- Just me still 3×9?
My lad still has 3×9 – specifically, he has my old 3×9, as I’ve gone 1×11. His sister is 1×10 and his mum is 1×9.
Are you missing out? Not if you are happy with it.
fwiw, I don’t “miss” 3×9. I run a 32T up front and 11-42 at the rear. Most of my local riding is flat, smooth, non-technical bridleway bashing, and I spin out at around 20mph, while having plenty of low gears left on the local hills. I’m thinking of going 34T up front and taking my chances on any big draggy climbs if I’m riding away from home.Posted 2 years agoFOGSubscriber
Nah, 3×9 is fine . I did go 2×10 on the FS bike but to be honest it was a fashion lead move and hasn’t really made any improvement over the 3×9 on the HT. 1×10,11 whatever is a step too far for me but I imagine that lots will be on soon telling you 1x has changed their lives and improved their sex appeal.Posted 2 years agoPJayMember
Perfectly happy on 3×9. I’m running an ancient Octalink XT setup which is still going strong.
I find myself using the full range of gears on a regular basis and just don’t think that I’d get on with a single ring set up. When I am forced to upgrade I’ll be sticking with a triple.Posted 2 years agouser-removedMember
Obviously not. My “main” bike is still 3×9 and my runaround is still 3×7. Other than the consumerist need to spend money, I can’t see a reason to change tbh. What? It’ll make me faster? Nah. It really won’t, and if it does, who actually cares apart from Strava? What? It’ll shave two ounces off my bike weight?! Balls. I’ll just change my shoes and have a poo.Posted 2 years agoburko73Subscriber
Glad of the granny ring on my 2×10 longitude today at Simonside. Didn’t miss a big ring as it’s rigid and my arms and legs couldn’t take going any faster…
3x 9 on my old latitude but I have hardly even used the big ring in 5 yrs.
The escapade is on 2 x 9 which is helpful as the Xt cassette of my old sub 5 fits straight on now it lives on my off road nano clad 700c wheels. Keep thinking of 11 spd to shorten the gaps between gears but I never get round to it.
I sort of like the idea of 1x 12 where shifting is purely sequential as it means less faffing and double shifting and I guess derailing the chain on one end only is probably less crude than at both ends of the chain/ bike. The chainline thing looks like a stretch too far though, quite a big difference between top/ bottom on a 1×12.Posted 2 years agoalexpalacefanMember
And me. Love it.
Middle ring for most riding, but a big un for road sections and a bail-out granny ring for the hard bits.
I don’t buy ground clearance, I can count the number of chainring strikes I’ve ever had on one hand.
Weight? Maybe a bit over a single ring, but no real difference over a double. Simplicity? I can work 2 levers thanks. Not sure about those who claim operating a front derailleur is difficult.
Room for a dropper remote? Mine fits on fine. Got room for a fork lock-out too.
APFPosted 2 years agon0b0dy0ftheg0atMember
Been 1×8 since December, 34 chainring and 11-30 cassette, can’t remember the last time i used the 30 and today I used the 26 for the first time in ages to get up the final few metres of Woodmill Lane’s climb.
Thought about upgrading several times to 9/10/11- speed, but i always ended up keeping the status quo because of the £120+ layout on top of all the other pocket money I’ve spent on bike bits since getting this Wazoo, when money is almost too tight to mention!Posted 2 years agococonutMember
Thought it was only me left 😆
3 X 10 on my Giant Anthem X29er, and KTM Aera Comp 29er (22/30/40T).
I actively look for 3×10 on a new bike and see it as a big positive. Gives more gear options and way faster on long road rides, commuting, eats really steep climbs etc. The ground clearance thing is mm and not an issue.Posted 2 years agosirromjSubscriber
3×9 on commute rigid 26″ mtb. On the big ring, with drive side arm at 3 o-clock, the bunch of teeth around 6 o-clock are shorter than all the others due to the clearance problem (which isn’t really a problem). The big ring has so many teeth that a few worn teeth have no effect.
3×10 on FS, not so reliable on rear.
Front derailleurs can be quite loose and rattly with wear and still work reliably, rear derailleurs not so (esp 10spd). Might look to see if I can reduce the wobble with a shim somewhere on it (but may not be pos).Posted 2 years agocoatesyMember
Only went 3×9 because I couldn’t get a new 8sp Xt shifter. After listening to 1x systems grumbling all day in the workstand, i’m not sure I could inflict such crapawful chainlines on my own bikes, nor could I put up with the chain-drop when back pedalling to clear obstacles (in the real world obviously, not some fantasy land that 1x’ers have created) that seems to afflict a lot of these set ups.Posted 2 years agomikewsmithMember
I found a front mech in a spares box last week does that count (it might have been 2x though)
After listening to 1x systems grumbling all day in the workstand, i’m not sure I could inflict such crapawful chainlines on my own bikes,
me neither, got one that doesn’t do that.
nor could I put up with the chain-drop when back pedalling to clear obstacles (in the real world obviously, not some fantasy land that 1x’ers have created) that seems to afflict a lot of these set ups.
Glad mine doesn’t do that either.
Think I got rid of the last 9sp about 4 years ago finally, the 10sp only lasted 18 months before 11 filled the gap.Posted 2 years ago
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