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    building a SS

    Ive came across a hardtail giant frame. i want to build a single speed for the mountains, anyone got a good recommendation for gear ration to ride single track/mountains

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    It depends on you and the trails.
    The tooth count also depends on what wheel size you have.
    On my 26" wheeled "trail SS", 32/18, 34/19 and 34/18 are pretty good for ME on MY local trails.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    hrmm, im just trying to find an idea before i buy. i understand i'll be playing with different ratios till i find one i like. also, 29 wheels

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    Quote Originally Posted by garybbentley View Post
    hrmm, im just trying to find an idea before i buy. i understand i'll be playing with different ratios till i find one i like. also, 29 wheels
    It's all variable depending on your fitness and the terrain, but on a 29er I don't think 32x20 is ever a bad place to start. I'm running 34x20 at the moment on roller-coaster terrain without much sustained climbing. If I had long uphills to contend with my (seasonally-adjusted lack of) fitness would probably force me to gear down.
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    i'm a wuss so i started at 32/22 on my 29er.

    after a few weeks i'm feeling ready to move up a gear or so soon.

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    Start with something comfortable and easy(er) like 32x20. One of the big things about SS'ing for me is pedal what you got and focus on the trail. Soon enough you will find your magic gear and find SS zen. Personally I am a "masher" and not a "spinner" which means I would rather push a taller gear.
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    building a SS

    Quote Originally Posted by irv_usc View Post
    i'm a wuss so i started at 32/22 on my 29er.

    after a few weeks i'm feeling ready to move up a gear or so soon.
    You're ready for a 20T

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    I to plan to build a SS this coming winter. My gearing will be 34/20 to start. I have a handful of cogs from converting my current bike last year. 20, 18, 16, and a 14 tooh. All cheap, but will work till I find a couple perfect sizes to actually invest in good quality.

    I find 32/18 about perfect for one of the trails and 32/16 for the other flatter trail. 32/14 isn't out of the question come fall. This is why I think I'll build my dedicated SS rig with a 34 tooth cog, so I have a little more speed on the flats, and can push an even higher ratio once my fitness catches up with my ambition.
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    I ride in a roller coaster terrain with a decent climb and rock 32/21

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    If you have a geared bike, you can simulate SS by remembering not to shift. That can get you in the ballpark.
    It is not the same as "real SS", but good for guesstimating a starting point.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    My advice is to start low and gear up in the rear as you wish over time. Not being able to climb hills is MUCH more annoying than getting spun out on the flats imo. At least you are in your saddle and not walking with this advice.

    Good luck!

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    I went with 32x18 for my singlespeed build, it's perfect even for the steep hills. My bike only weighs 19 lbs though.

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    I have an old Full Rigid with 16 3/8" chain stays. 51 yrs old and out of shape so I started with 32-20 but need a tensioner I stepped up the chainring to 33 for a 33-20 combo and it works well for me. Here is the drivetrain on my bike with a 33-20 combo.


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