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29er SS Gearing
« on: August 12, 2008, 11:12:35 AM »
bike currently is 32x18

for the following trails what would you 29er SSers run gear wise?

flatwoods:

Santos (red trails):

Dauset GA:

Croom:

San Felasco:

Alafia (moonscape, Roller Coaster, Gatorback etc):

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2008, 12:06:11 PM »
we gonna have to start charging you for all this advice.

Get a couple of 32 rings to have one as spare.  But get 16, 17, 18, 19, 20T cogs.  May want to get a 21T if you going to do real step stuff like Pisgah, Ashville, Penhoti. May even get a 22T so Ells can make fun of you for ridiing a motocycle cog.   ;D :-*  If you use a 21 or 22T with a 32 ring.  Watch the clearance on the rear stay.  The slightest movement of tire will make it rub against your frame if you have big knobies like Ignitors.

You can't gear for every climb.  If you do, you will suffer on the flat.  Everyone's leg strenght is different.  A 32x18x29 is a good starting point for all.  Go down or up 1T at the time as you feel comfortable.  Some say 1T won't make or break a ride.  It doesn't.  But it sure makes a difference when you on that saddle for 8/12 hrs rides/races.

Now, I sure hope to see you riding your SS one day. Otherwise all this wasted advice...   :P
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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2008, 12:09:35 PM »
32x18 is good combo to start with and it works on all local trails but maybe 32x16 or 32x17 on Flatwoods.

flatwoods:
Santos (red trails):
Dauset GA:
Croom:
San Felasco:
Alafia (moonscape, Roller Coaster, Gatorback etc):
I used 32x18 on the trails mentioned above except at Flatwoods (32x17) and Dauset (never did ss yet).
« Last Edit: August 12, 2008, 12:13:10 PM by treadlight »

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2008, 01:37:50 PM »

for the following trails what would you 29er SSers run gear wise?

flatwoods: 32 x 17

Santos (red trails): 32 x 17

Croom: 32 x 17

San Felasco: 32 x 17

Alafia (moonscape, Roller Coaster, Gatorback etc): 32 x 17

I would ride 32 x 18 in some of those trails but I'm too lazy to change back and forth between cogs, so I accept a little extra pain and realize there are some sections that I will have to get off and run.

32 x 20 or 32 x 21 for anything and everything in the mountains...


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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2008, 03:25:31 PM »
I rode most of those trails w/ my 32/17 and the Shenandoah 100 and now I am riding a 29er SS and I have it set up 33/19 for all riding including the SM100
Gears??? We don't need no STINKING GEARS!!!

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2008, 12:52:32 PM »
Regardless of what gearing you will be using on a singlespeed...you will be working harder.
SS suits me well since I can only afford 1 ride per week but yet I will burn and have same work out as worth of two days ride. (i.e. San Felasco ride for 3:00 hours with 5150 cal burned)


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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2008, 09:40:40 PM »
I'm still running the 32 x 20 that came on my Redline.  I'm not looking to set any records or race my SS, so I have no plans on changing it anytime soon.  I find it to be a great combo for screwing around on the harder trails at Boyette and Alafia. 

The problem is the 20 isn't all that fun on the flatter trails...so I may do the Surley dingle (double cog) upgrade so I can easily swap between a 20 and 17 cog. 

 
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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2008, 10:26:57 PM »
I have been eyeing 29er SS"s in my LBS man they are sexy!
But I have a few ?'s that will fit this subject im sure can be answered..

How much do the gears run?

Is it a fairly quick process chainging gears or takes a bit of time? (granted you have proper tools)
Also, do you also have to change the chain length when swapping gears out?

AND This one is more for all of you as to what you ride
Ive seen rigid, hard tail and Full So what do you ride?

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2008, 07:25:21 AM »
I ride a hard tail with a suspension fork - also gears are about $7 each and are easy to change

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2008, 07:42:10 AM »
ellsworth Truth  full boinger  4"..  and an SS with a front shock and running a 32x16 gear..   

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2008, 07:47:25 AM »
ellsworth Truth  full boinger  4"..  and an SS with a front shock and running a 32x16 gear..   

show off - haha

If I ever go FS again...it will be a Truth...accept no substitutes

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2008, 10:21:48 AM »
How much do the gears run?
You can get some for as little as $3 on ebay to about $7 on jensonusa.  But expect to pay $20 to $30 for the better ones a bit heavier because the groves on the inside rig are wider to fit the hubs a bit more snugly.  You won't find a Surley gear for less then $10.  For these areas, you will need 16T, 17, 18, 19, 20.  You may ride everything on a 18 but will need to experiment.  Also remember that 26 tire vs 29 make a big difference on gears.  If someone is running 34x16 they are probably on 26er... 32x18 probably 29er.

Is it a fairly quick process chainging gears or takes a bit of time? (granted you have proper tools)
Also, do you also have to change the chain length when swapping gears out?
It depens on your bike.  There are two main types.  Esentric BB and one that has slide out or slide drops on the rear stay.  This second can have different types of slide outs.  Some require adjust of your rear caliper more then others.  On mine, I can change the gear within 2 minutes or less if I have my cassette tools and I hand tight the lock.  Also my hex wrench for the slide outs.  As for the chain, it depends on your bike and tyep of tires.  For example, I use 32x18 here but wanted to use 32x22 up north.  The chain was fine (Zerich) but had to slide rear tire all the way up making my rear tire rub against frame with large nobs.  Could have fix problem by adding to lengths to chain but then would not be able to run 32x17 in FL until taking out links.  With the SRAM SS chain I have, the links are smaller.  I run 32x18 here but when I used 32x21, I had to add lengths.  AGain, it all depends.

AND This one is more for all of you as to what you ride
Ive seen rigid, hard tail and Full So what do you ride?
Redline Flight hardtail, 80mm reba, 29er tires.

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2008, 02:12:53 PM »


AND This one is more for all of you as to what you ride
Ive seen rigid, hard tail and Full So what do you ride?
Redline Flight hardtail, 80mm reba, 29er tires.

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2008, 06:36:42 PM »
Awesome , thanks for the info !
Just might have to look into getting one of these in the near future.
I am sure it takes riding to a whole new level for sure.
Thanks again!!

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Re: 29er SS Gearing
« Reply #14 on: October 30, 2008, 09:23:47 PM »
Not to revive and old thread, but this is something I am interested in as well.  I currently ride a soul cycles dillinger 29er HT SS with a 32x18.  I have contemplated switching my gearing to a 32x17 for overall rideing.  But my flow fu is in need of work to smooth out some climbs and technical areas.  I have not had much trouble keeping up with gearies at alafia or boyette, but flatwoods is a different story.  I figure if I drop a tooth I shouldn't affect my technical riding much but would slightly enhance my speed on the flats.  Does that sound about right??
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