3x9 to 1x9 Conversion
I have a 2010 Gary Fisher Marlin which I love to throw off jumps and ledges. Getting a little tired of chainslap and extra weight (2 chain rings that I don't use). What all would I need to convert to a 1x9 and eliminate this ridiculous chain slap. Any particular chain ring size you would recommend? I do some pretty major climbing, but I usually manage to stay in the middle chain ring. I know I would need a shorter derailleur, but what else? Thanks
32t single-speed specific chainring
short chainring bolts
remove all chainrings, install new chainring with short bolts
shorten chain so that the RD will work on the biggest cassette cog. you don't need it any bigger than that.
doing this is not going to automatically relieve chainslap. shortening your chain is going to help a lot, but that only makes sense if you're going 1x. if you have a 10 speed drivetrain, you could also put a Shimano Shadow Plus RD on there and that should sort out most of the chain slap.
Everything mack_turtle said ^^^^, with the stipulation that if you're jumping and you want to avoid dropping your chain, I'd recommend at least an upper guide on your chainring.
I like the Paul Components chain keeper, it's worked wonders on my CX bike.
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