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    1x9 El Bastardo

    Been looking at dropping from 2x to a single ring 32-12/36t setup for the coming summer Trail Bike season. I am running a mid-cage XT Shadow rr der now. My drivetrain is fairly new and I can't see putting any money into upgrading drivetrain to 10 spd or the crown jewell of them all XX1, for the advantage of the clutch/Type 2 deraillers as nice as they appear to be.
    Any reason the c-guide wouldn't setup nicely on these swingarms?
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    I already have an e-Thirteen XCX seat tube mount guide (shown above) that I would use in conjunction for the setup which has worked great on my ht, but thinking with rr suspension an additional retension component would be a safe bet for cutting down on noise chatter and droped chain issues.

    Thanks in advance for any advise!

    JMac
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    Hey Stripes that should work out good for you to be able to run a varied size of front rings depending on where you'll be riding.

    The smallest I can go is 32t up front with my crankset/XCX guide setup anyway, which is fine for my riding, as I do alot of SS(single speed not "Slope Style!") riding as well. Been using same setup on my 29r HT without issues on anywhere I ride, Annadel,CC,Tamarancho,all over Mt Tam, Skyline Park Napa etc. So with same gearing (32/36t) on the 650 wheel bike I see no doubt it will be the same, if not a little better climbing given the increased traction from Sherwood's suspension. Plus all the more fun when heading down with some back end cush!
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    Perseverance is key in adapting to less/1 gear choice, either that or ignorance. Keep pedaling until you get that different front ring that works!
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    NIce! That bike looks like it could do some serious railiing once you got it pointed downhill!
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    JMac,
    What size rockers do you have on your Bastard? I have 5.5" rockers but am thinking of going to 5" rockers. it slackens up the HA and lowers the bottom bracket. I'll have to send my shock to push and have them change the stroke from 2.25" to 2" and buy the
    5" rockers from Ventana but I think I will like the ride better. I don't need 5.5" travel where I live. I actually only need 4" travel but my fork is a 130mm White Brothers Fluid and if I went to 4" rockers I'd have to invest in a new fork, which I don't want to do. Just wondering how you ride your Bastard.

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