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    New England area riders, what chain ring/cassette?

    What are you running for gears when you go out for your ride. Mainly asking as I ride mid ct to mid Massachusetts area. Trail riding only. Bike parks and kingdom trails donít count. I want to know what gets you over the natural trails.


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    Gears, yes gears are helpful. 1x8, 1x1, 1x 11, 2x10, 3x9, depends of the day and bike used. 1X are popular these days. 32 front and a 11 x 42 works OK on the fatty. YRMV.

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    I have a SS 34x18/19/20 depending where I'm going or if I'm racing. I have a HT 1x11 30x10-42. I have a HT 1x9 36x11-36. And a HT 2x7 22/32x13-23 built up for playing around with trials stuff. The first two are my main rides and I can ride both on the same trails with about the same rate of success.

    I would recommend a 30 or 32 up front and 10 or 11 to 42 out back if someone were looking to rework the drivetrain.

    But, you ask 10 people a gearing question and you'll usually get 15 answers.

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    No matter how low I've had, I always end up using 1st gear in the woods.

    On my rigid drop bar bike in technical single track 38t with an 11-42t is the max that I can comfortably say I can pedal everywhere. 34t is much nicer.

    Heavy full suspension bike, I was wishing I had lower than a 30t/10-50 combo.

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    Iím running a 32t with a Shimano/wolftooth 11spd 11-49 on my 2014 slash. Lately Iíve felt that a 30 tooth chainring would be very helpful. Slightly slower in high gear but almost an xtra gear lower? Is it cheating? Between the dropper, i30 wheels and 160 mm of travel the bike is a lot to climb. Right now Iím on 2.3 bontrager se5 tires which are fast and have good grip. If I went 2.4r/2.6f se4 I would be having a harder time climbing Iíd think.


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