NW and Zee users thoughts
I ride 1x10. 32 & 11-36.
If there's something so steep I'd need a smaller chainring, I think I'd struggle to keep the front wheel on the ground...or wheelie up the hill like a chav!
I recently built up my new Meta AM 1 by 9, to see how it was, before I bought the 10sp chainset, and I have now gone for the Zee 1 by 10, it will give me one lower gear, which will be nice, I also run a 36, and find that fine for climbs around nidderdale, middlesmoor - nought bank - knott etc. Lofthouse and peat lane are pretty horrific, but they're horrific climbs...
If I go biking in Molina or somewhere I will likely get a 32t chain ring as the long road climbs will need kill me on a 36
I've been 1*9 using a 36t chainring 36t cassette on the hardtail for about a year now and tbh, it's not very often I don't get up the climbs that I used to get up with the granny ring but these do take a bit more effort.
Recently gone 1*10 on the full sus with the Zee set up and have a 34t chainring, thinking being that the bike is about 5-6 pounds heavier so climbing will be more of a hassle. Its early days but so far so good. In fairness, my front mech was always full of crud anyway so seldom dropped the chain onto the granny ring and was pretty much ornamental.
I've just got back from a weekend's riding in Wales. I'm very unfit at the moment but found that 1x10 was pretty spot on. I've got a 34t front ring and 11-36 at the back on a hardtail 29er. There were a couple of times where I'd have probably used an easier gear if I'd had it but I didn't really need to and managed fine.
I'm running 1*10 on my Meta 5. I have a 35 tooth chainring with 36-11 cassette. I do struggle to keep the front down sometimes when the going gets steep, but on the whole I prefer it by far. Simpler, less maintenance (was never any good at indexing the front mech, and difficult to get to on the Metas) and I no longer drop chains.
1x10 here zee clutch plus 32t on front 11-36 rear with MRP AMG guide
Hurt for first few rides in Welsh hills, now I love it
jam bo - Member
33t works fine in the hilly SW.1000ft climbing/10miles on average.
Forces you to suck it up and get on with it.
hmm, but a typical Calderdale yardstick is about 1000 METRES climbing and 1000 METRES descending /10 miles.
A mate described it recently as "the one place where 1x10 will never catch on"
I'm running 1x10 in the Peak with a 33-tooth chainring and 11-36 and it's fine 99% of the time and 100% of it when I'm feeling 'ard. About once a week, when I can't be arsed, I'm tempted to go to a 32. Using a Surly stainless singlespeed ring and a cheap Superstar top chain guide thing on the BB and haven't had any chain-dropping problems.
In a way, it's pretty straightforward: if you're someone who rarely uses the granny or the big ring, then 1x10 makes sense. If you're forever spinning up hills in tiny gears then 1x10 is maybe not for you, or not round here anyway, certainly not with a 36 up front, but then you may well be much stronger than me. But if that's the case you probably won't be spinning up hills in the granny anyway...
intresting reading, use all the gears coz they are there and using a 34/35 lb coil Yeti 7, 1 x 10 with 32 looks the way to go, but lots to think on
If you can't manage your next ten rides without dropping into the granny ring then I wouldn't go 1x10.
However, I used to often use the granny ring - but when I forced myself to ignore it I quickly got used to pushing a bigger gear uphill and got better at technical climbing. Went 1x9 after a stint of granny ignorance and then 1x10 when that drivetrain was on its last legs. Was running 32t 11-36, not 33t 11-36. Think I'd struggle with 36t, might be able to handle 34t. Most cyclists can't spin fast enough and I like how running single ring develops that skill and results in you being in the wrong gear less often.
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