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    Farley Low Gear Options?

    I have a Trek Farley 9.6 with a SRAM DUB GX 165mm crank (121mm spindle). Basically, I need to gear down the front so I can make a ďreasonableĒ attempt at Mount Washington in March; 30x50 is simply too big a gear for me on that climb. What are my possibilities? Iím not having much luck finding smaller direct mount chainrings with the same offset, hence the wide open question. Iím open to a different crank, maybe even a 2x up front to get what I need. Thanks in advance for suggestions.


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    A 30?? Can you not find a 26 or 28 for that application?
    It looks to use the Sram direct mount standard so you should be able to use any Sram compatible DM ring.
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    So far online, I canít seem to find the odd offset, -4mm. Everything seems to be 0, 3, or 6mm; nothing negative. Plus, Iíd really like to drop to a 24 if available. That leads to a follow up question. If I could find a 24t with a 0 offset, how much would that 4mm affect things? Iíll likely put <1k miles a year on the bike overall and half or less on that particular front ring.


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    Pretty sure you can just flip the chainring, so a 3mm would in essence also be a -3mm if flipped. That should be close enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget GPB View Post
    So far online, I canít seem to find the odd offset, -4mm. Everything seems to be 0, 3, or 6mm; nothing negative. Plus, Iíd really like to drop to a 24 if available. That leads to a follow up question. If I could find a 24t with a 0 offset, how much would that 4mm affect things? Iíll likely put <1k miles a year on the bike overall and half or less on that particular front ring.


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    As Sherwin mentioned, flip the ring to move the offset as needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget GPB View Post
    So far online, I canít seem to find the odd offset, -4mm. Everything seems to be 0, 3, or 6mm; nothing negative. Plus, Iíd really like to drop to a 24 if available. That leads to a follow up question. If I could find a 24t with a 0 offset, how much would that 4mm affect things? Iíll likely put <1k miles a year on the bike overall and half or less on that particular front ring.


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    My farley 9.6 with a raceface crank just has a normal ring flipped around.




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    Woolftooth makes a direct mount ring in smaller size. I have a 26t on my Farley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inspector Gadget GPB View Post
    So far online, I canít seem to find the odd offset, -4mm. Everything seems to be 0, 3, or 6mm; nothing negative. Plus, Iíd really like to drop to a 24 if available. That leads to a follow up question. If I could find a 24t with a 0 offset, how much would that 4mm affect things? Iíll likely put <1k miles a year on the bike overall and half or less on that particular front ring.
    I'm not so familiar with this crank, but to be clear, do you need the chainring dished toward the frame (minus) or away from the frame (plus)
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    Quote Originally Posted by sherwin24 View Post
    Pretty sure you can just flip the chainring, so a 3mm would in essence also be a -3mm if flipped. That should be close enough.
    Ya, I have the same dub crank with the same chain ring offset on my blizzard and went with the 3mm and it works fine.
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    You may want to try a absolute black oval ring. I put one on my 7 and it really turned into a climbing machine. I went from 28T to a 30T oval. Within a couple weeks of using the AB I was climbing stuff I had a tough time with on the reg ring 2 gears higher. Really helped me.
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    You can't flip SRAM DM rings.

    Nor do you need to -- there are 24 and 26t options out there.

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    Ditto, unable to track down a -4 offset 28 tooth SRAM direct mount for my Farley 7. You'd think a 30/50 combo would be fine for climbing, but wow, the 27.5x4.5 wheels really stretch out the gear inches. Had to resort to ordering a Raceface Turbine crank, 28 tooth RF 3mm offset ring (cinch you can flipflop) and a new BB, not cheap but its the only way I'll be able to ride in the deep snow

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    Minus, towards the frame. I'll also look into the flip idea. I was under the impression the SRAM rings might not be able to do that, but it's easy enough to try.
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    cant flip sram direct mount

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