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    24 Speeds Needed?

    I find when I'm out on the bike (trails, road and light XC) I stay almost exclusively on the big ring. I also find that I sometimes don't have a high enough gear on flat roads or descents. I have been wondering lately how I could get a higher gear and how simple it would be.

    Today I was watching the UCI MTB World Cup in Yorkshire and heard the commentators say that some of the riders had done away with the front mech altogether and just have a big ring up front - 1x10

    Has anybody got any experience of this setup and how simple would it be to adopt this system on my GT Avalanche?

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    Go up hills more...you will see more usage of the other rings.

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    Yep , start your ride with a 2000 ft. climb and the value of a couple more chainrings shows itself .

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    I run a 1X9 with a 32 up front. I like it alot. Where I ride dosent have much flat though.
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    1x9's are super popular, or do singlespeed.

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    I went 1x9 last year and love it. But it make a difference as to what the terrain you are riding is like.

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    i could get rid of my big ring up front and i mostly ride in the small and middle ring, it seems out of the 24 speed that are available to me, i only use 6
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    Yeah, I think a 1x9 setup would work fine for me. Next ride I go on I'm gonna try not using the front shifters at all and see how I get on. Throw in some hills etc, although when I go on hills now I stay pretty much on the big ring and just knock the rear down to mid-cassette.

    What would I have to do to implement this - is it just a case of removing the front mech/derailers? Seems like a win win. less weight, fewer things to go wrong and more space on my handlebars.

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    U R a BEAST!

    Go ride 50-100 miles in some hilly country and post again please.

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    This thread was a simple request from other users as to their experiences using one ring on the front. Any salient advice they could offer on implementing such a system and what I would need to do to get a higher gear ratio..

    Comments such as 'you're doing it wrong' or 'move to another country' are not useful. If you have a constructive comment then please feel free to share it.

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    to get a higher gear you need to get a bigger tooth count on your front ring - but in doing so you will be giving up clearance on your sawblade....so rocks/logs may (will) contact/bend/scrape/bounce over obstacles a whole lot more....

    you can also switch to a 29" bike....that'll up the gearing without giving up aforementioned clearance issues...

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    You're not going to have as big a big ring as on a road bike, you could see if you can get a 54 etc.. but while that will keep you from spinning out on flats and descents, it's pretty drastically different from the 1x9/1x10 setups... and as I recall.. Yorks isn't the flattest place on earth.
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    Thanks Chum & Dysfunction

    This is all speculative for now till I have a bit more cash to spend. I'm definitely looking at a single on the front and maybe a slightly larger cog too. I'll visit the LBS to see options.

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