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12/13/2010 9:13 AM

What are you guys running on your trail bikes? 2x9, 3x10, 1x1? give me some details on gear combos...and listing the bike you ride can't hurt either.

i feel "old school" w/ a 3x9 X0 setup (triple up front) on my Nomad, lol. time for a change i think.

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12/13/2010 9:31 AM

I am doing 1x9 on all of my bikes.

But I am building a new all mountain bike as soon as I get my 2011 Vanish from Tomac with a hammerschmidt. chainlove has been selling them for super cheap!

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12/13/2010 9:42 AM

1x8 with axle-mounted saint der.
Less maintenance than a Rohloff.

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12/13/2010 9:43 AM

I'm running 2x9 on my carbon Nomad. 24/34 upfront and 11-34 in the back.

I tried going 1x9, but some trails are just too steep. Wouldn't mind trying 2x10 at some point. Even considered Hammerschmidt, but found out the VPP is optimized for the middle ring.

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12/13/2010 9:43 AM

SC Nomad (Alu) w/Coil DHX5 & Float36, flat pedals, wide-ass bars and a 50mm stem. I run a 34 single up front with a truvativ chain guide, no bash.

1x9, 34:12-34

For some longer climbs or steeper sections a 32 in front would be nice, and I was interested in the new 36t rear cogs that are "for 29ers". I find that if I have to use some ridiculous granny gear to climb something I'm probably going to push anyway, and I have an agressive riding style so not worrying about dropping a chain (ever) is really nice. The bike's not exactly ideally suited for 30 mile epics, unless they're like the Whole Enchilada smile I ride it on everything I can between Boulder and Moab.

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12/13/2010 9:46 AM

I'm rocking 1x9. I think a 36 up front and a 12-32 in the rear.

Need. Moar. Gears.

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12/13/2010 9:46 AM

1x9 on all my bikes as well, these are the bikes I ride the most.

Morewood Sukuma - 150mm travel - Straghtline Chainguide, 11-34t cassette, 34t chainring...want to go 1x10.
Morewood Ndiza - 100mm travel - Straghtline Chainguide, 12-26t cassette, 32t chainring. I am adding a bigger cassette.

On the next 1x10 I would like to run a 12-36t cassette but I have no idea what ring I will run on the front. Probably what I have lying around. The 2x9 may be a bonus for a race set-up...I will have to see what the Enduro course looks like next year. If I go the 2x9 I will use the MRP LRP (Keeping it Colorado!).

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Lance

12/13/2010 9:54 AM

Hi, in my Blur LT al model 2009, I use a 2x9 ( crank triple transformed 32-22 with bash and cassette 11 34 ) in my next bike, I want change with 2x10 (crank 36/24 + cassette11/36)

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12/13/2010 9:56 AM

Going to run 1x10 on my Covert. 34T with 11-34T in back. Hopefully I'm strong enough to get the bike up the same hills that I want to come down...I guess we'll find out tongue

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12/13/2010 10:00 AM

Intense 5.5 trail bike 3X9 but I don't use the 44T ring for pedaling; just for log bashing.
Intense Tazer VP DS/BMX/DJ bike 36T chainguide x 9 (11-26T)
Intense M3 DH bike 36T chainguide x 9 (11-34T)

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12/13/2010 10:02 AM

2x1 on my ex see bike, one easy gear and one SUPER easy gear. If I want to go fast on the descents, I don't take this bike. However, if you're more of a man than me and can push a harder gear up, you could have a pretty slick two speed set up on an all mountain rig. If I ever have the budget to build up a decent mid travel, pedal-able bike, I'll try to get a hammerschmidt and a tensioner on there.
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Bike is a 2003 Kona Kahuna by the way, and that's a vital sticker right next to the sensus one on the top tube.
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12/13/2010 10:05 AM

corsair711 wrote:

2x1 on my ex see bike, one easy gear and one SUPER easy gear. If I want to go fast on the descents, I don't take this bike. However, if you're more of a man than me and can push a harder gear up, you could have a pretty slick two speed set up on an all mountain rig. If I ever have the budget to build up a decent mid travel, pedal-able bike, I'll try to get a hammerschmidt and a tensioner on there.
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Bike is a 2003 Kona Kahuna by the way, and that's a vital sticker right next to the sensus one on the top tube.
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Clever way of keeping your derailleur in the right position!

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12/13/2010 10:15 AM

bturman wrote:

Clever way of keeping your derailleur in the right position!

Yeah, I've never used a derailleur as a tensioner before, and had no idea what other people do to keep them in place. Maybe something with those darn plus and minus screws? I really don't know. So I found a cable end and just kinda got that to work...

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12/13/2010 10:25 AM

1x9 of course, anything else would be uncivilized. Color depends on the season, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! wink
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12/13/2010 10:28 AM

1x9 11-34 with a 32 up front. MRP 1X up front to keep the chain on. I've tried it on all the big climbs I normally ride and it's been awesome. Might switch to a 33 or 34 but that might be too big for big climbs.

