I bought my 2009 Gary Fisher Paragon after extensive research, based mostly on antidotal stories on this website. It's been a great bike for me, but has been neglected to second best after I picked up a 2012 Giant Anthem X29er 1 early in October.
Now that the weather outside is too nasty for my main ride, I've decided to put my Paragon to use as a winter and early spring ride. Basically, it's my nasty weather riding machine from here on out.
The Giant is a 2 x 10 system and I much prefer it to my 3 x 9 on my Paragon. I hardly ever use the 42T and even less the 22T, so I figured why not give a single ring up front a shot? Using marpilli's GT buildup thread for some inspiration (see thread here: GT Frame Build-Up - 2005 Aggressor) I decided to go for it. Here's my tale of trimming some fat off the bike...
Bike in kitchen, check. Wife gone on holidays, check.
So ugly, 42/32/22, just crazy front end gearing for a hardtail 29er
Lots of chunky parts on the front end. That front derailleur has got to go!
With wifey gone, time to make use of the stove....
BBG bashwich setup
Outer guard close up
Nice clean stove top!
Time to pull up some sleeves and get to work!
Bigger tool required.
Might as well just use the right tool in the first place!
Bye-bye shifter. You will not be missed.
From the bike to the counter top!
Single speed chainring
Pants match the shirt, just need a jacket
Jacket looks good!
Random poser shots
Clearance looks good
Camera toy effect shot
New chain. Big cassette, single front chainring, no derailleur plus two links. I can actually probably stand to remove some more chain, but I'll run it as if for now.
Up to this point, things were going good. But as luck would have it, I should of gone with a 30T setup and possibly avoided the probably of chainstay rub on my inner guard. Actually, it's more like inner chainstay blocker rather than rub, so....
Time to call in some backup
Not pictured, four foot breaker bar. I really hate bottom bracket work
With bashgaurd now clearing the chainstay, I get this junk. Chain line is like a drunken Tonga line...just embarrassing
A shirt and pant setup it is. Guess we don't need the jacket for this event. Hopefully I don't discover later on that I'm going to have to downsize a ring and do this all over again with different pants and a smaller jacket
You'll have to trust me that the chain line is much better, even if it doesn't show too well
It feels like I can lose two more links, but somebody please chime in if you think I've taken too many links out based on this shot
Thoughts - no ride yet, but the bling factor is cool. I'm a bit bummed that I can't have my sandwich and eat it too, so I'm going to have to settle for the outer guard only for now. The whole point of the sandwich is chain retention. If my chain falls off consistently, I'll spring for a new setup.
Will post back after some rides to comment on actual real-world ride reports. Given weather, that might be a while from now...
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