- If you ride 1×9 …1×10 where do you ride ??
I’m using 1×9 on my HT (Renthal 34 – XT 11- 34). I find it works fine for woods, no trail centres around here & I don’t drive. Woods are fairly hard work, the trails I mean, they’re quite rocky & rooty, upy downy.
I had to change my riding style for up hill work, standing on everything. I feel stronger for it too. With the weight I’ve lost off the bike & the look being cleaner I think it’s a good move personally. If you love to sit & spin then I think you should stick with a granny ring though. If your local/frequently ridden hills are more that a 5 minute climb then stick with 22 tooth… 😉
I should also point out that I use Egg Beaters & I’ve used Flatboys. I’ll keep clipped in because I can generate far more power that way by push pull in circles, makes 1×9 far easier.
Peace.Posted 6 years agomick_rSubscriber
As mentioned earlier – ride singlespeed for a bit and then 1×9 or whatever will seem like plenty of gears for anywhere 🙂
I’ve used 32 front with 11-34 in Spanish Sierra Nevada and never got left behind or had to walk. Only put a granny ring on when we had +40kg of kids and trailer to tow off road.
I’ve yet to ride a UK trailcentre that can’t be done on singlespeed, so I can’t see why 1×9 would be a problem. I mostly ride ss in the lakes but need to choose route direction to suit (e.g. back of Skiddaw is OK but descend rather than climb Lattrigg).
Big dilemma is Swiss alps this summer with a new 29er – the riding there is definitely not ss friendly…. I have an Alfine backup plan, but currently making a mech hanger so I can run an 11-32 5 speed setup (8 speed sprocket spacing) on 29er Hope ss back wheel (short body cassette).Posted 6 years agoScienceofficerMember
Mendips here. Managing just fine on a 11-32 cassette and 32T front. Theres not a single climb I can’t do that I couldn’t on the same bike when it had a triple- in fact, I think I’m climbing better by the torque requirements forcing me to even my pedal stroke out.
I’ve ridden Afan, Quantocks, Bristol trails and Snowdon on it too.
I mostly find I don’t have a tall enough gear for some descents, and occasionally if I’ve been out for a big day I get a whisper of complaint from my legs due to the increased power requirements. When the time comes I think 1×10, with an 11-36 cassette and 34T ring should be spot on for me.Posted 6 years ago
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