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    Any GTA Durham Forest riders using a 1 x 10? What gearing?

    Just wondering what gearing you chose for your 1 X 10 for trails like Durham Forest (all of it. Glen, Walker, Durham Forest Proper etc). I think I could get by most of the Don trails with a 1 X 10 bc I can middle ring (albeit mashing) many climbs already, but Durham forest has some long long steep climbs. I have a Giant Anthem X 29'er with a 38/24 front and an 11-36 rear. I was thinking of going 1 X 10 but need to chose between a 30, 32 or 34 front chainring. If I ever needed more low end but liked the top end, I could also grab a General Lee adapter.

    So any 1 X 10 riders in Durham Forest trails? What's your setup?

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    I am on a 1x10 (grey air 9) 34 up front and 11-36 in the rear. For me it is more than enough for any of those climbs. For top end, I only ever find I am out of gears if I am on the road, so the cadence goes up. For my next drivetrain I may go 1x11, the 42 would help out in places like 3 stage and out side the province.

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    I ride Single in Durham *Though I know this isn't what you asked*... But I run a 34:18 and there's not much in there I can't climb on the Durham side. Once you get into Glen Major / Walker side of things, there's some things in there I can't climb at all, or requires a pretty good effort to do.

    I do ride a 2x10 as well, rarely get out of the big ring which is a 38:36-11.

    Hope that helps a bit.
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    30T direct mount wolftooth with bash ring on 30 pound carbon tallboy. 11 - 36
    i just stand up and use my mass to carry me down hills
    usually ride in gear 4 or 5 which optimizes chain line in my opinion .

    by way of comparison my sir9 is set up 32/19 only a couple of hills i can't make it up in Ontario and im fat and old.
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    1x10 on a 29er with a 32t

    Never had a need for more or less gear in Ontario yet.

    36t on a 26er

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    Far enough. Thanks guys. Good feedback and advice. I guess I'll flip a three sided coin. I think a 32 or 30 is a safe bet, and a 34 would still work. I will lose some weight off my bike going 1 X 10 and then I just have to keep losing weight off my belly...lol. I have a 32 on my 26'er that I can put on my 29'er and see how it works, but I'd rather just pick a narrow/wide ring and go with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tommy View Post
    I am on a 1x10 (grey air 9) 34 up front and 11-36 in the rear. For me it is more than enough for any of those climbs. For top end, I only ever find I am out of gears if I am on the road, so the cadence goes up. For my next drivetrain I may go 1x11, the 42 would help out in places like 3 stage and out side the province.
    OP - this guy is an animal. if he can do 34 up front, doesn't mean everyone else can. he just did 100 miles on his bike this past weekend on one water bottle...
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    I am running 1x9 on my Misfit, 32t front KK1 chainring and 11/32 in the back. It's a bit of a grunt on some hills but i've raced 100milers in this setup and not died. DF trails would be great for a 32t and most of ON.
    I have been riding the 1x11 and the 2 extra easier gears have been much less suffering!

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    I'm running a 34 front as well, wouldn't change it at all. Just did a 24hr AR race up in Parry Sound on the weekend, 100km of double track with some road and also no issues.
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    I forgot to ask the weight of each bike. That makes a difference. My AX1 29 is 28.00 LBS as a 2 X 10.

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    I'm actually running a 1x9, I'm riding a Niner Air 9 RDO with a carbon Lefty, weight is 21lbs.
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    18.4lbs on 1x10 with a SID fork - 32/11-36

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