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    any ss riders here

    I have been riding ss for about a year now and think i need to try some new gear ratios. I ride a 29er and it came stock with 32x18. what do you guys run for the trails up north. I live on the illinois border which about 45min away from south kettle, but i also go up north to hayward a few times a year. Im not in the best shape so im not looking to make my heart explode or anything either.

    I guess im just wondering what everyone runs.

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    I run a 32x20 that works out good for me. I was just up in Hayward last weekend and did the imba epic I am not fast but I will get there with this gearing.

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    33x19 on my 29r ss for kettle.....would go to 20 for say levis or chequamegon.....there's an old saying that goes - "run what you brung" - "never seen a hill that I can't walk" - and my fave - "Your mileage may vary"

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    Thanks guys. Ill probably buy a 19 and 20 to mess around with. ill keep the 32 up front for now.

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    I think I'm running 32x16 on both of my SS. I'd like to switch one up, but not too sure what to do. I think I want to put clipless on my aluminum frame and run it at a slightly higher gear for commuting, but I want it to still be rideable on the trails, since I'll be riding it and loaning out my other when I get friends who want to come with.

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    I'm running 34x21 on my Pugsly. Works will for the Kettle and worked well up at Festival of Trails a few weeks ago.

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    Any advice for SS at levis? I have until gnomefest to set up, should have plenty of time to get something rigged up. Is SS rigid a bad idea? If not, what gearings would you recommend?

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    32-19 or 32-17. Depends on the terrain. And how fast I want to go. I'll bump that up to a 32-20 too if I know there's lots of climbing invovled.
    Just a regular guy.

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    34-22, 20, or 19. 34x22 is my "everyday" gear. I use the 20 and 19 if I'm racing the SS which happens rarely these days. For 6/12/24 hours I prefer the rolling couch (29er duallie 2x9).

    Quote Originally Posted by mmik View Post
    Any advice for SS at levis? I have until gnomefest to set up, should have plenty of time to get something rigged up. Is SS rigid a bad idea? If not, what gearings would you recommend?
    Gearing is a very personal choice IMHO. I run the above mentioned 34x22 there. There are climbs that are tough but doable for me at Levis with that gear. It depends on your riding style, fitness, terrain, etc...

    Levis is doable on a rigid bike...I'd want some fairly high volume rubber though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mmik View Post
    Any advice for SS at levis? I have until gnomefest to set up, should have plenty of time to get something rigged up. Is SS rigid a bad idea? If not, what gearings would you recommend?
    I ride my everyday gear at Levis, same thing that I would use at the kettles but it means there are one or two hills that I have to walk, works fine for the rest of the trails though.

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    My instigator is at 32-16 but I have yet to try it out on trails, riding around town I feel I spin out alot so I thought that was good for off road so I may be in for a rude surprise when I do take it off road haha

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    SS gear, depends where you are riding! On a 29er, I rode the Chequamegon 100 with a 34x19 but it was only a hundred miles. So Kettles, I'm rather comfortable with a 34x17, even 34x16 isn't bad. Levis, I'd go comfortable at 34x18; that's the comfortable gear as I really don't get off my bike and walk. Iceman, was a 34x16 or was it 34x15...I forget. Was that as helpful as any other response in this thread? Absolutely! As very honorable gomez stated..."run what you brung"; no worries, mon!

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    32/16 on a 26er works fine most the time.
    The worst is feeling the highest of highs, but always feeling the lowest of the lows.

    It's all a dream...

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    I'm confused on gearing, would 32/16 spin easier than 32/19? Would it be noticeably easier?(or noticeably harder,,,)

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    32x19 would spin easier

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    Quote Originally Posted by ADV View Post
    32x19 would spin easier
    What he said!

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    32/18 on a 29er. Rode S. Kettle (Muir) once & loved it.

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    33/18 rigid unit. just bought 19-22t surly cogs incase i have to run single speed at GNOME FEST!

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    is 33x18 the same as 32x19?

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