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    Gearing for 1x1 XC racing

    Hey gang:

    I just got my Bianchi SASS today. It's got a 33x16 set up. Is this what most people are using for racing XC in the SS category? I only got to ride it around the city a little bit today and found myself spinning out like crazy... this gearing may be too easy for me. I will have to give it a thorough mtb ride on trails to know for sure but I wanted to see what everyone else was running for racing xc.

    Any insight is appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arby
    Hey gang:

    I just got my Bianchi SASS today. It's got a 33x16 set up. Is this what most people are using for racing XC in the SS category? I only got to ride it around the city a little bit today and found myself spinning out like crazy... this gearing may be too easy for me. I will have to give it a thorough mtb ride on trails to know for sure but I wanted to see what everyone else was running for racing xc.

    Any insight is appreciated!

    Arby.
    Depends on the course and how strong you are. My usual gearing for most riding/racing is 36 x 21.
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    Depends on the course and how strong you are. I use anything from 44:16 for flat and fast courses though to 32:18 if there are heaps of steep muddy climbs. I have won a couple races against geared riders using 44:16.

    Being good at running up steep hills is also worth while. Running is faster than spinning in granny gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    Depends on the course and how strong you are. My usual gearing for most riding/racing is 36 x 21.
    but those are not prime numbers?

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    welcome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Arby
    Hey gang:

    I just got my Bianchi SASS today. It's got a 33x16 set up.
    hey stranger, you've found my home away from asylum.

    a 2:1+ ratio is pretty tall unless the race has zero climbing, IMO. I run 32x18 or 32x20 out here in hilly SoCal (long fireroad climbs where you don't really want to look up and see where you're ultimately headed ) For what little racing I've done I don't change it much.

    I'd say go for a fast ride on similar trails to the race and see how it feels. I'm sure there'll be walking/running involved if you stick with that gear. Good luck

    Let's see shots of the bike. Creative ones, too!

    HW

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    I race 2:1, mainly because my freewheel seems to have frozen to my hub. I figure it makes me stronger in the end and I've never really found it a disadvantage in the races I've done(despite being hilly). Basically train with the gear you plan to race on, you will learn how to ride it well. Swapping gears around seems rather silly.

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    Learn from Lance. Work on your spin. Work on uphill running.

    Spinning is better than grinding - you last longer.
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    Go small or go home. Well I can honestly say that I've never, ever wished for a bigger gear in a race, but have wished for a smaller one once or twice. Preriding is your best bet and if in doubt go with the smaller of your gear choices. Any ss is going to feel easy cruising around town (unless you're in a 44x16 ouch), but one the trail is a totally different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo
    Well I can honestly say that I've never, ever wished for a bigger gear in a race, but have wished for a smaller one once or twice.
    So true.

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