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    Leadville SS

    I'm doing Leadville for the first time this year.
    Has anyone done Leadville on a single speed?
    I was wondering what a good setup would be. Gearing? Rigid?
    I'm from the southeast. The land of rigid 32-18. I don't know whether or not this setup is too tall.

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    rigid wouldn't be any issue. its just lots of dirt roads, not even much washboard either.

    apparently that carmichael training thing suggests 1.8:1 or less. which would be a 32-18 or more rear teeth. apparently most run 46-49 gear inches, which is like a 32-18 or 32-19.

    though if you're coming from riding flat stuff near sea level on a 32-18, i'd say you'll be in for some serious lung busting hurt at that ratio. steep climbs at 10k are not easy on a SS.

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    Agree with nomit. Some of these old mining roads aren't flat or smooth - some makes me wonder how miners went up those hills in the late 1800s. Like only donkies can go up, type. 32-18 for an hour is tough enough, let alone hours. But there are people ss it and have a blast. I think you will find reports in this forum who did Leadville on their ss. Try searching in the western slope forum too.

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    the record is right around 8 hours on a single.... there's usealy 8-15 guys each year doing it on the singles...
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    just a guy who loves bikes and exploring

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    It will be my first time too! A few of my friends have done it and they all were geared 32x20 on a 29er. I am running 33x20 and will probably go with what i know. I live and ride all over colorado and that is the gearing i always use

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    26" or 29"er SS?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikowski
    I'm doing Leadville for the first time this year.
    Has anyone done Leadville on a single speed?
    I was wondering what a good setup would be. Gearing? Rigid?
    I'm from the southeast. The land of rigid 32-18. I don't know whether or not this setup is too tall.
    Been there done that.......32x18 should be fine on a 26", maybe a bit tall on a 29'er, but that depends on what kind of shape you're in Not much techy terrain or singletrack at all,,,,,,,,,,hence the other name for the Leadville 100, "100 miles of of NO Singletrack" Front Suspension would be an asset but is not required............have fun

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    Mike Curiak was the first, all else are lemmings.
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    Mike Curiak was the first, all else are lemmings.

    sure rain on everyone's parade
    Read my BLOG!

    just a guy who loves bikes and exploring

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowerThenSnot
    sure rain on everyone's parade

    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    32/19 has worked for me a couple times on a 26er. Leadville is a serious challenge on the ss but once you get in that destroyed/disoriented state of being you will be just fine. The Silver Rush 50 is a good place to try and figure out which gear you will use.

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