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    Gearing with most options?

    I'm gonna SS my freeride bike build and need some suggestions on gearing. I already have a 1x9 bike that I ride in 32/14or17 most of the time. With my new one I was thinking of a 36t chainring with an 18t cog to start. That way I can go up or down in cog size to fine tune. Is this a good starting point or is there a better gearing ratio to start with?

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    Are you going to do much climbing, or just free ride? a 2-1 like 36-18 is a good starting point either way, but most of us who end up climbing a bit tend to go shorter. I have been riding 34-20 and although a little slow, i can clear the most in this gearing. Once the snow is off the trails, I think I may be happier with 34-18.

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    This is gonna be my grown mans BMX bike. I do as much uphill as downhill but mostly single track, park trails and jumps. I figured with the 36t I can go as low as 16t or as high as 22t if needed. I'm in sunny California so my riding conditions are pretty consistent.

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