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    Idea! Going 1x10 - 30T Race Face N/W

    After upgrading the stem and tires, it is time to experiment going to a 1x10 setup. Right now the 30T Narrow/Wide RaceFace chainring is on sale at BikeBling for less than 24 bucks! With some great advice from 8ikingVIIking, I pulled the trigger on it last night. With this upgrade, I will lose about a pound in weight and (hopefully) find the gearing that I am needing. I find myself in certain circumstances either too high geared or too low with no middle ground between the 24 and 38 chainrings. If anything, this will be a great experiment to see if I can find that middle ground. I will update once it arrives next week with pics and a small writeup as there isn't much to the upgrade.
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    Interested to see the conversion.

    What's a example of a circumstance where you are "too low or high"?

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    Going up hills mostly trevor_b. There is a 3 mile loop that I hit after work everynight with a section of uphills that I just can't seem to find the right gear for. I have run that section in the 24T - 3rd and 4th gear, and 38T - 2nd and 3rd gear and neither of them feel right at all. I have gone above and below the gears I have stated, but no luck. I can make them work, I just think I can make it work better if I had a chainring that was inbetween the 24 and 38.
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    What do you mean by doesn't feel right? Too hard or too easy to sit and spin etc?

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    Yep, you hit the nail on the head. I have had my Goblin only a month now, but I am coming off a 2x7 setup on my Giant that I rode for two years and wondering if that has something to do with it. Perhaps just not used to the new gearing??
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    Yea I know coming from a 3x8 previously to a 2x10 on the goblin it was definitely a different/learning experience. I have a good handle on it now though (after 500+ miles).

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    I don't think I can wait that long...lol - right now I am at 150 miles. Not sure I could wait another 350 miles to see if I can grow into it. For 25 bucks though, it is worth a shot to see if this does anything for my riding. Worst case is that I hate it too, but can easily get my money back out of the chainring on CL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    After upgrading the stem and tires, it is time to experiment going to a 1x10 setup. Right now the 30T Narrow/Wide RaceFace chainring is on sale at BikeBling for less than 24 bucks! With some great advice from 8ikingVIIking, I pulled the trigger on it last night. With this upgrade, I will lose about a pound in weight and (hopefully) find the gearing that I am needing. I find myself in certain circumstances either too high geared or too low with no middle ground between the 24 and 38 chainrings. If anything, this will be a great experiment to see if I can find that middle ground. I will update once it arrives next week with pics and a small writeup as there isn't much to the upgrade.
    Are you also getting a type 2 RD? It really needs that as well to work the best. The leaving the FD still-on-as-a-guide trick works "OK", but it doesn't keep the chain from popping off all of the time. The type 2 FD helps a lot.

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    I'd be interested in trying this out. Do you plan to completely remove the FD? If so, isn't a chain guide needed?

    Jeremy, are you saying that chainring with no FD and a type 2 RD won't need a chain guide?

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    With the narrow/wide ring, it should not need a chainguide for the most part, but a rear derailleur with a clutch would be ideal (according to RaceFace). I just want to try this ring on for size as an experiment, and then if it works as far as gearing, then I will seek out a clutched rear derailleur (or a nice chainguide depending on cash flow). I have talked to several people that use this 30T ring in a 1x10, and they all love it, with almost no dropped chains.

    As far as the front derailleur, I will more than likely ditch it when the time comes. All I plan to do is remove the shifter and cable for the first few rides to see how it all works and feels.
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    I recently switched to a 1x9 setup on my Guardian with no guide whatsoever, as the FD wouldn't adjust over enough to act as one. At first I dropped the chain with the standard ramped middle ring on the crank a couple times a ride, depending where I rode. I bought the RF narrow wide chain ring and no drops at all now, YMMV. This is with a standard X9 rear derailleur. A type 2 rear derailleur would make the drive line even more secure.

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    Thanks s0ul_chicken. For $30 shipped i ordered one to try. I find myself never using the large front ring on my goblin, however, I find the small ring a little small. If I like the gearing I might do the same as you by losing the FD + shifter and upgrading to a type 2 RD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tuskenraider View Post
    I recently switched to a 1x9 setup on my Guardian with no guide whatsoever, as the FD wouldn't adjust over enough to act as one. At first I dropped the chain with the standard ramped middle ring on the crank a couple times a ride, depending where I rode. I bought the RF narrow wide chain ring and no drops at all now, YMMV. This is with a standard X9 rear derailleur. A type 2 rear derailleur would make the drive line even more secure.
    Thats good to hear! I take it you wouldn't go back?

    Quote Originally Posted by MysticRI View Post
    Thanks s0ul_chicken. For $30 shipped i ordered one to try. I find myself never using the large front ring on my goblin, however, I find the small ring a little small. If I like the gearing I might do the same as you by losing the FD + shifter and upgrading to a type 2 RD.
    According to 8ikingVIIking, he used the inner chainring bolts to secure the new chainring since they are a bit longer. What color ring did you get?
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    According to 8ikingVIIking, he used the inner chainring bolts to secure the new chainring since they are a bit longer. What color ring did you get?
    I just went with boring black.

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    I had to go green myself!
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Thats good to hear! I take it you wouldn't go back?
    Nope, quite happy with 32T chain ring and 11-32T cassette. Enough gear range for the asphalt or any climbs here in the midwest.

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    I thought about a 32T, but for an extra 15 bucks I said no...lol - not sure why the 30T is cheaper, perhaps over-produced.

    The 30 will go to a 11-36, should be interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MysticRI View Post

    Jeremy, are you saying that chainring with no FD and a type 2 RD won't need a chain guide?


    Yep, that's correct!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MysticRI View Post
    I'd be interested in trying this out. Do you plan to completely remove the FD? If so, isn't a chain guide needed?

    Jeremy, are you saying that chainring with no FD and a type 2 RD won't need a chain guide?
    I am running 34T WnW with no guide and my stock X5 RD and have not dropped a chain once. Lots of roots rocks and mud too.

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    That is the fourth testimonial I have come across on running everything stock - do you think it will hold up as the chainring wears?
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    That is the fourth testimonial I have come across on running everything stock - do you think it will hold up as the chainring wears?
    I dont see why not. If not, I will upgrade to new RD and get a new WnW.
    I was gonna upgrade my RD, but I am happy with the X5.

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    Well, my plans for a 1x10 will be delayed due to a screwed up BB and frame... I will update as I get (hopefully) a frame replacement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    Well, my plans for a 1x10 will be delayed due to a screwed up BB and frame... I will update as I get (hopefully) a frame replacement.
    What happened?

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    See my other thread here.
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    Will that race face chain ring bolt up to the stock Guardian cranks? I'm thinking about changing the guardian to a 1x10 with Sram x9 RD and that race face chainring. After looking on the race face website I think it will bolt up to my stock cranks but I might have to use a shim
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