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    Can I put a 1x on my GF superfly?

    All I get from the local bike shops is "I don't Know" so I will ask the mob here.
    I love my 09 gary fisher superfly 29er. I have ridden new bikes and they don't seem any better and are mostly heavier so i want to stick to what I have.
    But I really don't like the 3x drivetrain and would love to go to a 1x

    What will I need and who to go to?

    Will I need cranks?
    Rear hub and or rim?
    chain is a given I think.
    Thanks

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    1x is easy to put on. Remove Front derailiuer, Remove front shifter. Replace middle ring with a narrow wide. If you have 4 bolt 104 BCD you are done.

    Now if you have a 9spd then the 11-34 is not the ideal range.


    So do you want to go 10spd or 11spd or 12spd?
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    Yes you can...:we installed 1x11 on a buddies 2009 Superfly.

    Chainline wasnít optimal, but it worked just fine.

    Also, find a new shop.....if they canít answer a question that simple, they donít know sh!t.
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    I think you probably have a 3x9? Your current rear der may not have enough range for a 40t or 42t rear, but if you mostly ride techy slower trails a 30 front and 11-36 rear might be fine, - if you don't have a lot of steep hills a 32front and 11-36 might work.

    With your current setup the question is; how big a gear will your current rear derailleur take, and that should be googleable. 11-40 or 42 should be adequate range for an xc bike, - but you should start with figuring out what gear rations you want, and you can use online gear-inch charts to figure that out with your current setup. Sunrace makes some pretty wide range 9sp cassettes, if your current rear der will do a 40t rear you might be able to just change the cassette and remove the small and big rings up front (although eventually you will want a wide-narrow-wide front ring to minimize chain drop). If you can't find a 9sp der to work with a 40/42, you will have to upgrade to 10 or 11 sp to get a rear der that will work with a big gear in back. You could probably get a 10sp xt rear shifter for cheap (slx work well too), a wide-narrow-wide front ring, and a cassette and chain all for less than $150.
    Btw; when I changed my kids bike from 3x10 to 1x10 (mix of slx and xt) we saved over a pound.
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    you can put a 1x on an bike that has multiple speeds - basically it's just your 3x with only the middle ring used.

    If your shop doesn't understand this, it's time for a new shop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    you can put a 1x on an bike that has multiple speeds - basically it's just your 3x with only the middle ring used.

    If your shop doesn't understand this, it's time for a new shop.
    In fact, you can try it out for free by riding the whole weekend without shifting out of the middle chainring. If you like it, remove the rest of the unneeded junk and put on a chainring that you can live with (might be different sized) and enjoy the weight redux! It's how I did it a couple years back. Nothing spent to try it out, and too easy to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malucky View Post
    In fact, you can try it out for free by riding the whole weekend without shifting out of the middle chainring. If you like it, remove the rest of the unneeded junk and put on a chainring that you can live with (might be different sized) and enjoy the weight redux! It's how I did it a couple years back. Nothing spent to try it out, and too easy to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    Sounds like something from, "The Onion"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    Love it. Where do I get one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    you can put a 1x on an bike that has multiple speeds - basically it's just your 3x with only the middle ring used.

    If your shop doesn't understand this, it's time for a new shop.
    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    Thank you Joules, I needed that this morning.

    I initially read the title in a "If it's gonna be that kinda party..." kinda way like maybe this thread wandered outta Off Camber and those comments fit pretty much right in that mood I guess.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Lets update this with the caveat that I want to go with a 12 speed rear cassette.
    So, Will I need derailleur, hub and or front cranks?
    What shop would be good to purchase talk to about this?
    Since I do many things with this bike I need a big range.

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