Need help understanding 1x10 set-up
I have read several threads about 1x10 set-up, and it sounds like a great way to simplify your bike and drop weight. I'm a weekend warrior in So Cal and in my riding, I rarely use the big front chain ring - pretty much only when I ride paved roads, which is rare. In fact, I purposely stayed on the small chain ring all day yesterday to see how it felt, and I had no problems whatsoever (I am not a racer).
So, I have a few questions about converting to a 1x10 set-up. I currently have a 2013 Camp Comp 29 with 36/22 chainrings according to website.
1. What do I "lose" if I convert to 1x10? I currently do need the lowest gears to climb hills, so I would not want to sacrifice that ability.
2. What will I need to purchase in order to make the conversion? Do I need to buy a whole new crankset, or can I trim down my exisitng crankset, and just leave on the small chainring?
3. Is there anything else I need to consider before doing somethign like this? Really - other than racing which I do not do - I do not see that I need the big chainring at all (but I am a newb, so help me out here).
You don't have to do anything,just ride it like you did. If you wanted to do it right ,then you would need to change the cranks. What you would lose is some of the gear spread you have now .The one gear cranks don't have as small of a chain ring as your granny .What people do when converting is use the middle chain ring ,instead of the granny. The chain line is much better that way. If you use the granny ,then the chain has to go to extreme angles in the smaller gears,that's bad for the chain and gears.
Since you are new to it, and currently need to use the lower gears, I would stick with the setup until you dont. A 22T front chainring will really hurt your top speed and you may want more down the road. 2x10 is actually a really great setup.
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OK thanks guys. I guess I will just stick to my current set up for now until I get stronger.
Originally Posted by moefosho
Or if you change to a 1x10 setup you will automatically get stronger, because you won't have a choice. I run a 1x9 on my trail bike with a 32 front ring and an 11/34 cassette. With the 29 you probably already have a 11 or 12/36 rear cassette. Really, all you would need to do would be to drop the granny ring, change the middle ring to a gear of your choosing and remove the front derailleur. You can get the Race Face narrow/wide chainrings all the way down to 30T.
Also, I live in SoCal if you want to ride. There's not much you couldn't climb with a 1x10 setup here.
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