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    I too would prefer to go 1X11 but just cannot justify the cost at this time. It would be nice to have the broader range no doubt. Perhaps down the road I'll buy the XX1 shifter, chain, RD and cassette and make the swap. Not sure my existing XO crank would be an issue and may save me some costs.

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    I was happily using a 32 x 11-36 XT 10 spd but am now adding a Wolf Tooth 42 and 16 to my bike. The 11-36 was fine for 95% of what I ride in OC (Santiago Oaks, Aliso, Whiting, etc) but I'm getting too old not too, lol. It'll be nice having a little relief.

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    30 up front with 11-42 10 sp on the rear.

    Race face NW and wolftooth in back.

    Still have problems getting my 36lb enduro evo expert up hills.

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    Thought I'd bump this with an update. I finally went from a 32 to a 30 up front. Only two teeth but it's made a world of difference for me. Since each ratio for smaller it feels like 3-4 extra gears. That said, I do notice I spin out a hair earlier on some descents.

    Overall I'm happy with the new radio

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    1x9. 36 up front on a 32 lb all mountain bike
    Ripping trails and tipping ales

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    Quote Originally Posted by robncircus View Post
    To be honest this thread was promoted by the misery of climbing to the suicide trail in agoura. We took a trail from king James road that laid me out and made me rethink ratios. Thanks for the responses thus far.

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    I walk a good chunk of that climb on my 3x!

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    30T x 10-42T.

    all you guys with anything bigger upfront must be quite in shape. I top out on the road to and from the trails, but I'm not wanting for top end speed on the trails.

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    34T X 10-36T

    Only 3 months on it so far, definitely getting stronger. I climbed Holy Jim to Santiago Peak with this setup. Once I did that I knew I could handle most everything.

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    28/40 on my 1x10 Canfield
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    1X people what are your ratios

    30 x 10-42 on my 27.5 Megatrail

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    Quote Originally Posted by morandi View Post
    30x42 on my Specialized Enduro 29er. 800-900 gram tires. I could easily go 32 in the front, but the 30 allows for a little more of a bailout when I'm spent. I always try and gear for the worst case scenario. The 32 would give me a minimal advantage going down, for the trails I ride at least. Pumping is better at that point.
    My thoughts exactly...I'm also down here in San Diego and run 30 x 42 on my Pivot Mach 6. Hadn't done it in over 10 years but climbed Nobel yesterday and was surprised how strong I felt. Last time I did it was on a 24 lb Trek Fuel. Hoping my Yeti SB5c comes in next week and I plan on running the same ratios on that bike but *might* try the 32 up front.

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    53 up front, 10-42 in back.
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    27.5 32/11-42. 2200 avg climb per ride.

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    2X10, but the 26/36 arrives at the same ratio as a 32/42 on a 29er using the online calculator. Climbed Poles at Morro the other day in 26/36. I can't think of a steeper climb that I've done that wasn't a lot shorter. That said, I don't think I'll be needing anything lower than a 32/42 when I finally get around to a conversion.

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    I keep thinking about dropping my large chainring to go 1x10, bit I'm afraid of losing anything up top for fast XC stuff, and afraid if trying to push anything taller then my low right now on some of the long climbs. And no budget for real upgrades either.

    How much weight savings are we really looking at? I'm at about 30 pounds right now, a few grams isn't going to make a difference.

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    I actually just experimented with this.
    I'm 28x11-42/29er... wore out my 28 and decided to jump to 32 up front. Hell no... it sucked. After thinking through it, questioned why I would want to limit my low end range.

    I feel the 28x11-42 on a 29er is a great mix for me... realizing it's not about ego or machismo, just wanting options to handle gnarly long climbs or for the days I don't want to bust a nut.

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    Running 30tooth, 10-42 back on my Enduro 29er.
    Just switched to a 30 tooth Absolute Black OVAL chainring on the front. I highly recommend trying out an Oval chainring. Has a slight learning curve, but the benefits are there. Less fatigue over the long haul, increases gear range (big gear feels bigger, low feels lower), I really like it in out of the saddle climbs. Its really nice when things get hard and steep easier to keep the pedals turning.

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