Technically, I'm already running a 1x9, as my front derailleur is locked. I'll probablly just yank off the shifter for now, and go with a bash guard and jumpstop. Thanks to everyone's advice. If this gets anymore confusing I may have to go back to a Single speed. Just the thought of having 27 gears make me cringe.....Too much shifting for me. Also interesting to see mostly everyone is running there 29er's as 1X9.