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    Gearing Question

    I just completed a SS/MTB conversion. I'm currently using a 36X21 combo. I ride an intermediate level XC with some short but steep climbs. I am yet to try it out. Is this low enough?
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    So that's a bit easier than a 32:18 which is what I always used on my 26er in CO. Sure, good place to start. Try it. See how it feels. Adjust if you need to. Hard to say for sure since it's so dependent on rider, trail conditions, etc. But at least you're in the ballpark of reasonable gearing. S

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    Smile Doesn't matter

    Use whatever works best and feels best to you and your riding conditions! No rules.

    I have 34/18, 39/16, 38/18, 32/19 and 34/16 on five different bikes, and ride 'em all on a regular basis.....different trails/commutes/longish road rides, etc.

    You'll find your "magic gear", perhaps by trial and error.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xrmattaz
    Use whatever works best and feels best to you and your riding conditions! No rules.

    I have 34/18, 39/16, 38/18, 32/19 and 34/16 on five different bikes, and ride 'em all on a regular basis.....different trails/commutes/longish road rides, etc.

    You'll find your "magic gear", perhaps by trial and error.
    I was concerned with a "Starting Point" I have the means to go in many different directions as far as gearing.

    Thanks for the answers/suggestions.

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    Cool-blue Rhythm Hey now!

    I was concerned that my post could possibly be construed as either "harsh" or "helpful"...I meant the latter!

    Your starting point sounds good. You'll certainly find your "magic ratio" for the terrain you ride!

    Just have fun!


    Quote Originally Posted by Wheel Doctor
    I was concerned with a "Starting Point" I have the means to go in many different directions as far as gearing.

    Thanks for the answers/suggestions.

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    Maybe!

    You can not know until you try it - and try other gearing, too.
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