I hear ya man. I did a 24hr race in Nov, SS, and that 18t was starting to suck on the climbs. Changed to 20t, cost me on the flats but saved me on the climbs. My average splits didn't change much at all in the end by going to the 20. Thanks.:thumbsup:aulmen said:I would think even a smaller gear. I rode a 1x9 and lost my low end after a crash but I still had a 28 or so and after a few laps I was cooked on the damn climb. After 5 laps and 50 miles and 6000 feet of climbing the damn climb is a little bit of a b*tch.
I suggest maybe starting with the 20 and then switching to 18....the climb is challenging on SS. Just my opinion...regardless of fitness level..this is what I would do. To hike a bike the entire climb will take forever...1sportsdoc said:Hey, thanks for the info guys. I won't be able to pre-ride so I'll bring a selection of gears. I could start w/32x18 and change out to a 19 or 20 if needed later. I'll be on a 09 Gary Fisher Rig so be kind when you pass me!!
This sounds like 32x18 to start and maybe for the whole race. Thanks for the thoughts guys, this helps me plan my first Solo SS 12 hr. Looking forward to the day.sdcadbiker said:No Dam climb on the January course! The "main" climb is just a short switchback and a bit of fire road, five minutes maximum. The rest of the climbing is much more spread out and the course is generally much faster than in November.
Good to know! Thanks..and YES this does change things for sportdoc. Good luck and see you at the race!sdcadbiker said:No Dam climb on the January course! The "main" climb is just a short switchback and a bit of fire road, five minutes maximum. The rest of the climbing is much more spread out and the course is generally much faster than in November.
10 laps as a beginner is, uh um, sandbagging, best to move up.:nono:unclesam said:Even if the sandy soil drains better than most, I have a feeling that the course will be muddy given the huge amount of rain we are getting. I rode in the January race last year. The dirt was perfect but the amount of rain that fell the day before the race was nothing compared to the rain that is coming down this week.
This year I am riding my SS 29er. I just ordered a pair of Michelin XC AT tires for the conditions. Last year I completed 10 laps which was good enough for 3rd place in the beginner class. It will be interesting to see how well I can do this year on my SS. With the wet conditions and AT tires I am going with a 34x20. Sportsdoc1, I hope to see you on the trail.