Sorry to tag along, if I'm the wrong area let me know. My question is,
I bought a bike with two rings and a bash guard. What is the main reason you would want to get rid of a few gears? Mainly down hill riding or do you just not need to go through that many gears.
I ride mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area and Tahoe. We just don't have the long flat trails that warrant me riding a big ring. That said, I am sure there are a ton of guys on here that crank away at that big ring all day on my trails. I'm not that rider. I typically only use my big ring on the road back to my car. I do however play on rocks and trees a bunch and would get good use from a bash guard.