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    what components do you guys like in mud?

    I'm set up for next sundays race with xtr derailleurs (f&r), sram rocket shifters, FSA crank and XT cassette. I rode the course last sunday with another bike that has XT crank, XT cassette but SRAM 9.0 shifters &rear deraileur, XT front derailleur and it didn't get all clogged up like the first setup. Every year this course claims a lot of rear derailleurs, and I usually have to ride the last few miles in the granny because it is blocked up with mud.
    What is the best setup?

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    8 speed setup. Sram X9 or XO rear derailleurs, Sram PC68 chain with a 12-32 XT cassette or 11-32 Sram PG850 cassette. You can use a X7/ X9 twister or X7 triggers It will shift perfect nomatter what. I would highly suggest a Deore STEEL middle ring to avoid chainsuck as the Alu's aren't that reliable in the mud.
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    Preferably those I don't have to clean or service. The drivetrain setup for 9 speed, whether SRAM or Shimano in 9 speed I'd have to give the edge to the SRAM rear shifter/derailluer, otherwise don't see much differences. 8 speed would be more reliable, single speed even better. Carry an extra water bottle, squirt that drivetrain down just before the end and sprint to victory!
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    I always use 1.1mm derailleur cables instead of the standard 1.2mm in 5mm housing. The little extra room keeps everything shifting smoother longer. This combined with medium cage derailleur to keep it up and away from muck and rock.

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    My wheels plug up first (even with 1.9 inch tires) the chain and drive is still shifting.... until it dries out and sets up.

    I use automotive wax to help it shed better.

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    Singlespeed then 6-speed.

    Narrow mud tires reduce mud build up on the frame
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    [QUOTE=ol-crank
    What is the best setup?[/QUOTE]

    I just run my standard stuff, no problems in the wet for me
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    Spray down everything (except brake rotors or rims and any contact points such as saddle, grips, and tires) with non-stick cooking spray (like Pam). Sheds mud like a duck sheds water!

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    I'm speechless................

    Quote Originally Posted by Brown_Teeth
    I just run my standard stuff, no problems in the wet for me
    thanks for the pic

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    I've heard about Pam but didn't know if it worked, I think

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker72
    Spray down everything (except brake rotors or rims and any contact points such as saddle, grips, and tires) with non-stick cooking spray (like Pam). Sheds mud like a duck sheds water!
    I will try it on sunday. My bike is about 21 # but half way through the race it weighs a lot more with the mud.

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