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Does anyone ever have that feeling of when you're climbing, and it's really hard and steep, you check to see if you have another easier gear to work with, AND YOU DO, and the relief that goes over you is like no other? I recently experience this on a climb in SC. Curious if anybody has had this same, AMAZING feeling.
 

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Imagine the happiness if you looked down and discovered 2 extra crank rings, with a whole other derailleur to utilize them!
Having spent most of my life riding a 3X7/8/9 I totally get your point, however IME a FD only provides higher top end, closer ratios and a ton of overlap.
The lowest Gear ratio (which the OP is expressing) is actually the same as seen in this screenshot of my 2 bikes.



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I for one don't miss the FD as the higher speeds aren't needed for my usual trails.
Also IMO there's no comparison in the shifting difference. The 1X12 is butter smooth compared to the 3X9.
 

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For me it's the other way around most of the time... I'm 99% sure that I'm in my easiest gear but still hope that I'm wrong and look down to be sure... just to be disappointed
 
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I suppose I could carry an extra cog and chain. Stop along the trail and swap em, dial in the sliders and go again.
Damn one speed automatics!
Actually a product for just that: White Industries Double Double. 2 gears up front, two out back:
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Two single speed ratios, one bike
 

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*not actually 4 different speeds, you gotta switch both at the same time to maintain chain length. Hi front low back, and low front high back.
 

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it's still possible to put two chainrings on many modern 1x cranksets. if you really have use for a "bail out gear," you could put a granny ring on your crankset and manually drop it down there when needed. just don't use it most of the time and you won't mind it being there.
 

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I do. Conversely, there's also the disappointment of thinking you have one more gear to drop into, then getting no response when you hit the shifter
This is even worse if using SRAM double-tap on a gravel/road bike. You shift, and instead of it downshifting, it upshifts.

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It鈥檚 a good idea but that brings in a whole nother segment in our sport.

Not SS
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4S
That's called Dinglespeed. My 2015 Salsa Blackborow was available with speed or DS. Color of DS was dope but no way I would have pedaled that tank on only 2 speed...
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It鈥檚 a good idea but that brings in a whole nother segment in our sport.

Not SS
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4S
if by that you mean four speeds, a dingle really only has two. if you choose the right combos, there's enough room on the chainstays to use the "hard" gear or the "easy" gear, but you can't really use anything else without manually changing the chain length. if you do it just right, you don't even need to move the adjustable dropouts on your bike.
 
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