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    26" vs. 29" SS bike

    I currently have both my 29er and 26" bikes setup as single speeds. Any thoughts on which makes more sense to keep as a single speed and which more likely benefit from gears? No doubt this is probably dependent on local riding conditions. Here in the MItten state, we predominantly have tight single track with short steep climbs.

    I would appreciate any thoughts.
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    Well, I'd say keep the one you like to ride SS most and do whatever you want with the other one. Not sure I see any reason to set up either one geared.

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    Are they both rigid? Were they converted into SS? Pics would also help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelscott View Post
    Are they both rigid? Were they converted into SS? Pics would also help.
    Yes...more info would help.
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    Man! you guys love the bike porn! The 29er is a giant XTC composite converted with DMR sts, the 26er is a castellano fango aluminum softail converted with an origina 8 tension device. It has a Reba with a remote lockout, the giant has a fox float with the 3 position dampening system. The giant has been a little bit of pain to convert because of the chain stay orientation. I have to run the tensioner in the push down position, which hasn't been a problem riding but I prefer it the other way for obvious reasons.

    Pictures of the giant can be found on the second page of this thread:
    SS options for XTC frame

    I'll post pictures of the fango later. I'm leaning toward turning my giant into a 1/10. I'm completely finished with front deraileurs.
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    Both are SS...rigid 9r and HT 26" for me. That's all the bike porn I'm gonna do. snicker...

    Flatter, less technical, longer distance...I go with the big bike. More elevation, tighter track with turns and a bit more technical...I go with the little bike.

    If I was in your area of "predominantly tight single track with short steep climbs", then I'd definitely use my little bike or maybe even a 650b. Find a gear ratio where you've got some good top end speed (you'll still spin like a monkey, think 90-100 cadence) on the flats and enough torque on the bottom end to stand (think billy goat) on the climbs and not pop. I put some short bar ends on the little bike and it completely changed (in a good way) how I climb. It's kinda hard to explain the feeling of being out of the saddle and you and the bike are rockin' it up the climb, but you'll know it when it happens.

    Too tall a gear on the climbs usually results in unintended wheelies while you're going up (think bike somersaulting over your head as you scream, "Wah!"). Start with a short gear and take teeth off until you just about stall on the steepest climb. I won't suggest experimenting with a geared bike because this is a SS forum after all. Then add 1 tooth and I think you'll be set for that trail. Don't be afraid to change the chainring either to get the gear ratio that works for you. And always, prices are subject to change and YMMV.

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