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Thread: 3X10 vs 2X10

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    3X10 vs 2X10

    Why is everyone so stuck on 2X10? I have both but I like the lower gear on the 3X10. I know the 2X10 is a little lighter and shifts a little smoother but I don't feel its worth giving up the extra gears especially when you use the lowest gear when trying to climb really big hills. I know someone will say just get stronger but a lot of the guys I ride with race pro level and can't turn the bigger gears on some of the hills. I think it's a lot of hype by the bike companies to sell the 2X10 because it cost less to produce than the 3X10 and they sell it for more.

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    For someone who doesn't have as steep or as many hills to climb it can save a little weight and make for smoother shifting. We have some pretty aggressive hills out here and I have considered it myself.

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    You got to check out the rings to get the whole story. For example, the 2014 Stache is coming 2x10 - 36/22. This is lower than the 3x10 - 42/32/24 that comes on the Fuel 29'er for the lowest gear. Both have 11-36 cassette in the rear. I believe I have that correct.

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    I remember when 29" wheels, disc-brakes and tubeless tires didn't make that much sense either.

    One of the joys of mountain biking is the freedom to run whatever gear you want. But I wouldn't knock it until you've tried it.
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    Re: 3X10 vs 2X10

    I personally like 6x9 better. It's very smooth to shift and no confusion what gear should be doing what.

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