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    AZ Single speeders, what gear do you run?

    I've just converted a ride to single speed and I'm curious what gear ratio others use, I'll probably ride it most in areas like Pima and Dynamite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Steelhead
    I've just converted a ride to single speed and I'm curious what gear ratio others use, I'll probably ride it most in areas like Pima and Dynamite.
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    34:18 is my do-everything ratio. I've never ridden anything different, and I've taken it up/down National, Hawes, P&D, Sedona, all over Flag, Payson, Prescott, Mt. Lemmon, etc.. But I'm thinking of picking up a 17 so I can run a true 2:1 on flat/fast stuff like Desert Classic.

    But maybe I should drop 20# first.

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    34x18 here too

    Seems to work for me everywhere that I have ridden it, Hawes, Pass Mtn, Desert Classic, 24HITOP... Haven't tried anything else yet though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDAZ
    Seems to work for me everywhere that I have ridden it, Hawes, Pass Mtn, Desert Classic, 24HITOP... Haven't tried anything else yet though.
    I forgot to mention: The singlespeed cult up in Flagstaff (the guys who are, have been, and always will be better than you -- not "you" but EVERYONE) pretty consistently run 32:18. I hung with them pretty well with my 34:18, in fact I was faster on flats and some shallow climbs, but they were less worn out after 6 hours of thin air and tall mountains.

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    depends...

    For more flat rides, including p&d, DC, the old pueblo, and my local (t-bird park) I run 2:1 (32x16). For lotsa climbing I'll go 32x18 or even 32x20.

    Quote Originally Posted by AZ Steelhead
    I've just converted a ride to single speed and I'm curious what gear ratio others use, I'll probably ride it most in areas like Pima and Dynamite.
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    I kind of figured I should have used the 18 tooth cog instead of the 16 with a 34 tooth front, oh well live and learn. It did make for an interesting ride though.
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    I just switched from a 32-16 to a 32-18. It's a bit too small (or is it big, whatever, it's too easy) for me. I ride a lot of T100 E of DD, so lots of loose, gradual and some very steep stuff. For T100, I'd say a small rear cog would be better, as most of the climbs are short and not rocky (so standing and climbing is easier since you don't have the loose stuff).

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    Thirty-six twenty on Fifty etc.

    I'm on 36:20 (1.8:1), which is betwixt Mr. B.'s 34:18 (1.88:1) and the Flagstaff mutant contingent's 32:18 (1.77:1). For what its worth, this ratio pulls my Clydesdale (m)ass all over the 50-Year Trail, Tucson Mountain Park, and Fantasy Island. Are those places comparable to P&D?

    I was running a 34:20 (1.7:1) and it was getting to feel too low down here in the bajadas. Or maybe I finally got stronger or lost weight (shyah right). As summer draws closer and higher altitude, climbing-intensive rides beckon, I might switch back to the lower combo. Or maybe that's what that cobweb-covered geared hardtail is for.

    An unsolicited $0.02 for you: I recommend against smaller combos (32:18) if you can get a similar ratio out of higher tooth counts. Its minimally heavier and reduces ground clearance somewhat, but I like knowing I have a lot of chain wrapped up when I'm hammering out of the saddle. That's just me.

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