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    1X people what are your ratios

    I figured we're all in So Cal and probably all climb quite a bit. What ratios are you running? I'll start - Pivot Mach 5.7 carbon with a 1X11 32 front 42 rear. Debating going to a 30 or 28 up front.. What's your ratio?

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    I'm going to 1x on my XC bike (that will weigh about 6 pounds less than current bike), so I am going to go 32t on front, with 11-42. Will be a little tougher on the climbs but thats okay, I need to get stronger.

    I use this for ratios: BikeCalc.com - Bicycle Gear Inches Chart

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    Nomad C -32/36
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    Rigid SS 29er 32/20

    When it gets steep and cadence slows, I stand on all bikes.
    The 34/42 allows for casual spin on most soil types until it gets really steep.

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    I'm a 2X guy so my reply is irrelevant.

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    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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    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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    What's the degree and distance of that particular climb?

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    Not Cali (Colorado), but I've been running a 32 front with 11-32 rear 1x8 setup for years. About 26 gear inches with the 26" tire. Can't imagine needing or wanting a 42 rear?

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    Re: 1X people what are your ratios

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    What's the degree and distance of that particular climb?
    we did 2 loops. 11.5 total miles and 2600 ft of climbing. here's a link. it's the first time I've walked, but man was I wiped that day.


    Check out my 11.5 mi Ride on Strava: http://app.strava.com/activities/153487764

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    Another Colorado boy (old man) here. My low is 26x42 on my TBLTc. Gravity is my high gear.

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    San Diego local....34 x 11-36

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwivelo55 View Post
    San Diego local....34 x 11-36
    You climb Noble in that ratio?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    You climb Noble in that ratio?

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    On the fs I run a Raceface n/w 32 ring with an 11-36 10 speed cassette.
    Hardtail runs a 32 and 11-34 9 speed cassette.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hawg View Post
    You climb Noble in that ratio?
    I've climbed Noble with 32/34 it's doable. Just upgraded to 10 speed and the 36 cog should make it a bit easier. =)
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    32/11-36

    Ride all over. No issues. Seems to be the sweet spot for me.

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    1X people what are your ratios

    28x42 on a Ripley. Haven't yet found myself wanting a bigger ring up front.

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    29er HT: 1x10, 30T front and 11-42/OneUp 42T rear

    26 FS: 1x9 30T front and 11-34 rear, and its not low enough...but I don't do much climbing with this bike.

    I would get get a 28T for the day that you know are going to be slow grinders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwivelo55 View Post
    San Diego local....34 x 11-36
    Same here.

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    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.

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    Tallboy LTC

    34 single ring
    40x11 10 speed rear with Hope 40

    Makes you faster but you pay a bit in sweat and effort.

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    28/10-42 for me on my FS.

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    I was running 1x10 with 32/12-42, and now have a wider range on both ends with X01 28/10-42.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kragu View Post
    I was running 1x10 with 32/12-42, and now have a wider range on both ends with X01 28/10-42.
    Same cassette I am running. I am using a RaceFace NW ring up front. I thought I would want to move up to a 30t ring but haven't had the desire to yet with the long climbs I do and unless I am on a fire road descent I don't miss a larger ring.

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    1X people what are your ratios

    I started using the 28t because I had it lying around and my Lunchbox wouldn't fit a bigger ring. I expected to need the 32t ring for my top gear, but 28/10 is faster than 32/12 and I don't really have the need for more. I don't *really* need the 28/42 either, but it's nice to have on those days where I'm not feeling all that great.

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    32 x 20.

    I walk a lot.

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    32 with 11-34 (9spd) out back on a 26er.

    Love it, at least on the relatively short climbs where I live. Never hit anything steep enough to want a lower gear (but I stand and grind a few times a ride) and I've rarely run our of gear on the high end. If you sit and spin, you're going to need a smaller front or bigger rear.

