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    Shifting on a SS

    I am running 32/16 on my bike right now. I started with 32/17, spun too much. Then went 32/15, couldn't do some climbs I wanted to make. Settled on 32/16 and am make most climbs and don't overspin on the flats.

    There are a couple local climbs I would like to do that 32/16 is too tall for and I can shift to 32/18 real easy, but feel it might be cheating to do so.

    How often to you guys change your gearing?

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    I usually start the season out 32/18 and after the first few rides bump to 32/17 after getting in a little better shape. Other than that, if I want to change gears I ride my Stumpjumper...

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    I got two bikes with same ratio but different spec so I just swap depends on the track I want to ride.

    I use 32x18 but for steeper ride where I want to pedal I use to change to 32x20 which is not often.

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    Really just depends on the trail I'm heading to, but for the local trails that constitute the bulk of my riding, I'll run 32x19 on the 29er SS and 32x17 on the 26er (gasp!) SS.

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    I have 3 cogs: 16, 18, and 20. Front is always 32. If I am riding by myself, 16 most of time, regardless of where I ride. I occasionally ride with this group that has 5~6 strong SSers, I go with 18 or 20. They ride hills after hills. I have another group to ride with, and their trails are much flatter (and they are all geared) so 16 is my choice. I don't like to change, but probably I switch once a month.

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    I have my local trails that I ride in 32x18 in the southeast. Will race XC in that gear as well.

    The only time I change gears in the southeast is for marathon races.
    If I am traveling, I will change accordingly.
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    What do you do with chain length when changing rear cogs ?
    I have a Niner with EBB

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    Track ends on my J-wok make it damn easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StumpyElite2010 View Post
    What do you do with chain length when changing rear cogs ?
    I have a Niner with EBB
    I also have a Niner (SIR9). Its EBB can handle 16T - 20T with no extra work for the chain.

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    Do yall adjust your saddle after adjusting your EBB?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Do yall adjust your saddle after adjusting your EBB?
    Yes.

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    When I can climb/ride everything in my local area on current gearing, I go lower. Currently running 34/16 and can *almost* do all the climbs. I'll likely be swapping to a 15 in the rear in the next month. I race on 34/18 however.

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    Are you on a 29er or a 26?
    How flat is your area? Your climbing gear ratio is my flat land ratio on my 29er. My regular riding gear is 32/20, but my race gear is 32/18-19 depending on length and hills.

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    Dang you the man running a 32/16
    I gotta run a 32/20 here in NM
    Set it and forget it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sheepo5669 View Post
    Track ends on my J-wok make it damn easy.
    Yep. J-wok here, I change my cogs out a lot. I live in Charlotte NC and everything nearby is 32x18 but when I go to Asheville/Brevard area is 32x20. I have done a couple races where I ran 32x22 for really steep trails, and for the flatter stuff 32x17.

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    I built my bike two years ago using a 32/20 ... 29r. I have never changed it, and it is the bike I ride 95% of the time.

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    I have never changed my gearing once I have it where I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spity View Post
    Are you on a 29er or a 26?
    How flat is your area? Your climbing gear ratio is my flat land ratio on my 29er. My regular riding gear is 32/20, but my race gear is 32/18-19 depending on length and hills.
    I am riding a 96er. How flat? I consider it fairly flat, but we are mountain biking so some climbs are involved. I do have one loop that has a 2.5 mile climb that gains about 500'. It is doable for me at 32/16 but there is another climb I would like to do that I was unable to get and am thinking about dropping to 32/18 for it. I am also not sure my chain will be long enough as I have vert drops and the chain is snug, not too tight as I have a tensioner also, and I do not want to have to adjust my chain length to shift gears. (Wish I had thought to try the 18t today before I installed my new 16t cog.)

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