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    What are your gears front & back?

    Just a general discussion…

    I've always thought the number of chainrings, rear cogs and number of teeth portray the type and level of rider.

    Personally, I can't go without three chainrings ideally 44/32/22 in the front. And 5 to 9 speeds in the back is good enough for me. Ideal range is 11-36, but I'm getting the Mamba that has 11-34.

    How the heck do you get by with fewer gears?

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    20x30 front 11x38 back on niner wheels.
    32x20 on the single speed also niner wheels
    20x32 front 11x34 on the freeride bike 26 inch wheels
    32 and alfine on the bike packing bike niner wheels.

    You get by with fewer gears by building a light single speed bike then ride the **** out of it.

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    Another single speeder here. 32x20 on a 29er. It was not my original plan to go single speed. First I wanted to convert to a 1x7 setup by just taking off the front derailleur and the excess chainrings but I kept dropping the chain. I have not regretted a single moment.

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    I'm running 28t up front and 11-36 in the rear with 29in wheels.

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    Just made the switch from 22-32-42 x 11-34 3x9 to 27-40 x 11-34 2x9 on my 29er. Gear ratio coverage is pretty complete less a little bit on either end, we'll see how it translates on the trail come spring.


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    I wish I could find a thread that lists how tall everybody in the world is. I'd just like to see where I fit in.

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    29er 1x10 w/33t front ring and 11-36 rear. Crank is 170. Perfect set-up for everything I ride. I used to ride a SS w/a 32x18 w/175 cranks, but started out in the SS world on a 32x20. To Roadster's request above, I am 5'6", 165, 40 yo. Opps...almost forgot my road bike! 39/53 with a 12-23 8-speed.
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    24/32/bash front x 11/36 rear on a Tallboy c.
    At my age you never have enough low gears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by breckenridge View Post
    Just made the switch from 22-32-42 x 11-34 3x9 to 27-40 x 11-34 2x9 on my 29er. Gear ratio coverage is pretty complete less a little bit on either end, we'll see how it translates on the trail come spring.
    Interesting charts.

    Not sure where everybody else rides, but here in the SF Bay Area there are a lot of steep technical hills. And depending on season and recent weather, they could be soft, rocky, loose, avalanche ready, etc.

    So how the heck do you climb them without at least 22 front + 34 rear?

    I know I know. Skill and awesome leg strength. Right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadsters View Post
    I wish I could find a thread that lists how tall everybody in the world is. I'd just like to see where I fit in.
    That's easy, you silly little buzzkill. Just post a question, "how tall are you?" and wait for replies. See who's interested. Or just Google "average human height."

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post
    24/32/bash front x 11/36 rear on a Tallboy c.
    At my age you never have enough low gears.
    Same sentiment here. Maybe my age is showing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solidass View Post
    So how the heck do you climb them without at least 22 front + 34 rear?
    If you change your gearing to something harder to push, you end up adapting in a short time. It also ends up making you stronger. It also gets you to the top of that steep mountain a bit faster. People begin to accuse you of having a motor or jet packs attached to your bike,...
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    29er SS = 30f x 19r
    69er SS = 34f x 20r
    29er FS = 22+30f x 11-36r

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    Quote Originally Posted by solidass View Post
    Interesting charts.

    Not sure where everybody else rides, but here in the SF Bay Area there are a lot of steep technical hills. And depending on season and recent weather, they could be soft, rocky, loose, avalanche ready, etc.

    So how the heck do you climb them without at least 22 front + 34 rear?

    I know I know. Skill and awesome leg strength. Right?
    Try and use momentum to your advantage. Change lines, paths, streets, etc. I found that I was just as tired going up hills in 22t/34t as I am using 32t/36t. Then I realized I was sitting on my ass, not using the previous downhill to my advantage, and well...generally being a ***** lol. San Fran is full of singlespeeders.....you should be able to do it without a 22t.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reedfe View Post
    Another single speeder here. 32x20 on a 29er. It was not my original plan to go single speed. First I wanted to convert to a 1x7 setup by just taking off the front derailleur and the excess chainrings but I kept dropping the chain. I have not regretted a single moment.
    I had that problem until I got a chainguide. I use the mrp one, but any would probably work.

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    I have a couple of options that I like.

    29er 32 front 1x9 rear 34 large cog. I can use this gearing for anything I want to climb in Appalachia and this is my racing setup.

    Singlespeed I have two cogs. When climbing I go with a 32 front 19 rear and I use this for the climbing trails 1,200 vertical feet in a mile and the flatter trails I go with a 32x16. When I use the 32x16 I have to ride with some faster people or I will be ahead of everyone because you have to keep your momentum with that gearing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    ... When I use the 32x16 I have to ride with some faster people or I will be ahead of everyone because you have to keep your momentum with that gearing.
    You guys on fewer cogs or single speed are pretty awesome. Seriously. I'm too old to develop that kind of leg power.

    The technical climbs in my local trails are long. Momentum can only help at the beginning ascent. Sometimes the top is the steepest part. Even when the trails get busy and powerful young guys just stampede through, I notice every one of them just walk the last five yards. They do it so quickly that it doesn't matter. Still lightning quick passage. They're gone in a blink.

    I can only imagine top tier racers completely charging all the way through on every trail.

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    Currently 1x10 with a 32 up front and 11-36 rear. When the spring comes and the technical trails open again we'll see if I can hack it, if not I'll add a 24 up front and use it for the couple of lowest gears. 32-36 seems pretty easy to spin so maybe I'll be able to manage the 1x10.

    I'm 40 and my knees hurt, but I like the idea of 1x10 so I'm going to try to make it work.