    Not adding another divot into the rock and log obstacles (more clearance thanks to no big ring) is worth it in my book.

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    Unlike RaythePedaler, I converted my old Ellsworth Joker to 1X10 about 200 miles ago. That's a little under 6 weeks back, I think. i'm running a 32T Wolftooth up front, and a standard 11-36 10 speed cassette. SRAM X9 drivetrain...love the Type 2 derailleur.

    So far, no issues with not enough gears as far as climbing. I spin out at around 25-26 mph in the 32/11 gear, and I typically use ALL the gears in one ride, which really is how it should be.

    I must have the lightest 7" travel 'freeride sled' out there!

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    I'm on 30x 11-36 atm and is about perfect. Couple spots takes a bit more to climb but they are short enough an short stand and mash takes care of it. Something I noticed is that im actually able to handle the long sustained climbs better now than before. Though I lost some of low range the extra leverage gain makes up for it but I don't end up spinning like mad and getting wiped out easily. Found I can't spin fast for long tires me out un a hurry and I had to watch power I laid down our I'd stand the front wheel up way to easy.

    Thing is honestly the ratios and all that are going to differ person to person. U need to play with them urself and find what works for u.
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    I went 1x9 about a year ago on my 26" fs, found that 32 front, 12-36 rear was the sweet spot for me. Then a week ago I busted my shifter in a crash, so I used that as an excuse to upgrade to 1x10. Still 32t front but swapped my old middle ring for a RaceFace NW. 11-36 in the rear, and like Old Ray I'm running SRAM X9 with the type 2 RD. I don't feel like the gearing limits me except in a few extreme cases. Like tigris99, I found the occasional stand-n-mash works fine vs. sit-n-spin that I used to do with a granny ring. Top end is fine, I rarely want or need to go faster than 20-ish mph.

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    First off that is a crazy climb to distance ratio, so I would not put too much into how hard it was unless it is a regular ride for you.

    I have been all over the map. As high as 36/36, but have settled on 34/42 with 275. On my 26 I am running 36/42.

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    Laguna trails, 32 x 10-42, 11 speed - going to try a 34 front. 27.5" wheels.

    Figure wtf not, I don't ride canyon acres anyway.

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    30t up front with a 36-11 10 speed cassette in the back. Was great when I was riding 3 times a week, but for my new father every-other-weekend-warrior status, I really struggle sometimes. 11-speed upgrade is in my future, maybe even dropping to 28t up front. Like the guy earlier said... my high gear is gravity.

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    1X people what are your ratios

    Great thread! I contemplated this recently and went with

    30 and 11-36 10sp on fatboy
    32 And 11-34 9sp on enduro 26"

    I think 30 11-36 would be better on enduro. I prefer spinning though.



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    My 1x9 FS is running 34x11-34 with a 26" wheel. I don't feel like i want a spinier gear. I would walk faster.

    My SS is running 33x19 on a 650b wheel. Plenty of trips up Blackstar, Maple Springs, Indian TT, and Harding TT with that. Even did the Counting Coup on it for 44mi and 8000ft+. And i'm weak and slow. Although, most of my rides average between 15-20mi. So, an easier gear would be wasted imo.

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    FS 29er - 28t front ring w/ 11/40 rear (40t ring on an XT cassette)
    HT 29er - 30t front ring w/ 11/42 rear (42t ring on an XT cassette)

    Ride mostly Turnbull and Oaks. Climbs those hills pretty easily with this gearing. When it's time to replace these front rings, will probably go 30t and 32t.

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    Niner EMD 9... I keep buying other bikes and I keep riding the Niner.

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    Never been a problem until I get real lazy... then it's sit and spin and be miserable time.

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    26er AM bike. 30/42 found this is pretty perfect with the 11speed. Climbing in Ventura County and Santa Barbara. I have a 32 that I have yet to swap to yet because I like the 30 so much.

