1×10 chainring size
Looking to switch to 1×10 here, and planning to go from a 44-32-22 triple and 11-32 cassette to a 34 chainring & 11-36. I reckon I’ll lose about two gears off the top and two off the bottom.
Do trail/XC riding on the notoriously flat plains of E Lancs.
AndyPosted 4 years agoadventurer85Member
For Lake District riding I had a 34 ring up front with 36t cassette on nukeproof mega but dropped it to 32up front without noticing any loss in the high gears. Its hard work on the long climbs but you get used to it. Always a compromise but I’m loving it at the moment.Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Just de-cluttered my bike by ditching the larger chainring and associated gear stuff. This leaves me with just the smaller of the two chinrings and a bash guard i’ve fitted. I feel like a bit of a wuss cause most of the people who run 1×10 seem to be running a 32T chainring, but mine at the moment is a 24T – I might move upto a 28T soon ish, but to be honest a 24T chainring feels about right as its quite hilly round here in Derbyshire – short but steep climbs, alot of them rocky and quite technical so you need the ratio to be on the low side to get that quick spurt to get over a big rock or step. Not sure I could push a 32T up some of the hills and climbs round here.
For those running 1×10 with 32T chainrings, are you mostly running it for downhill bikes or cross-country/All-Mountain duties? If the former then I wont feel such a weakling. If the latter then I will, unless you’re in areas that are not so hilly!Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
34-34 is my smallest gear. Mostly ride singletrack and Surrey climbs that aren’t too steep, but even on big long climbs in Wales/ Peaks/ Yorks I manage.Posted 4 years ago
Depends what your riding style is though – I’m a masher with breaking knees and cadence <60. Plus i have to ride 15 miles on the roads to and from the station.wobbliscottMember
The 24T up front is just about OK for the flat – I can maintain half decent pace in gear 8 or 9, but it does get very spinney quickly on the flat descents even with 11-36 on the rear, which is why i’ll probably go 28T soon. I don’t think it will be a huge loss on the lower gears. My commuter is single speed so can spin my legs if I want to, but since i’m not cross-country I don’t really mind slowing down and conserving energy for the next climb and off-road downhill – they are gruelers round here. On the off-road down hills I don’t find I pedal too much anyway, just use gravity and pump!
Thanks for feedback though – nice to know what other people are upto. Loving the simplicity of losing all the gubbins up front though and will be nicer in the mud where the front mech gets clogged up pretty quickly.Posted 4 years agosvalgisMember
I’m weak, and a spinner, and I appreciate the lowest gear that a 28t chainring gives me. With FS I do start to run out of gears on the trail though so I’ll try 32t again now. Can’t see me ever wanting/needing anything lower than 28t though, and at that point finding chainrings with the proper chainline and chainguides goes from being a faff to being impossible AFAIK.
Also, it’s quite amazing what you can do with a bigger gear if the alternative is to walk.Posted 4 years agoSimonSubscriber
I’m in West Yorks and using 32t chainring with 11/36 cassette. Works well for me on my hard tail, can still get up everything I could with a granny ring and only spin out on tarmac descents but I avoid them anyway!Posted 4 years ago
Debating whether to go 1×10 on the full suss too….
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