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    Standard or compact drive

    Is there any reason why you should chose either for a singlespeed?
    I plan on running 34 or 36t ring.
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    Compact vs. Standard

    Quote Originally Posted by nubber
    Is there any reason why you should chose either for a singlespeed?
    I plan on running 34 or 36t ring.
    Compact BCDs are generally preferred for singlespeeding, because they can take smaller rings than standard BCDs (i.e. 29T vs 33T). Besides, lower gears are easier to get by changing to smaller chainrings than by installing larger freewheels; the former take less work to swap, and are more available.

    If you're set on a 34T minimum up front, you can run standard. However, this will limit your ability to gear down if the need arises.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nubber
    Is there any reason why you should chose either for a singlespeed?
    I plan on running 34 or 36t ring.
    I'd say go compact, you can get basically any size ring you need that will bolt up to compact but like already mentioned your smallest ring for standard is 33t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nubber
    Is there any reason why you should chose either for a singlespeed?
    I plan on running 34 or 36t ring.
    Or go with a Profile Racing crank. You can swap between 110 or 94 spiders or use BMX chainwheels. Profile offers chainwheels from 24t to 46t in one tooth increments.
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    Go big...

    standard, that is, if you expect to ride on the road or fast trails and want to go with a steep (high ratio) gear set up. just for fun, i'm going big and fast on one of my bikes at 42x18. can't climb, but i'm fast on some flatish, non-technical trails. elsewhere, i've found standard 34 or 36 chainrings to be really versatile.

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    It's a coin toss..

    Sure you can go with a smaller CR with compact but it's not that big a deal. For every tooth on a cog or freewheel, your looking at two on the CR. I also worried about the smaller CR when I bought my standard crank, but the price was right and I've never looked back (or needed a 32:22).

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