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    Regretable bike purchase?

    After searching for quite a while, I finally came across something that peaked my interest. I dont have a picture at the moment but here is a link to a description.

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    I paid 180 for it. Its worn and scratched, its seen use,band for some reason down the line someone decided to remove anything that would sugest this bike had a left hand shifter which includes the shifter, derauiler, chain guard and all front end cogs except for one. To replace those components will take some green. What would you suggest I do next with this thing?




    EDIT: I would just like to mention that the chain falls off all the time so one way or another I need to make some type of alteration. Would a simple chain guard help keep it in check?
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    So is it set up as a 1 x 9? I would leave it like it is and ride it.

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    I would drop the negative attitude towards your new-to-you bike purchase and ride your bike. I would not put money into it except for items that wear out (tires, tubes).

    Have fun on the trails.
    The suspension of your bike sucks if it's different than mine. Really. It sucks. Big time.

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    The drive components you have wear and probably will need replacing at some point. So at that point you could put on a new chain,12-36 cassette and front ring or rings and derailleur and shifter. Measure the chain for wear beyond exactly 12 inches to see where you are now. 1x10 with a clutch rear derailleur and new shifter might be an option at change point. 9 speed rings work with 10sp chain.

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    Is everything that is on the bike working OK?

    If yes, go and ride it.

    Lots of people are now converting their bikes to 1x9 (or whatever number of rear cogs they have). They have found that all they ever use is the one chainring.

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    it is not a bike that I'd want to upgrade much. Keep it in riding order? Definitely.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    I would just like to mention that the chain falls off all the time, so one way or another I need to make some type of alteration. Would a simple chain guard help keep it in check?

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    There's a number of ways to ensure the chain stays on. A bashring with something like an N-gear Jumpstop is one. Then there's various chain guides and even a front derailer locked in place.

    I'm pretty sure the Drivetrain section has many threads on keeping the chain on a 1x9.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    It would - but it is also possible that the chain is too long (not enough tension on the chain can cause it to drop when riding in bumpy conditions)

    put the rear into the biggest gear on the back, and check to see how much extra chain you have - you may be able to take out a link or three.....

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    For now... ride it. If you find your self missing the other cogs then consider swaping it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    ... it is also possible that the chain is too long (not enough tension on the chain can cause it to drop when riding in bumpy conditions)

    put the rear into the biggest gear on the back, and check to see how much extra chain you have - you may be able to take out a link or three.....
    Excellent point that I totally missed...

    For many, but not all, a correctly shortened chain is all it takes.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    It would - but it is also possible that the chain is too long (not enough tension on the chain can cause it to drop when riding in bumpy conditions)

    put the rear into the biggest gear on the back, and check to see how much extra chain you have - you may be able to take out a link or three.....
    The chain doesn't have the slightest give under those conditions. I guess it might have to be the bashguard then. For the life of me I cannot understand why someone felt the need to remove even that on the bike.

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    My 1 x 10 has one of these on it. e*thirteen components Bike is lighter without all those extra gears on it. I live in the flatlands so I don't miss the few gears I am missing.

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    Put a bashwich on it. Do a search.
    The single front ring is good depending on the terrain, nice and simple.

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