Currently changing an old 29er Inbred from SS to geared.... I've already got a rear wheel with free hub, single speed chain set, and a triple chain set.
As this is a project I want to keep the budget low - do I try out 1x9/10 first, and add a front derailleur later if I want it, or do I go for 3x9/10 from the word go? How about 2x9/10?
If I go single chainring, is a chain device compulsory, or can I just run a single ring?
I have a cheapy Merlin 26er that runs a conventional 3x9, and mainly ride XC style routes, sadly no big hills near me for going up or down. I don't want to dismantle the 26er as my reason for justifying another bike is that the wife can ride it.
Last time I was into mountain bikes was before V brakes appeared, so looking for up to date ideas!
Any suggestions gratefully received.