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    Looking for input on ideal 1x gear range for North Texas trails

    Just looking for some input from others familiar with the area terrain and 1x setups. I have a 2016 Habit that is currently on SLX 2x10 groupset. The derailleur and chain need to be replaced so I figured, it was a good opportunity to go with a 1x11 or possibly 1x12 setup.

    To avoid hub replacement, I was looking at the Shimano XT groupset. It comes with 11x40t, 11x42t, and 11x46t cassette options with a 32t front ring.

    I was also looking at the SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 setup with a 10x50t range and 32t front ring. Certainly overkill, but I love the idea of having the range if I ever needed it.

    Just curious what you find to be ideal for the area?
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    I'm in San Antonio and riding hill country and beyond. Ive got 12speed,11 speed and 2x10 on different bikes. I prefer the 11 speed for Texas riding. 2x kind of sucks with a dropper post. 12 speed is spendy, heavy and not needed in Texas. I prefer a smaller jump between gears too. I would go for the XTR 11 speed or something with a similar tight range. Then again, I've been known to run a straight block cassette on my roadbike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xphiberoptikx View Post
    Just looking for some input from others familiar with the area terrain and 1x setups. I have a 2016 Habit that is currently on SLX 2x10 groupset. The derailleur and chain need to be replaced so I figured, it was a good opportunity to go with a 1x11 or possibly 1x12 setup.

    To avoid hub replacement, I was looking at the Shimano XT groupset. It comes with 11x40t, 11x42t, and 11x46t cassette options with a 32t front ring.

    I was also looking at the SRAM GX Eagle 1x12 setup with a 10x50t range and 32t front ring. Certainly overkill, but I love the idea of having the range if I ever needed it.

    Just curious what you find to be ideal for the area?
    Those are very different setups.

    In texas, I would run a GX 11 speed setup 1ith 1175 cassette from fleabay ($100) and upgrade to 1195 or 1199 cassette when your GX cassette wears out. This works great with a 32 depending upon whether you are a weekend warrior or a rider who gets 4-8 hours per week.

    No shimano cassette has enough range for me on the top end for the street. I would not run an 11-40 if you plan on riding your habbit everywhere in Texas. 11-46 would be fine, but I would want a 34 front ring. You could run the XT 11-46 with the SRAM GX shifter and long cage derraileur. if you don't want to mess with a new freehub.

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    Eagle is not really usable here unless you race ultra marathons.

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    Thank you both. I think my view of the 1x12 was to have it if needed, but was not really considering the implications of it, seeing as 99.9% of my riding is here local where its unnecessary.

    Quick question for FJSnoozer - can you explain why you would recommend the GA shifter and and derailluer with the Shimano cassette? I understand the Shimano cassette to save the freehub but what is the compelling reason for the SRAM mech and shifter?
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    Also, novice question, but can I used my existing Deore crank (FC-M617) that is currently 2x with a Race Face narrow wide chainring to get a 34t front ring setup without buying a new crank?

    Edit: replaced SLX Crank with confirmed Deore crank on the bike currently.
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    I just replaced my 3x9 setup with a SLX M7000 groupset from Chain Reaction. Shimano SLX 1x11 Drivetrain Groupset | Chain Reaction Cycles
    For $225 I am very happy with it. 30T front and 11-42 rear, The first seven gears are almost identical to what I had with my old setup. I am loosing a bit on the top end but I haven't noticed any problem with that yet.


    Here is a gear comparison chart I made up when I was considering it.


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    Just get Eagle and be done with it, whichever one you like and can afford. I'd like to see those who say you don't need 12-speed ride a couple of laps at Big Cedar and then hit the brick climb and not wish they had a 50-tooth, especially with a 32 or 34 in front. It just gives you a HUGE range. It's not heavy, expensive or any of that other stuff. It's just better. I have it on all my MTB's except my SS.
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