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    El Guapo goes 2x10

    Big thanks to BikerBob, he hooked me up with exactly what I wanted. Last year I ran a 22/34 up front and always felt I was giving up a little on the top end but 22/36 was too big of a jump. I do a little XC racing on this bike at Northstar, it does real well because it climbs well for a 30 lb bike and the course usually takes us down intermediate DH trails that I can just BOMB on . A couple of the courses last year had big fireroad traverses and I often spun out the 34/11 and people would motor on by with big rings. NO MORE!
    X9 170mm cranks 26/39
    X9 shifters and med cage der.
    XT 11-36 cogs
    XT chain
    It shifts like a dream. Waiting patiently for my Monarch from Titus/On One, I'm also waiting for a new 39 tooth MRP XCG bashguard which is supposed to be available in Feb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr
    It shifts like a dream.
    Nothing like the feel of a new drivetrain.

    Looks good. No chance you could run 1x10? Maybe not for racing, huh?
    Extreme stationary biker.

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    Here's my 2x10 setup...

    ...but I kept the 22t because I am not only old, but fat also! BTW... do you ever ride off road on the 'Clean Machine'??!!
















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    Here's what I'd like to do...



    XT 10-speed cassette

    Sram PC-1051 10-speed chain

    New Race Face rings (on my existing 2008 RF Deus cranks - double-ring setup)

    Sram X.9 10-speed rear derailleur

    Sram X.9 10-speed shifters (F&R) - EDIT - Only got a rear X.9 10speed shifter and used my existing XTR top-pull and X.0 front shifter combo

    Existing 2008 XTR top-pull FD



    Will it work?





    I finally got all the parts yesterday afternoon and slapped it together last night. I threw on a new rear cable housing and got the rear shifting working pretty good on the workstand, and the front derailleur only needed a little more outboard trim to push the chain all the way onto the middle ring.



    This morning I headed out for the shakeout ride in the Phoenix Mountain Preserve (PMP) here in Arizona. The PMP has it all - steeps, chutes, chunk - all on a mountain of rocks! A good place to test the shifting performance of any drive-train...



    ...and the 10-speed conversion worked GREAT! No missed shifts, no chain-suck, no front or rear derailleur issues. As expected, I was able to stay in my middle-ring longer and the 22 granny-36 combo helped out in the steep tech sections. I think it's a keeper!



    Costs: $316



    X.9 rear 10 speed shifter - $59 - (LBS purchase)

    X.9 rear 10-speed derailleur (long cage) - $99 - (LBS purchase)

    XT 12-36 cassette - $115 (REI)

    Sram PC-1051 10-speed chain - $43 (REI)



    The REI purchases were from a gift card, so no out-of-pocket there.

    I also had the new chain rings laying around from another build, so that cost was done last year.



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    Yeah, it goes off road

    Its winter here and I havent ridden it in close to three months, I'm kinda anal about cleaning it after every ride too. Any issues with the SRAM chain and Shimano cassette? I read about some problems with shifting as the SRAM chain is a little wider then the Shimano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by craigstr
    Its winter here and I havent ridden it in close to three months, I'm kinda anal about cleaning it after every ride too.
    Ya... I wish we would get some rain here in AZ... trails are getting dusty again.

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    Any issues with the SRAM chain and Shimano cassette? I read about some problems with shifting as the SRAM chain is a little wider then the Shimano.
    None whatsoever. Shifts very well, even under power.
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    Man that's an awesome build. Really like what you've done, especially the X9 2x10. I'm considering that setup regardless of what fame I choose for 2011 (even if I stick with the '07 ML).

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    Craig did you glue the chainstay protector on or how? Want to protect my RX Carbon seatstay without covering up the Titusti logo on it. BTW the bike looks great. ENVY>>>>>>>
    Disclaimer: Always get a second opinion cause I'm just guessing

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    Ahhh....Ancient chinese secret

    Nah, actually got it from Dominator13, industrial grade velcro from Home Depot. Its so sticky I wonder if I will be able to get it off?

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    LOL.... Thanks, may try that. Using a piece of tube and zip ties right now. Works good but covers up part of the Titus sticker.
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    2x10 is nice though I've heard if you sneeze on your rear der it'll be off.
    I like bikes.

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    2x10 is nice though I've heard if you sneeze on your rear der it'll be off.
    That;s why I stayed 9 speed this year. I built three frame-up builds this year at the shop with 3x10 and 2x10 drivetrains. The tuning on them was worse than late 90's shimano stuff. (half a turn and it was ghost shifteing)

    For a bike as robust as the EG I think I'll stick with nine rear gears.

    Good luck to ya though and let us know how it works out for you!
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    Im hoarding 9 speed chains and cassettes before they become "obsolete"
    the 10 speed I tried all shift pretty well but the cost of running them is a bit too much.

    A riding pal and I go through ~1 chain every 4-6 mths. Since going 10 speed he has been changing them every ~3 months. More frequent in the wet muddy months like now.

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