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    SS 29er- 34 x 18
    Geared 29er- 40/28 front, 11-36 cassette
    Road- 53/39 front, 11-25 cassette

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    32/19 on a 29er. Is more better???

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    Quote Originally Posted by L. Ron Hoover View Post
    Currently 1x10 with a 32 up front and 11-36 rear. When the spring comes and the technical trails open again we'll see if I can hack it, if not I'll add a 24 up front and use it for the couple of lowest gears. 32-36 seems pretty easy to spin so maybe I'll be able to manage the 1x10.

    I'm 40 and my knees hurt, but I like the idea of 1x10 so I'm going to try to make it work.
    Its much like riding a SS; you just need to put in some time and your strength will increase so that it isn't as hard. A 32x36 is a pretty good climbing gear unless its just miles of super steep stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solidass View Post
    You guys on fewer cogs or single speed are pretty awesome. Seriously. I'm too old to develop that kind of leg power.
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    Maybe not, my friend. How young are you, solidass? And what's the terrain like where you live?

    I'll be 60 on my next birthday. Most elevation I've gained in a day on a bike is ~17,000' but the last time I did that (2011) was with gears. Haven't gained that much in a day on an SS since '02... I was only 49 y/o back then.

    Maybe you're older, I don't know. Or maybe your terrain is way technical / steep. Personally I live about a half hour from Oakridge, OR, in the Cascades "foothills." Foothills in quotes because we're talking about trails as high as 7,000' elevation.

    Anyway my point is this...
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    We get old because we quit riding.

    You can do it.
    If you want to.

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    Geared 26: 38/28 front 12-28 back (2x10)
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    Quote Originally Posted by solidass View Post
    You guys on fewer cogs or single speed are pretty awesome. Seriously. I'm too old to develop that kind of leg power.

    The technical climbs in my local trails are long. Momentum can only help at the beginning ascent. Sometimes the top is the steepest part. Even when the trails get busy and powerful young guys just stampede through, I notice every one of them just walk the last five yards. They do it so quickly that it doesn't matter. Still lightning quick passage. They're gone in a blink.

    I can only imagine top tier racers completely charging all the way through on every trail.
    I am hoping my 27x34 is all I'll need around here. I never frequently used the 22x32-34 gears unless I was just dead tired, most climbs around here are slow and gradual or steep and short, since there isn't that much elevation to change in one climb. The local ski resorts only have about 700' total elevation change. We will see though, I hope its enough!

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    1x9, 26" 32 front, 11-34 back.

    Go with what you're comfortable with for the terrain you have in your neck of the woods. IMO, it's much preferable to ride up anything (even slowly) than to walk up it.

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    2x9 is 28/40 front, 11/32 rear.

    SS is 32 front, 16 rear (i think).

    Both 26" wheels.

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    3 x 9 38 32 20 with a 12-34 cassette
    3 x 9 44 32 22 with a 11-34 cassette
    Single speed 34 x 16 running 8-speed chain at present that can morph in to 32 16,17,18,19,20

    I've ridden 2x10 four times (all on high-end bikes! Ibis, Turner, Pivot and Santa Cruz) 3 of the 4 times the chain dropped or sucked like a hoover vacuum. I'ma stick with 9-speed and have better chain durability, less finicky shifting BS, reusable quick links (without vise grips, channel locks...), lower cost...

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    Currently:

    29er HT (race bike): 28/42 x 11-36 in upstate NY / Fort Collins, CO.

    Future:

    Same 29er HT, 36t x 10-42

    Santa Cruz Blur LT Carbon 36t x 11-36
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    26er geared hardtail 8sp 12-32 with 26-40 front
    26er geared am bike 8sp 12-32 with 22-36 front
    26er single speed am hardtail 18 32
    29er hardtail 9sp 12-32 with 22-32-44

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    1x9 on 29er front 34 rotor q ring, back 11-34
    2x10 on 29er front 33/23 rotor q rings back 11-36

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    29er with rohloff speedhub 41 front 17 rear
    26er with rohloff speedhub 42 front 16 rear
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    Started with 3X9 22-32-44 x 11-32... the big ring was just a leg-muncher in crashes, so 22-32-bash x 11-34... oops, front derailleur won't fit this frame... 32 x 11-34... These old legs will never push that up hill.... turns out they will if there's no granny option. Who knew?

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    Last year I moved from a standard 3x9 setup, to a 2x9 24/36T/Bash crank setup (same cassette), and that was a killer for the first few rides on the really steep stuff. I lost the equivalent of 1 1/2 gears, but thankfully there really aren't any "unrideable" steep sections...just have to stand up and grind it out rather than spin.

    But most recently I've moved to a Shimano 2x10 setup, and got nearly all of my range back compared to the 3x9. The crank is a 26/38T and the cassette is an 11-36T, so the lowest granny gear is perfect for those steep grinds. I lost a couple gears on the top end, so I spin out faster on the gravel roads at over 20mph, but I never run out of gears on actual trails.

    By the way, I made a gear ratio spreadsheet which makes it easy to compare different gear combinations with your current setup:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...mc&usp=sharing
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoHeadsBrewing View Post
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    By the way, I made a gear ratio spreadsheet which makes it easy to compare different gear combinations with your current setup:

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...mc&usp=sharing
    Excellent spreadsheet! Thank you for posting!

    I must confess that "moving up" to the stronger intermediate setup with just two front gears (the absence of the granny option as mentioned ) is my struggle. So while I want to build up strength and endurance again to do it — to not need the granny option — occasional seasons off and advancing age kill my chances.

    So I need my granny option!

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    hardtail 26

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    What are your gears front & back?

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    29er 30x20 Alfine
    26er 34/24x13-34 modified cassette.

    Yes, they easily spin out on the road.

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