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Offline gotwalp

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Single Speed Gearing
« on: December 08, 2009, 09:13:10 AM »
I have a rigid Redline Monocog 29er running 32:16. I bought the bike as a campground bike and for family riding. I decided to take it on the trail and as awesome as it was, it beat me up and I was slower than my norm. I am considering going to a 32:18. My question is: What are you single speed riders using for your gears on our local trails.Thanks in advance. Cheers,Walt
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2009, 09:39:12 AM »
32/18 will be fine for almost everything we ride.... i use that for Croom and Boyette and don't have any issues with anything, ridgeline included.  32/16 I use mostly at flatwoods. 
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2009, 09:43:35 AM »
I ride 32x17 on my 26" SS.  Hope to graduate to a big boy gear of 34x17.
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2009, 10:51:50 AM »
Finally a thread I'm digging!
Not sure who said it but they're right... Around here (Southwest Florida: Santos included) a 32x17 is perfect. Up in the mountains a 32x20 is all you need. If you go with to big (easy) of a gear you're going to spin yourself to death.  Also, you never realize just how strong you are till you have to turn a 20 up a 4 mile climb. And it's not as bad as it seems. Real technical stuff too, you'll punish yourself... ...But isn't that the point of a singlespeed?
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2009, 11:23:48 AM »
Now the real question is are you riding it rigid?

Hell no
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2009, 01:27:56 PM »
I am running a 32x20 on my 29er.  I can ride all the trails at Alafia and Boyette with that, but it is not good for spinning XC.  I will run 32x18 for that.  When I grow up, maybe I can push that set-up through Moonscape and Gatorback, but not yet.
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2009, 03:03:53 PM »
Thanks guys! Awesome info. I think I am going to give the 32:18 a shot. Also, it is a total rigid and it feels every bit of that :)Cheers,Walt
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2009, 07:57:27 PM »
I run a 32x18 on my MC29er.  Can get tough on some of the longer/steeper climbs at Alafia or Boyette, but it is a good all around combo for everything other than Flatwoods. 

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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2009, 07:59:45 PM »
Gears are good....

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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #9 on: December 09, 2009, 11:37:28 AM »
Hey Gotwalp, I've been running a 36x18 on my rigid 29er SS franken-build for the last year an absolutely love it!!!!! It's an old Fischer I built up w/ miscellaneous parts a bout a year ago and have not touched another bike since. For a local reference, it's perfect for North Creek, Roller coaster, and Bridges. Moon Scape and Gator back definitely give a challenge in steep spots. It's a harder gear than probably whats needed for our terrain, but I do a bit of in town commuting on it and it's perfect for flats. Hope that helps.

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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #10 on: December 09, 2009, 07:50:05 PM »
Thanks Clay! Good info. I ordered an 18 and will be trying it out soon!
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #11 on: June 27, 2010, 02:21:12 PM »
is 32x18 good for a 26er also? is 32x16 better for 26er at like flatwoods?

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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #12 on: June 27, 2010, 05:12:16 PM »
is 32x18 good for a 26er also? is 32x16 better for 26er at like flatwoods?

Yeah, 32x18 is good for Alafia if you like to hit Rollercoaster and Moonscape. The 32x16 you should be able to run 12-13mph pretty comfortably, and as you get used to the gear it will work well at most places in Fl.
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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2010, 08:45:25 PM »
I am gonna try going with a 1x7 setup with some parts off another bike.. I have a 32t and a 34t middle chain ring, so I think I am going to use the 34t. the cassette on the other bike is a 7 speed with 14,16,18,20,22,24,28 cogs. I may end up going to a 36t chain ring later on depending...

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Re: Single Speed Gearing
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2010, 07:37:24 PM »
I ride a 23/8 if that helps--combine that with 20" wheels and 10 miles in the pits at Croom feels like 40!!
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