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    Rigid SS and new trails

    Assuming you have multiple bikes, which one do you grab when you go out to a new trail that you aren't familiar with? for my local trail that i know like the back of my hand i always grab the rigid ss now, but i am skeptical about taking it to a new trail, even if that trail is supposed to be less challenging. Challenges are different on a rigid SS, so unless i hear something like "this trail is awesome for SS" or something i would plan on taking my geared HT.

    what do you guys do in these situations? just MTFU, or grab a different bike

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    My favorite bike is a rigid singlespeed so I usually choose it. The rigid 1x8 is for the Winter and when I need to take it easy.

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    I mtfu.

    Mostly because I only have one sled. If I'm headed into the unknown, I'm usually more concerned with gear ratios.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TroutBum View Post
    I mtfu.

    Mostly because I only have one sled. If I'm headed into the unknown, I'm usually more concerned with gear ratios.
    yea thats the type of thing i kinda worry about. learning to ride without any squish isn't really a big deal, and i would be fine riding on most xc trails i think, but if you have way too tall of a gear for a trail its just going to suck. to low could suck too, but at least you wouldn't be walking

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    some of the flatter trails, SS, but if I'm hitting mountain trails, I go FS and geared.......
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    I own two rigid SS bikes.. I always take the lower geared bike on new trails. I'd rather go slow than walk..

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    Between a SS rigid and a 1x9 FS. For the past few months since I went SS, not once the FS gets outta the house. LOL

    It's just so much more fun!

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    What Trout said. I only own one bike so it has to be my de facto ride. I only own one gear ratio too so if it's too steep, I'm walking, if it's too easy, I'm going slow(er than usual).
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    Same here! I only got one ride and its a 32:18. My gearing options all suck. I can either go up to a 33t on the front or a 16t on the rear. I need to just buy a cheap 20t for the rear at some point. Or better yet another set of wheels so I can just swap them out.

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    For a new trail I usually bring the 1x9 front suspension 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1SPD View Post
    Same here! I only got one ride and its a 32:18. My gearing options all suck. I can either go up to a 33t on the front or a 16t on the rear. I need to just buy a cheap 20t for the rear at some point. Or better yet another set of wheels so I can just swap them out.
    I just deal with even though 7 miles feels like 20 on a new trail.

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    It depends on what I feel like riding. I brought my rigid SS for my first time out at the Frederick Watershed, even though I knew it is not what most would consider "rigid SS friendly." I keep it around for when I think my bike handling skills are getting lazy from riding my full squish 29er race bike...
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    I have one mountain bike: a rigid SS 29er. I relish the days when I get to try out a new trail on it. The unexpected obstacles, the walking up hills that I didn't anticipate, the fact that when I finish i can never really remember the whole trail and can't wait to try it again and clean some of the sections I didn't before.

    I would be loathe to ride a bike that made a new trail easy or doable, life's too short to clean every trail the first time. Rigid makes new trails last way way longer on the freshness scale and makes old trails seem like new when you return from a hiatus.
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    I would say geared at first, then SS after you are familiar with the trail.

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