1×9, 2×9(+ bashguard) or 1×10 with Hope Trex?
I’m currently running my Superlight 29 with 1×9, with a 30t hope narrow/wide, and an 11-34 xt cassette.
It’s fine for an hours ride on my local trails, but over an hour the grinding uphill really takes it’s toll. I live in a hilly area on the outskirts of the Peak District, so i need some lower gears or bigger legs!
Question is, should I put a front mech on my bike, and run a granny ring (I have an X0 shifter and my old triple chainrings, all i need is a mech and a bashring/single ring fixings – don’t want a big ring)? Or stick with the 1×9 and hope i get strong enough to push the gear all day?
I could upgrade to 1×10, but to get XT level its going to cost close to £200… Also, I’m running Sram X0 shifters and rear mech at the min, which I think are rather nice. 🙂
Anyone else think its a shame no one makes a 9 speed 40t cassette adapter?Posted 3 years agoryan91Member
1X10 all the way, just converted from 2X9 and I shall not be going back any time soon. Might keep the front mech for when they become collectable, show the kids how they used to make bikes 😛
I’d also recommend budgeting for a One-Up rad cage, resolved the issues I had with dodgy shifting on my xt mech, 40t expander setup.Posted 3 years ago
Have to admit, 1x does look better, and reduce clutter on the bike.
I’ll budget for some new shiny bits when i get paid at the end of the month. TBH, a shadow+ mech would be a good upgrade too as the sram xo has no clutch of any kind.
I’ll check out slx too, it may save a bit of cash.Posted 3 years agoShackletonSubscriber
I was thinking about this when building up my new 29er. I stuck with 2×9 because 1×10 doesn’t offer anywhere near the climbing ability, even with the T-rex, etc.
Admittedly I live in Scotland but I’d hate to have to push 1×10 up some of the 2h+ loose and steep hill climbs around here! So I guess it depends where you live (or maybe I’m not herculean enough).Posted 3 years agoDaveyBoyWonderMember
I went 1×9 with a chain device to 1×10 with a N/W setup. Cost ~£100 for Zee shifter, SLX mech, cassette & chain and a Race Face N/W ring. £40 of that was the ring IIRC!
Great upgrade – wider range of gears and less weight. Whats not to like? The only time I’ve ever really wished I had a lower gear was after a brutal 6 hour ride in torrential rain in Wales and the final short climb to the pub had me pushing…Posted 3 years ago
Really pleased with my 1×10 (because I’m as enduro as ****) but I reckon dual ring is still the default and for good reason… Only you can really know what gears work for you, and only by experimentation. So if I was you, I’d put it back to 2×9 and see what happens.Posted 3 years agoSimonSubscriber
I’ve got 1×10 (12-36 cassette, 32t ring) on my hardtail and it’s OK but I spin out on the fast pedally stuff and I end up walking steep climbs when I’m tired. An expander thing might help but it’s all a bit of a bodge and not cheap.
Full suss is still 2×9 (12-34 cassette, 22/34 rings) with a stinger. This gives me all the gears I need and I never lose the chain.Posted 3 years ago
Until 1×11 becomes affordable I’ll my preferred set up will be 2×9
No 2 hour climbs here, but plenty of steep,technical stuff and 30min climbs.
I think £20 for a new front mech may be worth a try first… I am worried that 1×10 with an easy gear is going to be expensive, and still wont be low enough for steep, technical climbs…Posted 3 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
I went from 2×10 down to 1×10 with the Trex and 34t ring. Works well for me, the 34 helps with the spinning out issues but not as much as having a 10t at the back. The 40t is a nice low gear but not a granny spin.
Also going from X0 9sp to SLX 10sp will be very noticeable, and potentially not nice, tried some demo’s with it on and not that impressed.Posted 3 years agocooieMember
Anyone else think its a shame no one makes a 9 speed 40t cassette adapter?
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