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Hi guys

I'm building up a hardtail 29er custom frame. I want to go w/ a 2x crank. Does anybody have a setup which has workes well for you?

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Lilkev said:
Hi guys

I'm building up a hardtail 29er custom frame. I want to go w/ a 2x crank. Does anybody have a setup which has workes well for you?

Thanks!
Oodles of threads on this if you use the search function...:thumbsup:
 

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Oodles of threads on this if you use the search function...:thumbsup:
I have to echo the suggestion to read the various threads that already exist. The conclusion I came to was that everybody has their own unique requirements that will (should) lead them to the best setup for them.and that may be different than what works for others.

There are simply too many variable factors at play to come to a conclusion that any one setup is best without taking a particular rider's situation into consideration. If you want well considered responses, you'll have to divulge some details about yourself, your bike, the type of riding you want to do.and of couse, your budget. Otherwise, all you'll get are people telling you to get what they have. You'll probably still get that, but they may at least be able justify it with solid reasoning.

I think my 2x9 setup works wonderfully, but I wouldn't recommend it to you without knowing more about your situation.
 

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I have to echo the suggestion to read the various threads that already exist. The conclusion I came to was that everybody has their own unique requirements that will (should) lead them to the best setup for them.and that may be different than what works for others.

There are simply too many variable factors at play to come to a conclusion that any one setup is best without taking a particular rider's situation into consideration. If you want well considered responses, you'll have to divulge some details about yourself, your bike, the type of riding you want to do.and of couse, your budget. Otherwise, all you'll get are people telling you to get what they have. You'll probably still get that, but they may at least be able justify it with solid reasoning.

I think my 2x9 setup works wonderfully, but I wouldn't recommend it to you without knowing more about your situation.
Thanks Jeff

Point well made. I geuss what I'm really looking for is which company has more available in terms of chain rings. I had wanted to go w/ Shimano Xt's but they seem limited on chain rings. I'm currently steering towrds Race Face but not sure if I want to go w/ the XC or AM lineup.

Problem is I'm a Clydesdale @ 245lbs and I break a lot of stuff. Durrability counts for more than weight savings.
 

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Lilkev said:
Thanks Jeff

Point well made. I geuss what I'm really looking for is which company has more available in terms of chain rings. I had wanted to go w/ Shimano Xt's but they seem limited on chain rings. I'm currently steering towrds Race Face but not sure if I want to go w/ the XC or AM lineup.

Problem is I'm a Clydesdale @ 245lbs and I break a lot of stuff. Durrability counts for more than weight savings.
Cool, I can work a little with that ;) Fellow clyde here as well (270lbs) and I can be hard on chainrings and cassettes.

Not sure what your climbing needs are. What chainrings are you looking for. I recently found an XT 36t middle ring for my XT 760 cranks. I also have (08) Race Face Evolve XC cranks and was looking to use one or the other depending on what rings I could find.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend the Evolve XC cranks for clydes compared to the XT 760 as I can feel the Evolve XC's flex more than the XT's do. If you're going to go with RF, I think I'd look into something like the Deus cranks (similar weight of the XT) or the Atlas.cranks which are heavier than XT by about 100g+/-, but stiffer than the other two RF cranks mentioned.

I found RF chainrings more readily available, but there are also other aftermarket chainrings that will fit either one. I wouldn't cross the XT's off my list because you're concerned about availibilty of chainrings.

This isn't where I found mine, but here is a link to a source that claims to be able to get them:

http://www.beyondbikes.com/ItemMatr...ike&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=05DTCRBG

I would call them to be sure though as BB has been known to drag their feet on actually getting things like this delivered :skep: The point is that they do exist and I think it's it's worth it as the XT is an excellent crankset. Of course I don't know if that is the particular ring(s) you're concerned about.
 

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I did a 2x on my All Mountain. I used the Truvativ Team 3.3 crankset and simply removed the outter chain ring. I added a bash guard (THANKS E.13!!) and went that route...

I rarely use the outter ring and the bash guard saves everything as the outter ring was simply a saw when hucking over large trees, rocks, etc...

Here's the set-up... Only required longer bolts and lighter than a DH or similar 2x crankset...



I KNOW IT ISN'T a 29er... I have a Fisher 20er so, I frequent these forums... Could easily apply to any bike.
 

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Unless I'm missing something, don't over think this. Take whichever triple floats your boat, remove the outer ring, install a bash or ring guide (or don't) and have at it.
 

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Thanks all! It looks like the Race Face Atlas 24/36 is the winner! I wanted a bash guard and wasn't sure of the gearing. But I knew the 22/32/42 shimano I have blew! And the cranks are well worn so I want something new for the new Ti hardtail.
 

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Have you seen the SLX M665 22-36 with bash guard and BB?
 

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I am running the KCNC 2x9 setup and am very pleased with it. It is a super lightweight crankset, mine weighs in at 678 grams, complete with rings, BB and all associated hardware. It shifts well and works great. It comes with 42/29 rings.
 

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Although KCNC certainly is a nice lightweight XC race set-up the OP was looking for a 2x9 w/bash guard for presumedly more AM usage.
 
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