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  1. #1
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    Mar 2011

    1x10 Chainring Ideas/Questions?

    Heh. It was the only suitable title I could think of...

    Anyway, I have recently converted my "scrap bike" (LINK and LINK) to a 1x10. I used the low-end M361L cranks, took off the 42t for a bash, left the 32t, and took off the 22t. I have a 11-34 (10sp) XT cassette.

    It seems to do well enough, but I kinda want a bit more "climbing". Well the only worthwhile option I found was to get that Extralite Octalink thingie because it's 30t (LINK). Unfortunately I kinda think I might want 28t. I noticed the Widgit makes a 28t, but is it 104bcd (or whatever, like my 32t is on my current crank)? I kinda want to use the middle chainring position on what was previously me triple up front.

    The other option (hopefully) was to figure out some way to get a 28t (if it even exists) on the granny chainring position and space the cranks as close to the middle ring position as possible. Is that even feasible? I'm so confused and at a loss, but I'd love to have a smaller front ring. Of the 10 cogs on the cassette, I only use the 4 climbing gears really, and I'd love to have more use of the entire cassette.

    I'm very open to ideas and suggestions.
    Last edited by Lenbo1982; 07-22-2011 at 11:54 PM.

  2. #2
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    The 28t Widget is a 64mm chainring that is offset so it still retains the middle chainring position but is bolted up to the granny ring bolt circle.

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    I just received my 28t widgit in the mail yesterday. It is definitely offset. It bolts to the granny ring position an is offset to the middle position for optimum chainline. I have not tried it yet, and I have a 9 spd 11/34 cassette an with all the research I did, you will only lose the 2 easiest gears on a 22t granny, an the 1 hardest gear on the 32. I think it's just about perfect for my kind of riding, but I will have to see as I have no seat time on it yet. There are ALOT of skeptics out there of going with a 28t, but... for the people that have actually done it with an 11/34 rear cassette, they have been very happy. If going with an 11/36 cassette I would probably move up to a 30t
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  4. #4
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    Mar 2011
    See, I'm not interested in losing the 34t on my 10spd cassette... that was another concern I had... :-/

  5. #5
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    for me I am running a 32T on crank and 11-36 XT cassette, climbing power is just good enough for me. I looked for a 30T a month ago but cant found it anywhere.

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