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12/13/2010 10:30 AM

1 x 9, 32t front cog with an xc range cassete on the rear. Good on all but the fastest of descents. I ride a dmr trailstar.

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12/13/2010 11:00 AM

09 santa cruz nomad with a 1x9 36tooth up front with a guide and 11-32or 34 i dont know rear ccassette

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12/13/2010 11:12 AM

NoahColorado wrote:

1x9 of course, anything else would be uncivilized. Color depends on the season, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! wink
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Awesome!

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Lance

12/13/2010 11:51 AM

I like the Idea of 1x10 with a chainguide and an 11-36 cassette. Moving towards the integration of freehub and and cassette should make the Idea more feasible for the average rider and those not interested in swapping chainrings to suit the trail.

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12/13/2010 11:58 AM

NoahColorado wrote:

1x9 of course, anything else would be uncivilized. Color depends on the season, HAPPY HOLIDAYS! wink
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you need the gold ano backplate for this wink

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12/13/2010 1:30 PM

1 x 9, 32 x 11-34 on a cannondale prophet. Oldschool LG1 plastics on a 32 special back plate w/ some light mods for crank fit.

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12/13/2010 3:39 PM

well since the new BB30 is out, there are currently no chainguides for this system, so rad... not. So on my new '11 tranceX im running 2x10 but dont like it, I have x9 front and rear coming. Ill be running 22/32 up front with a 11/26 in the rear. Hope this works!!

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12/13/2010 3:44 PM

2x9 24/36 + bash up front

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12/13/2010 3:44 PM

1x9 on my 29. 33 up front,11-34 in the rear.

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12/13/2010 4:46 PM

Yuroshek wrote:

well since the new BB30 is out, there are currently no chainguides for this system, so rad... not. So on my new '11 tranceX im running 2x10 but dont like it, I have x9 front and rear coming. Ill be running 22/32 up front with a 11/26 in the rear. Hope this works!!

I understand the Trance does not have ISCG mounts but that doesn't mean the BB30 is to blame. Specialized is using the BB30 on the '11 Demo 8 with a changuide. Using an E*Thirteen XCX-ST would work just fine until something better comes along.

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12/13/2010 7:37 PM

Yuroshek wrote:

well since the new BB30 is out, there are currently no chainguides for this system, so rad... not. So on my new '11 tranceX im running 2x10 but dont like it, I have x9 front and rear coming. Ill be running 22/32 up front with a 11/26 in the rear. Hope this works!!

Colin McCarthy wrote:

I understand the Trance does not have ISCG mounts but that doesn't mean the BB30 is to blame. Specialized is using the BB30 on the '11 Demo 8 with a changuide. Using an E*Thirteen XCX-ST would work just fine until something better comes along.

Yea I talked to the guys at e.13 already, they dont have any XCX's in stock right now. And your right maybe I shouldnt blame it, but after all I think im going to keep the 2x9, I feel I dont get as tired which equals more time on my bike!

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12/14/2010 9:30 AM

2x9 but looking to go 1x10 using 34 up front and 11-36 out back which should cover it. Clean up the cockpit too with the addition of an adjustable seatpost.

Anyone know if an older XO derailleur will work with 10 gears, and the capacity for the 36 cog? I have short and medium cages and really don't want to buy a new one.

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12/14/2010 11:01 AM

thanks for all the input so far. cool to see how versatile 1x10 setups can be and what the experiences w/ them are.

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12/14/2010 11:13 AM

@Yuroshek: I hear ya! More time on the bike is always good. MRP also makes an excellent 1X guide for bikes without ISCG mounts.
@MDJ: I believe the older XO is designed only to work with 9 speed chains. I would be interested to hear if 10speed pulleys would give compatibility to the 'old' derailluers. As for it working with a 36t cog, you got me. Maybe with the B-limit at full stop, but most likely it would compromise shifting throughout the range of the cassette. Sadly these newer systems aren't always designed to save you money but in turn offer the advantage of a simpler, cleaner and quieter set-up.

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6/12/2011 10:49 AM

Yuroshek wrote:

well since the new BB30 is out, there are currently no chainguides for this system, so rad... not. So on my new '11 tranceX im running 2x10 but dont like it, I have x9 front and rear coming. Ill be running 22/32 up front with a 11/26 in the rear. Hope this works!!

Colin McCarthy wrote:

I understand the Trance does not have ISCG mounts but that doesn't mean the BB30 is to blame. Specialized is using the BB30 on the '11 Demo 8 with a changuide. Using an E*Thirteen XCX-ST would work just fine until something better comes along.

I test ride my new '11 demo 8 up the local fire trail hill and barely made it, I had to stop and haul the bike up the steep hill and start bombing downhill. I usually take my '11 ex 8 with 3x10. Can I upgrade the rear cassette to a 10 gear?

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