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    Another 2x1 Question

    I'm thinking about trying the 2x1 setup with a Paul Melvin tensioner. I want this bike to be suitable for roads and light trails, so I'm looking for versatility and simplicity. Being new to the idea of SS, or 2speed, I was wondering if it would be best to use singlespeed cogs/chainrings, geared ones, or a combination. Thanks for the advice.
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    If you don't mind fiddling with your bike mid-ride, set your bike with 2 SS cogs and QR. Then you can change on the go. Stay with one chainring.

    Make the chain long enough for the big cog, then when going to a smaller cog the tensioner should do the trick.

    Just won't be too SS-y, but it'll do what you need.

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    You won't be shifting so SS rings and cogs will work best.
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    I just got an email back from Paul and it was recommended to go with multispeed chainrings and cog. Good thing since I just bought an XT 2x crankset. I was thinking multispeed up front and ss cog, but I'll stick with their recommendation unless things start slipping.
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    r u going to use a front derailleur or change between rings by hand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by joshik123
    r u going to use a front derailleur or change between rings by hand?
    I'm just going to do it manually. If I find that I'm switching a lot, or end up taking this bike on tougher trails and longer rides I may consider adding a front der. But doing it manually will force me to try to push harder, since I'm lazy and won't want to get off the bike and switch the gears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g-bus
    I'm just going to do it manually
    Then you should use singlespeed rings and cogs.

    But doing it manually will force me to try to push harder, since I'm lazy and won't want to get off the bike and switch the gears.
    That definitely works for me when riding the dingle.
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    get a dingle (if you want it fixed, or a dos eno for ss, or build one up out of cassette parts).
    then run a double up front.

    keep the tooth count the same, or close.

    i'm setting up:

    32/19 fixed
    34/17 fixed
    32/18 ss

    the 17/19 is on a dingle.
    i also have a 17/21 dingle - so i could go 30/21 and 34/17 fixed... but that seems like a big jump...

    and in the spring i'll get a dos eno so i can match my fixed gearing.

    on my crosscheck i was running 38/40 up front.
    on the rear i had 22t ss and a 17/19 dingle cog fixed.
    worked really well.

    i rarely changed on the road or trail.

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