So back in July I started running 1x9 (36 - 11/32) on my XTC 29er. Idea behind this was save a little weight, less parts and therefore simpler, and also looks better.
Initial rides were great, and didn't feel like I was missing the granny ring, or big ring.
However almost every ride there has been a mechanical in some way, snapper rear mech, snapped chain (about 5 times now) It's starting to annoy me and i'm considering going back to 3x9 or maybe just 2x9, but there is an obvious cost associated with this.
Guess my questions is do others running a similar set up have issues? My thinking is that maybe i'm putting to much pressure through the drivetrain,and thus causing snapped chains etc...
I'm running a Hope SS ring, 11/32 deore spec cassette and a Sram PC951 chain and XT Shadow mech. Which was all new when I fitted it.
Probably worth pointing out that 2 of these rides were Mayhem and Sleepless so not ideal conditions, 3rd time was Kielder and the others have just been local rides.