- How fast are you on a singlespeed?
It depends on the terrain – on a flattish ride where I’d spin out, I’m slower than on gears. On a steep grind up, plummet down ride, I’m slower if I have to walk on the up.
But most of my rides are hilly undulating XC (climbs here are either steep or long but rarely both), I reckon I’m maybe a tad quicker on SS.
I also find on singletrack, I ride with more flow on SS because the mental jingle-jangle of gear management is silenced, and I ride the terrain, rather than ride the bike riding the terrain. More flow = faster, probably.Posted 4 years agojimificationMember
Rode the Big Dog (Brighton) XC course last night on my SS. Will do a proper timed run for comparison soon but despite being very new to SS I reckon there’s very little difference in my lap times between hardtail geared and rigid SS.
It’s interesting to see that, despite years of marketing to the contrary, gears don’t make that much difference and neither does suspension.Posted 4 years agotowenMember
Depends on how I feel on the day. Last night was one of those rides where you just feel invincible. Untterly spanked it 😉 still buzzing today 😉
Generally I find myself faster running singlespeed but then my local trails are fast flowing forest trails rather then steep up and down rocky terrain. Trouble is most of my mates are even faster but that just give me something to aim for.
First real ride on the new exotic carbon forks too, really impressed there.Posted 4 years agohmanchesterMember
I have gears on my mountain bike because I ride it up and down hills.
I have no gears on my road bike because I only ride it around Manchester and there are no hills.
I suspect that on mildly hilly terrain I would be faster on a singlespeed because I would try and smash the hills flat. I would also be more tired.
On very hilly terrain gears would win out.Posted 4 years agofeistyMember
Much faster on my 29er with 32:18 gear set up than when I had gears 5 years ago
On a flat xc ride I average around 14.5 mph (14.4 mph avg on my first 100 mile ride at the weekend), on a hilly ride I will do about 11.5 to 12.5 mph average (over 30-40 miles. Up hills I try and hold 9 mph and can stand and slog hard for 2-3 miles up hill no probs.
I never get passed by anyone on a ride and I also have lost all riding buddies 🙁
I love the simplicity of a single speed and the silence , gears seem to just be an excuse to go slower, my fitness is so much better these days, I am doing 150+ miles and don’t really feel it all
Thinking maybe I should start racing?Posted 4 years agoSinglespeed_ShepMember
Singlespeeded for years, I’ll always be faster with gears. If your faster with single speed its because your not using your gears properly,
I’d have shaved around 10 mins off my mayhem lap times with gears. Nothing to do with the steep climbs but the slight downhill’s which I could have pedalled more and the slight drags uphill which took so much out of my legs.
But I ride single speed because:Posted 4 years ago
I love the simplicity of a single speed and the silencetazzymtbMember
I’m brutally fast on a singlespeed when I need to be (as in racing and riding with very fast boys n girls) other than that just happy to bumble and watch the world go by.
for short xc type races i will always be quicker on gears
for longer enduros I’m better on SS as I don’t burn myself out in the first 12 hours. (that’s purely down to me being a tit rather than a gears thing though) 😀Posted 4 years agojulianwilsonMember
Depends. As above faster uphill, slower on flat and depends on the steepness and rattliness of the downhill (ie once its too steep it doesn’t matter if you have gears as you can’t put any ‘meaningful’ pedal strokes anyway).
Last night I left the ss at home and for first time in maybe 3 months I rode racey 100mm fs 3×9 bike instead (weighs maybe 2kg more than my suspension forked steel ss) on the same trails as usual: geary fs was clearly faster downhill and over long sets of big/rattly roots, but I think that is the larger tyres and bouncy rear end, and it was slower uphill because I am lazy and spin an easier gear if one is available. Faster on sustrans path to trails becuase I always spin out on a singlespeed on that.Posted 4 years ago
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