As long as you can push the gear up that hill. Hat's off to you, I am hoping to do it soon. Remember the lat 80's/ early 1990's when bikes came with 28/38/48 and 11-28 cassettes?steiny said:I run 1x9 on my Salty for a number of reasons. My current crankset is nearing the end of its useful life and I was looking at new cranks and had to decide if I wanted to stay 1x9 or go back to 2x9. I've decided to stay 1x9 and committed the money. If you go 32x11-34, you can get sub 1:1. There are quick steep hills where I ride and all of the ones I could make on more gears, I can make on the 1x9. There are 2 super steep sections I haven't made yet on any bike, but I'm gunning for them next spring. In most cases, if I miss on the 1x9, I probably would have gotten not more than 5 feet further on a lower gear ratio. I always found it hard to use any gear ratio below about 0.85:1 because 1) you can't steer the bike without fanning because you're moving too slow and 2) most climbs here are filled with rocks so the more times that crank goes around, the more time you have to spend avoiding the rocks by stutter pedaling, etc. which just slows you down and 3) you either loop out or lose traction because of the excessive torque.
Different strokes for different folks.
I wasn't biking regularly at that time but I do remember the 26-36-46/48 and 11-28 in the late 90's.wyatt said:As long as you can push the gear up that hill. Hat's off to you, I am hoping to do it soon. Remember the lat 80's/ early 1990's when bikes came with 28/38/48 and 11-28 cassettes?
That was hard 15 years ago. What were they thinking the average rider could do with that except push up the hills?
The only time I have trouble is when I'm in the 34t cog, lean the bike over on the non-drive side, and back pedal. The chain wants to drop off to the inside which starts to derail it from the bottom up. Also, when the chain is worn and needs replaced, I've found it starts to fall off when in the 34t and you pedal backwards on rough terrain. It's actually kind of nice because it tells you when it is time to change the chain.Daner said:Have those who have tried 1 x 9 had any trouble keeping the chain on the chainring?