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Anybody use this style of gearing? If so what are the advantages ? Im thinking of trying it on my 06 heckler. If you do use this gearing, what is the front gear you use and what kind of guide are you using?
 

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I use it the advantages are simplicity, quiet and makes you a better more fit rider.

I run an 11/34 cassette with either a 36 or 38t ring and I ride all over Socal, Tahoe, NorCal and Nevada without any issues. I climb (pedal) I dont not hike a bike. IMO if you can climb it in a granny you can single ring it.

I must say though, I did not start with a 36, I used a 32 then 34 then 36/38. Took me about 3-4weeks, riding 3-4 days a week to move up each ring size.

I currently use an MRP System 3 and will be upgrading to either a E13 SRS+ or LG1+

DO IT, its one of the best things you can do to improve your riding ability and enjoyment.
 

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i hated the small tooth chainrings on my YETI (spinning your legs off and going
NOWHERE DIDNT WORK FOR ME)....... finally settled on a 40t up front and change gears in the back if i need to climb... works PERFECT.. love the 1x9 setup and wont be going back... lost weight by getting rid of all the unwanted clutter w/ 3 chainrings...
2 chainrings = GONE
1 derailer = GONE
1 derailer handle bar thingy changer = GONE
found a really nice single speed BB for the FSR XC PRO im building .. hopefully the 40t will still work with the 10-12lb lighter bike.....
 

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32 x 11-32 here. Blackspire Stinger with homemade E-type inner chainguide mount.

I like having my lowest gear ratio as 1:1. Sometimes I wish I had an 11-34, but the whole 1:1 aspect build character. I've definitely become more fit and faster. It's a little bit like non-committal singlespeeding. Sometimes you just gotta get up and go.
 

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That makes me really think about the change even more now. I think I will pick up a guide and run it. I built this 06 heckler up, took it out one time already thinking about changes. I ride for fitness as well as the rush and fun, so thanks. If I dont like it, I can refund myself the front derailer and shifter.
 

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32T front with 11/34T rear. It's made me a faster and stronger rider. And there is not so much thinking as there is just doing it.
 

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I ride a 1x9, and have done so exclusively for 4 years. It's not as good as a tight-ratio double up front that's been moved inboard with a idler pulley.

-it's the same weight. To get the same chain security you have to run a chainguide.
-you have no bail-out gear. If you have to repair a chain you lose your lowest gear. If your legs cramp up you have no granny to spin.
-its expensive. 100$ chainguide + 20$ SS ring vs. 15$ blackspire stinger.
- your top end is limited by how much you can push around at the bottom.

Advantages? Cool points i guess.

Next time i'll run 26/34 with a 34 out back. Super fast front end shifting, a little better top end, a big ring i can ride like a 1x9 on 95% of my rides, and a bailout next time i'm climbing mr. toads and break my chain 3 times. I've got these SS cranks and guide and crap though, so i'll be running 1x9 for the foreseeable future. Oh well, you can look at my bike and know this fat guy is legit
 

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I run 32t front with a 11/32 cassette and love it. I don't think I'll go back to a front dérailleur setup up front again. The simplicity of it is just too nice. Plus you shave some weight.

On my 2009 Trek Fuel I used a MRP 1.X but when I had a warranty replacement and got the 2010 frame with the bigger, press in BB I had to find something else. I ended up with a Widgit and I couldn't be happier.
 

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rayray2316 said:
Anybody use this style of gearing? If so what are the advantages ? Im thinking of trying it on my 06 heckler. If you do use this gearing, what is the front gear you use and what kind of guide are you using?
I like the 1x9 setup on my 80mm HT, but I am not interested in doing on my 130mm FS, where standing and pedaling is pretty inefficient. I don't use my granny much, but sometimes it it very useful, IMO. Particularly on very long rides. On the hardtail, I can get by fine without a small ring, as standing to push the higher gears works pretty well. Plus, I tend to ride the HT when I want to hit it hard on a shorter ride.

I never miss the big ring on either bike

As far as the ring size, it really depends on you are where you ride. I could get by (and be better served by) a higher gearing when I lived in Northern CA then I can here southwest VA.

For a guide, I just use the bashgaurd and Ngear Jumpstop thingy, and it has worked very well for a few years now. I dropped a chain one or twice when I first put it on (needed some adjusting) and then again yesterday for the first time in a few years. Turns out it got whacked out of adjustment, same thing would have happened with a front derailleur. However, I am not sure if this would work as well on a FS bike
 
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