I've been running a 27/40 setup with a 11-34 but find that the 40 front ring is a bit tough on my legs. I can pedal through my home turf but I would like it to be a bit easier as I am starting to build up strength again after a LONG hiatus. The 40 is doable but not comfortable. By going to a 1x9 now it gives me a reason to try something a bit more leg friendly.
Keeping the same cassette, what would be more "all around" for the front chainring? I know it depends on your health and strength but I would like something most anyone who uses the bike would be comfortable with. The climbs here aren't crazy but there are a few. Fire roads? We have stretches depending on the location.
Right now I'm thinking about a 34t front. This is for a 26er.
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