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    1x9 is the new SS

    was out for a ride yesterday afternoon and saw 3 or 4 big groups. to my surprise the normally ss equipped riders were all on bikes with a 1x9 drivetrain. just hit me a few minutes ago, all because geoff kabush and adam craig. maybe they need to get on a ss bike and win a national championship.

    maybe we all need to get bikes with a 1x9 drivetrain now. just a thought.
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    And drop bars!

    on second thought no f-ing way. Been jonesing to try a 1x9 setup on my other hardtail but then I miss the granny gear on some stupid steep climbs. At least on my singlespeed I have the excuse to walk.

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    Well I tried it out of what I thought was necessity.

    I built up my Voodoo Canzo 29 er as a 1 x 9 after being ss only for 6+ hrs. I never shifted and hated it. There were 8 too many gears.

    So, I converted it to ss and now all is right in the world. I'm much much happier.

    To each his own. I do however think that a lot of people with 3 x 9 drivetrains will try it and realize they don't need all those gears.

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    maybe we all need to get bikes with a 1x9 drivetrain now. just a thought.
    A 1X9 still doesn't solve all the chain slapping, derailleur adjusting, and hanger breaking. I'll pass
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    ss or nothing. my stable is almost ss only. just converted another steed today.
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    The dude is like 120lbs, tops lol he can run any tires he wants without issues, i'm sure.

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    1x9? i think it's winter pounds.

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    All the cool kids go 1 x 8. ...better drivetrain....still not SS. So NO! .. It's not the the new SS.

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    Its funny, I've raced single speed for the last three years, but this year decided to go with gears just for something different. At the first race there were two more guys who'd been in the SS class with me for years, and all three of us were on 1x9's.

    No it doesn't eliminate chain slap, but its not as bad as with a triple. There is still some of that direct drive feeling of a SS though its not the same. Also the shifting is easier, its just one harder or one easier, not front, or back, am I crossed?, chain suck....

    Its all good

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    I've got a couple Singlespeeds and one geared mtb. I very rarely ride the geared bike that's set up 1x9. I pick it up once in a while out of guilt because I feel bad that I ever ride, such a nice bike. My geared bike is a Niner Air9 and one of my singles is a Niner One9. they're set up nearly the same, so I'm really just comparing the drivetrain configuration or 1x9 to single... Everytime I ride the 1x9 I think... I really dont like this at all. I just have more fun on my single. simple as that.

    And to answer the question... No. 1x9 is not the new SS. both by definition and in practice.

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    you want fast by yourself as well as climbing with 70 pound trailer?
    you go gears.
    that doesn't suit your ss sensibilities?
    never change your weight or load requirements.

    I don't mind ss'ing it along, but your bike at 20 pounds and the same bike +70pounds (trailer/kid-gear/kid) is NOT rideable over the same terrain with the same gear ratio, or even close.
    can't say if others are doing it for the same reason I did, but that's my answer!

    don't like my 1x9'd ride?! peep the trailer hitch and bite me fanboy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyboy
    There is still some of that direct drive feeling of a SS though its not the same. :
    direct drive feeling as SS? no sir, a 1x9 is no different from 3x9 no matter how you feel it. unless, of course, your chain is rubbing on the front derailleur.

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    Correction: 1x9s are the new SS failures.

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    Ran 1x9 for 2 years and liked it a lot.

    Running the same bike as a SS right now ... and it's better than I could've ever dreamed.

    Your trails may vary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by weather
    direct drive feeling as SS? no sir, a 1x9 is no different from 3x9 no matter how you feel it. unless, of course, your chain is rubbing on the front derailleur.
    I said "some". Running one ring and a short cage derailleur is tighter than a normal 3x combo but not as much as a SS. Looks like i pissed of some SS zealots, mmm, time to go over to the 29'er forum and find some more absolute opinions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Matt
    all because geoff kabush and adam craig.
    I really don't think what Geoff and Adam ride plays a monumental role in what the general population rides.
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    I just put the GearPlug2 on my Jabberwocky and am running 1x9, I'm not so sure I like it though. I get tired of spinning out on 34/18 around town & riding with my kids but dont want to go any bigger because I like the gearing on the trails.

    I guess I just need to learn to slow down and enjoy the ride

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    Have both. Both are good. Plus some others.

    Why bash what you don't ride? It's all bikes. It's all good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus
    Have both. Both are good. Plus some others.

    Why bash what you don't ride? It's all bikes. It's all good.

    --Sparty
    Quoted for truth.

    I mainly keep the geared bike around for recovery rides and pub runs, but being rigid it makes the trails different than my SS.

    If you like riding bikes you'll find a reason to enjoy the pros and cons of each bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baycat
    And drop bars!

    on second thought no f-ing way. Been jonesing to try a 1x9 setup on my other hardtail but then I miss the granny gear on some stupid steep climbs. At least on my singlespeed I have the excuse to walk.
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