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    My Alpine Freerider

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    Hi

    Here is a review that might interest people who ride big bikes up and down big mountains

    If you shuttle it will be of no interest

    the bike is a maelstrom

    cheers

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    SS folks run a "dinglespeed" similar to what you're doing. Manual gear changes, one for road to the trail, one for offroad. Or one for flat/rolling and one for climbing.

    This year I'm moving from a 23 lb SS hardtail to a 1x9 suspension, 35 lb bike. While I don't think I'll need a granny, it may be that I will due to increased weight and no stand/hammer efficiently like on the hardtail. FWIW I ran 32x18 on the SS 29er which is equiv to 32x16 on a 26" bike.

    So thats a long way of saying if I end up doing a lot of get off/push I may indeed decide to use your manual granny. Here in tahoe it is also a lot of up up up up, then down. We live in the mountains, not rolling hills.

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    Nice simple setup. Props for earning your turns w/ the dual crown.

    I'll stick to climbing on my small bike, thank you.

    What's the weight on the bike?
    dig...

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    ditching the front mech is only possible with a maelstrom,.. becasue of the idler

    I should have mentioned the frame weight as a disadvantage, the linkage is over 1lb (500g) plus you have that Massive damper.

    However, it is all there for good reason,... and to super effect.

    rubber and fork aside,..the rest is fitted out as light as possible to get 38.5lbs

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