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    SS Gearing at SOC

    Signed up for the XC race this year at SOC with my SS HT29

    currently set up 32x20 but looking for opinions on what will work best?

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    You may run out of revs on the flats. Some dudes were running 32x17, and one hardcore dude was running a 34x18.
    one by nine works just fine but single speed is all ya need

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    I have a 18 I may run depending on the conditions (of me

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    Hard to say when you don't mention which SS race you are doing.

    If you are doing the 40 mile Cat 1 race 32x20 could be good

    If you are doing the 20 mile Cat 2 race, then you can bet that the lead group will be geared a few teeth less in back.

    I think there is a Cat 3 SS race too
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    SS gearing is always a matter of personal preference, strength and fitness but I will say the Sea Otter course is pretty tough on one gear. I rode it two years ago on a Trek SuperFly SS 29er with 32x18. Gearing was pretty good on the first lap but the second lap started to hurt a bit. Most of the climbs were relatively short but a few were really steep. Overall I think a little harder gear is an advantage with the short climbs because you really don't lose that much time if you have to get off and run a short distance but you can lose a lot on the rest of the course by spinning out in too easy of a gear.

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    I ride portions of the course about 3 to 4 times a week on a 34x18 and it is great when I've been consistent but just a bit too much if I have been a slacker.

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