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    XX1 Chainrings

    Probably many posts about gearing on the xx1 around, but I am looking for some actual experience. I'm thinking about switching out my 32t front chainring for a 34t or possibly 36t. Anyone have experience with riding a 32t and then going up to a 34 or 36? How much of a change is it going up a few teeth in the front?

    I'm also a little worried about chain length. My current chain is cut to fit a 32 and I used SRAMs instructions on fitting chain length. Will my chain fit the larger chainrings?

    I do enjoy a lot of climbing on the bike, but with a light hardtail I rarely used the 42 rear with the 32 up front in my area. I can see on a longer ride wanting to have the 42 to fall back on, but I've set my bike up more for racing in mind. I'm thinking 1 hour -2.5 hour rides tops, so I'm not too worried about suffering up a few steep climbs if need be. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    It sounds like you could push a larger gear.

    Not all bikes will take a bigger front ring than 32 with the XX1 chain line, So it would pay to check

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    Thanks for the info muzzanic, that's a good call on the front ring sizing. I will have to double check to make sure anything bigger will fit my bike. I do remember the front ring looking like a tight fit when I was installing.

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    I am running a 38T up front with a 156Q no problems with clearance. I switched directly from a 28/36 to my 38/42, it was tough but got over it in about 2 weeks.

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