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I used to BMX when I was a teenager and since then I've been into fixed gear bikes. Recently I decided I wanted to do some trails and dirt jumps with an old friend and I've been looking into bikes and obviously because of my history with BMX I keep gravitating towards dirt jumpers. I have narrowed it down but the one nagging question is gears or not. If I go single gear will I have trouble doing trails on a mountain or in the backwoods? I definitely want to get a decent starter and it seems like the bikes with DJ 2 forks and decent cranks are mostly single gear. I was also thinking about building up a pimp trailking but that would definitely be single gear. I like the steel reserve Haro 1.3 but thats single as well. The Mongoose Ritual dirt seems decent but the parts aren't that great but it does have a good frame and gears. I'm definitely into tricking and jumps but I'm not going pro or doing any pro ****. If anyone can help I'd appreciate it.
 

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sittingduck said:
Screw gears.... go SS.
But how much will not having gears hinder me when riding in NYC or on trails in the mountains. I guess for street I'll be ok but going up and down hills and mountain trails. Is there a good gear ratio on SS for trails? Like I said, I want to trick and jump but I also want to ride trails with friends.
 

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Then get something like single in the front 3-4 speeds on the back. Then it gives you a little variety. Honestly, if your so worried about NOT having gears, then your going to want gears. If you plan on doing that much trailing, and mountain riding..then gears and a good XC bike is what you want, not a dirt jumper.
 

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boostin said:
there is a thread a few posts down that is essentially the same as yours! do you not read before you post?!
Always amazes me that someone would take the time to write nonsense like you. There are no posts that specify in the header what I have and no, nobody reads every thread on a forum to find part of a conversation that might be applicable. I did do a search so thanks.
 

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Smasher! said:
Then get something like single in the front 3-4 speeds on the back. Then it gives you a little variety. Honestly, if your so worried about NOT having gears, then your going to want gears. If you plan on doing that much trailing, and mountain riding..then gears and a good XC bike is what you want, not a dirt jumper.
I live in NYC / Venice California so I only get to go to trails and mountains sporadically. Mainly I will be riding around for fun, commuting up and down the city (NY) and doing tricks like wheelies and stairs, curb cuts and banks, pogos and bs. I just want to know if I'll be comfortable charging down trails every now and then with my boys. I also like to ride the rocks in central park but I need something bigger than my bmx.
 

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I live in NYC / Venice California so I only get to go to trails and mountains sporadically. Mainly I will be riding around for fun, commuting up and down the city (NY) and doing tricks like wheelies and stairs, curb cuts and banks, pogos and bs. I just want to know if I'll be comfortable charging down trails every now and then with my boys. I also like to ride the rocks in central park but I need something bigger than my bmx.
You can get hubs with only 3-4 speed on the back. I would go that route. Stay single in the front, and like 3 gears or so in the back. Gearing can add a lot of problems, but by keeping it pretty basic, you shouldn't have a problem. Have a few extra gears will allow you to charge trails, up and down hill.

I ride trails on my SS, and don't have to much of a problem. They aren't anything tough, but I do ride them. My gearing is a little past "middle" for difficulty.
 

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Smasher! said:
You can get hubs with only 3-4 speed on the back. I would go that route. Stay single in the front, and like 3 gears or so in the back. Gearing can add a lot of problems, but by keeping it pretty basic, you shouldn't have a problem. Have a few extra gears will allow you to charge trails, up and down hill.

I ride trails on my SS, and don't have to much of a problem. They aren't anything tough, but I do ride them. My gearing is a little past "middle" for difficulty.
Thanks a lot Smasher, I appreciate your input, I am going to look into that. I guess you mean one side of the hub has gears and other side is SS and I just flip the wheel when need be.
 

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Smasher! said:
Nope. I have never seen that, sorry if that was confusing..I meant.. http://www.profileracing.com/estore2/index.php?productid=13

I have seen those around, like on bikes here, they seem to work ok. Not sure if they were Profile or not, but they were nice.

And your welcome, just tryin' to help.
Ahhh, now I see what you mean. Cool thanks :thumbsup:
 

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well we can amaze each other

not a big deal- just pointing out the redundancy of your post. Its not every thread of a forum, but on the front page. When its so blatant I have to ask myself, did this person even bother to look?

sorry for the off topic posting
 
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