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    Stumpy fsr 29 9 speed 32 front, 34 back. Almost perfect, when Ill change to 10 speed and 36 or 40 back, Its gonna be perfect.

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    1 x 10: 32 x 11-36

    This works for 95% of what I ride here in So Cal. (mostly OC trails). I had to learn to get out of the saddle a little more--something that I really like riding style-wise now.

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    I was mainly after a weight reduction to help the bike on the climbs I do in the Marshal Canyon Claremont La Verne loops I ride so I went to a 30x11-42 with a X9 DER on my Process and haven't looked back. Running a Raceface NW up front and a 1Up conversion on the rear... works great. Have been contemplating going to a 32 up front to try and get a little top end back but not all that motivated yet because everything is working so well at the moment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Merlin_57 View Post
    I was mainly after a weight reduction to help the bike on the climbs I do in the Marshal Canyon Claremont La Verne loops I ride so I went to a 30x11-42 with a X9 DER on my Process and haven't looked back. Running a Raceface NW up front and a 1Up conversion on the rear... works great. Have been contemplating going to a 32 up front to try and get a little top end back but not all that motivated yet because everything is working so well at the moment.
    If you end up selling that 32, sell me your old 30...?

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    To the OP I know that climb and its a doozy...I don't think I ever hit that with anything less then my granny....old legs.

    Right now I live in Utah and switch between a 1x set up of 27x36 and 30x36. I use the NSB 27 and 30 with AKA cranks with great success and its an easy switch. The 27x36 I think is equal to the 24x32 I used to use anyways so its a comfortable ratio- the 30x36 pushes me a little more and is great for when I am back in California or trying to enforce my fitness and feeling awesome.

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    My 1x Ratios:

    Highball Al 32 x 21 yes it is a 1x1....SS

    TalllboyC 2 32 x 11/36

    I am in OC and ride the SS 95% of the time. This includes everything in the Santa Ana's, Big Bear, Santa Monica's, plus all of the County Parks. Climbs are not really an issue.

    The Tallboy was a 1x9 with 32 x 12/34 but I wanted to get a Type 2 derailleur, so I bumped up to 10 speed....however I was perfectly happy on the 1x9.

    In the year that I have been 1x9/10, there has only been 1 ride where I wished I still had a bailout gear...that was in Moab.
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    On my Enduro 29 I run a Race Face 30t on the front and One Up 42t on the rear. Rode McGill trail last Saturday and I'm very glad that I had the ratio I did. 10 miles up with 3400'. It was brutal but awesome.

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    On my Ripley I run 32 with the 11-42.
    On my Tracer T275 I tried to get a little more speed so went with the 30 and the 11-42. I am now beating some of my Ripley climbing PR's which I was not expecting.

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    SART was no problem with 32 with 11-36 on both 29 and 26. Was more annoyed by lack of mash-ability in my highest gear on the descents than spin-ability in climbing gears. Last time I did SART with 2x, I was loving the DH portion from Southfork to Middle Control Rd, but my legs gave out by the end and was getting chain drop issues. Did San Juan Trail with a couple stops with same gearing on my 29er (set my PR with 1x), but didn't find a lack of high gearing on the downs as it was more than fast enough for me to handle. Local cat 3 and cat 4 rated climbs can be a bit of a slog, but that's more because I dislike those particular climbs than the gearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiwivelo55 View Post
    San Diego local....34 x 11-36
    Quote Originally Posted by mbell View Post
    Same here.
    same here

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    32T 11-36 on my Epic and so far really happy. Able to climb everything I used to so far but this bike climbs really well anyway. No regrets going 1 X 10.

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    Santa Cruz 5010 carbon, Raceface Next SL direct mount
    1X10: 30T front, 11-36 rear (Shimano shadow der)

    this week going to 32T front and SRAM X01 10-42 (requires XD driver and new front shifter obviously) because I've been going to Mammoth and need a little more range, mostly top end.

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    Don't forget the rear derailleur.

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    yep yep, X01

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