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    1-9 setup for newbie

    getting back into mtb riding after 4yr layoff. will be riding flat xc trails. would the 1-9 setup be enough or not enough for a newbie? I have been riding on the rode for the last couple of years
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    Singlespeed would actually suffice.

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    1x9 will be fine, maybe even better than 3x9--less stuff to worry about as you're learning the ropes.
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    Agreed, I've only been riding since June and I'm running a 1x7 set-up right now and its more than sufficient for all my local trails.
    Pick up a Truvatic Styloe 1.1 gxp for about $100 online and an MRP 1.x bottom bracket mounted chain keeper for another $40-50 and don't look back.
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    I went the more expensive (stupid ) route. I had a Truvativ Stylo, took off the little and the big rings, bought an inner and outer guard from Blackspire. I love it though. I ride mostly rolling singletrack with little elevation changes. I like not having to deal with a front derailleur.

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    Or if you want to go ghetto, yank off the big and small rings and the front shifter pod. Use the existing front derailleur as your chain guide by turning the adjustment screws to the position you want.

    Cost = $0

    And you can easily go back to your current 3x9 setup if you so desire.

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    I love my 1x9 setup. The biggest draw back to me is the gear resolution. It is much easier to find the "right" gear for your cadence with a 3x9. Otherwise, really steep climbs can be tough, and you can get spun out on wide open roads.

    Here are some charts comparing the gear ratios for 1x9, 2x9, and 3x9.

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    Go for 1x9 and you will stick to it because of the simplicity, reliability and the low cost. I would also consider 1x10 or SS depending on tracks, races and fun!

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