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  • matther01
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    Having a bit of a debate with myself about going 1×10.

    Im not hugely fit due to a knee injury and with young kids end up a bit of trail warrior apart from the odd venture into the welsh mountains.

    If i were to go 1×10, what cassette and ring sizes would folks recommend?

    It will be for a transition 26 bandit.

    Cheers

    joeelston
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    11-36 out back. Start with a 32t front ring and see from there. I’m not especially fit and run a 34t up front.

    I would consider myself reasonably fit and run a 34 up front. My overly fit house mate runs a 36 but weighs nothing although he is considering running a 37T oval ring.

    Like joeelston said, run a 32 and you can go one up or down from there, should be plenty

    Same dilemma, knew I could handle it wheb fit but currently only riding every couole of weeks. I went 32t on my Mega for peak riding and took the Croozer round Ladybower last week no probs. It’s great, glad I did it.

    Premier Icon Simon
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    Im not hugely fit

    In that case if you ride where there are steep hills I wouldn’t bother going 1×10, keep your granny ring.

    Premier Icon tmb467
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    Aye – spend a bit of time just using the middle ring and see how you find it

    Work out what gears you don’t use and see how you feel

    svalgis
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    In that case if you ride where there are steep hills I wouldn’t bother going 1×10, keep your granny ring

    I’ll go ahead and say the exact opposite – go 1×10 right now and enjoy getting a lot fitter in the near future.

    If you don’t consider yourself very fit then run a 32t ring with an 11-36t cassette. In fact, run an 11-36t cassette no matter what.

    Oh, and make sure you go for one of the new thick/thin chain rings, like the one from Works Components, that don’t need chain devices. It’s a win win situation.

    I have been running 1×9 with a 34 up front for years now with no problems. I’m not that fit so I really can’t see you need any more.

    John

    Depends where you ride, too. On long rides with steep tech uphill stuff in the peak, I find 32t quite big enough, and i consider myself at least reasonably fit. On the other hand, if I rode fire roads up and trail centres, then 36t would probably be alright.

    Definitely agree with 11:36 at the back.

    matther01
    Member

    I’m going to take the plunge.

    Already got a 11-36 and with a thick thin ring and clutch mech should in theory do the job without the expense of a guide.

    As recommended…I’ll start on 32.

    Thanks folks

    ive been running a 11-36 rear and 32 up front for years….
    getting a bit older and fatter now so have pussied out and gone down to a 30T on the front with short cage type 2 rear mech for now….only been out on it once…seemed ok…didnt run out of gears…got to take it to wales for a bashing first..

    kept the 32t just incase

    Im not hugely fit

    In that case if you ride where there are steep hills I wouldn’t bother going 1×10, keep your granny ring.

    I’m not hugely fit, I live where there are steep hills and I went 1 x 10. I get out once or twice a week maximum. Best move I ever made. If I can’t pedal up a hill, I’m not too proud to get off and walk.

    32T chainring, 11-36T cassette BTW.

    jeffm
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    I run 32 front and 11-36 back.
    Best decision I made building the bike. Wouldn’t go back to double / triple.

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Ran 36 up front with 9 11-34 on the back for a year or so back on 09. Rode all over Oz on a heavy (35lb) bike by the end of it coupled with riding every day at times I could cope but it was hell on the steep long hills.

    I got back to the UK and moved up to the lakes – I went back to 2x

    My usual advice, depends on where you live, who you are, how you ride and a bit more.
    If your not on for the high cadence then the small front ring might be a problem, which then leads you to a bigger front so higher bottom gear.

    patriotpro
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    This

    11-36 out back. Start with a 32t front ring and see from there. I’m not especially fit and run a 34t up front.

    and

    I run 32 front and 11-36 back.
    Best decision I made building the bike. Wouldn’t go back to double / triple.

    I run a 11-36 and a 34t up front, have decent leg strength and have a moderate level of fitness. My advice would be the above comments as 32t is a better Winter-ring due to extra torque and traction required in the current and forthcoming wet and grip-poor conditions.

    I know some people run a 30t ring but my advice to them would be to get fitter or buy a bike with a motor 😉

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