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Putting together a new 29er and have come to a cross road. Frame is on the way and need to quickly decide how flexible of setup. I'm going to run single speed for the initial setup but thinking of running a 3 piece crank and 9speed hub so I can easily convert when need be.

Can anyone give some real good reasons why just to setup the one piece cranks and single gear hub. Is what i'm thinking more problematic then what its worth.
 

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How about a 34 single ring and a cassette hub. Set it up with a 34 x 21 (or something similar) for single speed and a 13 to 34 cassette as a 1 x 9. The 1 x 9 nets you a range of 75 to 29 gear inches. That's great flexibility, and lets you run the neater single ring crank set up all the time...

YMMV
 

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I've been running my bike SS. I decided I wanted to try 1x9, but after getting about half way through my conversion to rear gears I got a shock that my chainline probably won't work. I've got a 34 tooth chainring, and it lines up more with the lower end of the cassette. I think it will be more important to have it closer the lining up with the middle to upper cogs of the cassette to work best. I can try and order a 30 tooth ring and try to run it in the granny spot, but I'm not even sure the ring will clear the chainstay then... I'm bummed.
 

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You need to evaluate your riding.

Is this your only bike?

Will you be using it to get to the trailhead or will you be driving?

Are you going to be doing much traveling with the bike?

Are you going to be riding with a group?

I love my SS. I ride it alot. With that said, a SS mtb is a situation specific machine. I personally would not want one as my only bike. But I like to ride my bike to the trails, I commute around a lot, I ride with my wife some, and I travel to places that are a lot steeper than where I live. None of these situations are really ideal for my SS mtb.

So my answer...have multiple bikes (one being a SS) or have a geared bike.

Good Luck,

LP
 

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i agree with lanpope. i prefer either one, a SS only bike or geared only bike, or both bikes, but not a 2-in-1 bike. i'm too lazy to reconfigure the bike for either purpose! hahahah

i even have a *gasp*, a beautifully reconditioned Olmo steel road bike, which i want to sell so that i can buy me a 29er!!!

my 26" inbred will be relegated to Burley pulling duties and other non-offroad duties, if i can sell my Olmo that is, hahahahha as i am not sure i got the legs to use the Olmo to pull my Burley up the slopes.

so ask yourself, do you like tinkering with bike parts? will you want to get your hand dirty swapping from SS to geared? and vice-versa? if yes, the first frame in mind is the Inbred 29er :)
 

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I agree that two bikes is better then one. the new frame is a sir 9 so I have the option to go either. My old bike is a Bontrager Privateer S geared.

It kinda sounds like you would push to just setup single or mutli.

I was just curious about choosing to run single when you have some 3peice cranks and a rear hub that can carry a 9 speed. It will save me some money and i assume it should add some weight. Any other issues.
 

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For what "Wish I Were Riding" is saying, this will be something i will run into.
I will see if i can solve this. I'm thinking 34 x 20 so i may not run into the clearnce problem.
 
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