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    VT 50 SS Gearing?

    Any recommendations? I've never done this race.

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    I've only done it once, about 10 years ago. I don't remember any super-steep climbs. Lots of wide-open stuff.

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    Each person is different so suggesting a good gear is difficult.

    Whatever you can pedal comfortably. Go ride some terrain with climbs similar to what is in the VT50 and see how you feel. If its too hard go with an easier gear. If its too easy go with a harder gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dougyfresh9
    Each person is different so suggesting a good gear is difficult.

    Whatever you can pedal comfortably. Go ride some terrain with climbs similar to what is in the VT50 and see how you feel. If its too hard go with an easier gear. If its too easy go with a harder gear.
    Thanks for the advice but unfortunately I have no idea what the terrain will be like at the VT50 except that it has about 9,000 ft of climbing. I recently did the Wilderness 101 and the Shenandoah 100 with a 32x20. I heard that the climbs are shorter but steeper.

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    26er or 29er?

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    Is there any other answer then 29er

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    No suggestions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebeat007
    No suggestions?
    SS class winners like Lyster will do 2:1

    A fast demi-pro top 10 overall finisher dude like Parsons reported he ran 34:18, 33:19, and some other gear on a 29er- none of which were the "right" gear

    Last year, I ran 34:20 on a 29er in the mud- acceptable for most climbs, but it was still a brutal race.

    This year, 34:20 or (if very dry and fast) maybe 32:18

    I've seen a lot of guys on 32:20. The climbs are many.
    Check out some of our local hills: CDRC (Capital District Road Climbs)

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    It really depends on personal preference. I'd run a 32:20 for a race, 32:22 for easy trail riding. I'm currently running a 3-spd setup with 32 in the front, 28,21,16 in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vermont29er
    It really depends on personal preference. I'd run a 32:20 for a race, 32:22 for easy trail riding. I'm currently running a 3-spd setup with 32 in the front, 28,21,16 in the back.
    Thanks guys!!!

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    I did the race on a 29er last year on a 33x19. It would have been perfect it is was dry. It was a mudfest and it was a bit too much gear.

    I came in 7th ss last year fwiw.

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