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    SS gearing

    I'm surprised by how many people actually run SS here in Boise . Last year I didn't ride mine as much as I wanted to, but I plan on doing so this season.
    I have a Redline Monocog 29er fully rigid that I built from frame up myself about 2 years ago. I have 32x19 gear ratio right now. I'm curious for other riders around Boise area. What's your gear ratio? Prefer rigid or HT? Show off (pics) if you like.

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    32X16, 32X20 and 34X21 on 26'rs. 32X20/36X16 26'r Dingle. I'm mostly on 34X21 around here however.



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    Awesome pictures! how much travel do you have up front? Looks like 140mm. Do you lock-out when climbing? I've been looking for a good deal on a 80-100mm fork. It's a pain going down on a rigid bike.

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    i run 32x22, and before, i ran a 32x18. I haven't taken the bike out since i just got the gearing changed, but it will help having that low gear until i get in better shape as I just started SSing. it is a little too low for flats on my way to work and class though. I will see how it goes i guess..

    btw, i have a 29er fully rigid Dawes Deadeye
    It's all downhill from here.
    (There's a **** of a lot of climbing left.)

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    32x20 ... its what i built my bike with and what i make myself ride. all good except that short steep section of hard guy.

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    Your true SS gearing can only be what you ride. When you are truely ready to ride, then the trails shall be dry.
    Nobody cares what kind of bike you ride.

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    Ah, the Monocog. My second SS was a Monocog. As for gearing, 32 x 19 on a 26'er is a foothills-can-do for most reasonably in-shape riders with good knees. Currently running 32 x 22 on a 29'er because I am fat, slow, lazy and old.

    And, if you're looking for a really good deal on an '07 Reba (100 mm), let me know. The only downside is a short steerer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    32x20 ... its what i built my bike with and what i make myself ride. all good except that short steep section of hard guy.
    SS riding hard guy? I thought that was impossible.

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    TwistedCrank said he did it, so i had to.

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    You must have legs of steel. I normally do my SS riding just on trails behind camelsback. I did that just fine with 32x19. Up kestral, sidewinder, and down trail 5. That's the most I've done on my SS. Going down on Lower Hulls Gulch is plenty of fun because I'm riding a rigid so I have to be careful picking my lines.

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    Legs of steel and lungs of butter. If you really want to ask yourself "What was I thinking?", try riding up Dry Creek. Ran into Smilycook's shuttle-bubbas once last summer when I was riding up.

    Another goody is Mahalo on a rigid 29er. Best time I ever had on that trail was on my Monkey.

    32x20 on the 1x1 and 32x22 on the Monkey. Spank it and crank it!
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    I mentioned hardguy, because I clean it on a geared bike but can't on SS.

    I can't clean 3 bears coming from shanes on any bike. I can clean 3 bears coming from rocky canyon with gears, but I miss one of the 3 big climbs every time on my SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbong87
    Awesome pictures! how much travel do you have up front? Looks like 140mm. Do you lock-out when climbing? I've been looking for a good deal on a 80-100mm fork. It's a pain going down on a rigid bike.
    130 mm on the Lua bike. The other SS have had anything from a rigid, 75 mm SID, 150 mm Z1 and 160 mm 36 RC2.

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    I rode 32x18 for the first year on my 29er and then went to 32x20. Got 33x19 I think on my 650b, but I'll have to wait until the trails dry out to see how it works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected]
    I mentioned hardguy, because I clean it on a geared bike but can't on SS.

    I can't clean 3 bears coming from shanes on any bike. I can clean 3 bears coming from rocky canyon with gears, but I miss one of the 3 big climbs every time on my SS.
    I saw Twisted clean the steep, short climb on 3 Bears on his Monkey SS a few years ago. Not bad for a grizzled, furry 50 year old with 6 toes (per foot), an addiction to lemur porn, and terminal halitosis. It was swole.

    As for HG, even with 10 years of singlespeeding under the belt (and on the knees), I never have seen the point of trying to climb it on a singlespeed. I like my pain cave shallow and brightly lit, I suppose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruiserman
    I rode 32x18 for the first year on my 29er and then went to 32x20. Got 33x19 I think on my 650b, but I'll have to wait until the trails dry out to see how it works.
    What's the advantage using 650b? I tried 32x18 and I wasn't going anywhere uphill, went to 20 and now I have 19. I think 32x19 or 32x20 is perfect for trails around town.

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    I started out on a 32x19 on my Mono Flight 29er last year but eventually went to 32x20 so I can ride SS more often... it was killing me riding it more than 3 times a week. Now I can go for 4 times a week!

    that one snaggle tooth helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbong87
    What's the advantage using 650b?
    Hhahahahhahh


    In theory so you can put a bigger wheel on a fork that normally hoists a 26" wheel.

    In reality, the advantages is merely that you can say you did it. Then you have to sell the 650b wheel and its rubber on Craigslist so you can upgrade to a 29er. Fact.
    Nobody cares what kind of bike you ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedCrank
    In reality, the advantages is merely that you can say you did it. Fact.
    Sounds like the only reason to climb HG on a singlespeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    Sounds like the only reason to climb HG on a singlespeed.
    I was faced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedCrank
    I was faced.
    Huffing chain lube again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earthpig
    Huffing chain lube again?
    I've tried that. It doesn't work. Or am I using the wrong brand?

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