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1x11 / drivetrain guys - what tooth FR sprocket you run? Esp w/27.5-29 tires

Discussion in 'Bicycling' started by LINUS, Sep 24, 2017.

  1. baldilocks

    baldilocks GOLD Star

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    I think most bike frames are made in China or Tawain until you step into the equipment that is too expensive for me to consider.

    The GT Pantera has 30t front and 11-46 cassette.
     
  2. LINUS

    LINUS Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

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    Def on the China thing - heck, my CC Carbon Bronson2 frame is China. All Santa Cruz have been for 4-5yrs. I think dang near all carbon frames are China, frankly.

    They already set you up with a 30t - cool - saves being me with 2 sprockets in the toolbox.
    If you are at all into buying used bikes, pinkbike.c is big & I've never had a bad seller, even sold my last 2 Santa Cruz bikes there.
    IDK your budget, but new bikes are ~75% 1yr old, lots of guys buy sweet bikes & use as a clothes hanger/gather dust.
     
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    tnkayaker SILVER Star

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    30x 46 should let you climb most anything. I'm not that strong of a climber and find it very reasonable.
     
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    WRT to the ovalized rings, I'd encourage you to think about your goals: do you want to get better / more comfortable climbing, on all of the bikes you own? Or, do you want to get better / more comfortable riding oval or non-standard 'rings?

    Think about the specificity of the riding that you do. What's your goal(s)? Riding a non-standard chainring isn't a quick fix for improved performance.

    To quote Eddy Merckx: "Don't buy up grades, ride up grades."

    Get out there and have fun on your bikes!
     
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  5. gregnash

    gregnash Anal Retentive Analyst SILVER Star

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    I like the quote....
    It never gets any easier... You just get stronger.
     
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    ravewoofer Las Ventas

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    I ride a 1x11 geared at 30x46 on a 29er. I live in a not too hilly section of New England averaging about 1500 feet of climbing on a 20 mile ride in the woods. At first, 1x11 felt really hard on the legs, but after a few months I was riding just as hard as my old 2x10. I won't go back to any old school set up, and at times felt like I could handle a front of 32. I stuck with the 30 though. :)

    If you want to feel like a 30 pound weakling, Nino Schuerter, an Olympic gold mountain biker, rides a 38 or 40 front ring on his 29er. Yikes.
     
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  7. LINUS

    LINUS Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

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    Ha, I dig any ride anybody will pull & respect all 'local drivetrains' -

    I have ridden Squamish, Whistler & my local hill is Galbraith- I'll show you full brotherly love, but here in my hotspot & my local ~5mi loop with my boxer, 30t on a 1x11 with Onyx hubs is the silent killer.

    I ride to please a dog, he's my 'pace car' & loves the pawls in the Onyx hub - my Kings freak his butt out, moreso with Hopes.

    Just my real world experience living in a killer place with a full 750' terrain drop on my local trail, one I made in 1989 & a local golf course made a maintained trail today. (No joke. It was my manicured trail they made but drops terrain so fast they can't keep up).

    Glad they sprinkle 5/8"- gravel on it every so often, but they put a rope handrail on too - it's a fun local drop spot.
     
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    So I just switched to 30 x 42. Holy s***. I feel like I lost power. But I think I'll stick with it.

    On another note. I also had to replace a 1 year old xt derailleur. Now on sram gx.
     
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    gregnash Anal Retentive Analyst SILVER Star

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    Why do you feel you lost power? What did you come from? Just like anything else there is an adjustment period but if you do the calculations on the gearing calculators out there you will probably see that it is all in your head. I am actually looking at upping from a 32t front to a 34t as I feel I spin out on the fast flowy downhill sections.
     
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    tnkayaker SILVER Star

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    I guess I didn't articulate the thought clearly. The amount of power I need produce seems greater. I'm working harder to the climbs. I'm sure I'll adjust. I'm more of a spinner than a masher.

    We don't have much flow here. Fire road climbs and old single track descents.
     
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    LINUS Waiting for the Great Pumpkin

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    I cheaped out on my bike build & did Sram.
    When I get a popcan Nomad frame I'm letting the Sram stuff go with the old frame. I tried but Shimano is my pref.

    Luckily the 11sp cassettes from either work with either derailleur.

    We have a great bowl on the top the hill I live on, you drop that 750' in notime & make the bulk of it back up on a golf course maint track where they run their John Deere Gators. 28t is good for parts of Galbraith, but 30t for my loop.
     
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    My Rocky fat bike uses a 28t up front. My Canfield N9 is normally setup as a single speed with a 30t AB oval. It is currently running 5 speeds in the back with the 30t oval. Both rings are narrow wide.

    One thing to keep in mind as bikes evolve to boost spacing, and eventually super boost, is making sure any replacement rings have the correct offset.
     
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    Galbraith is a rad network! It reminds me a lot of our local trails in Santa Cruz. Mellow fire road climbs and forest single track descents. What’s the story with the golf course on your local trail?

    I run a 34T I think on a 10 sp. 11-42t on my old Nomad 2. I’m probably one of the last around here to convert to 27.5 but I’m throwing a leg over the new Nomad in a week or so to demo, so that may change pretty soon. I gotta get riding again and stop spending all my money on my 80!
     
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    Chainring on my 11spd 29'r hardtail is a Wolftooth eliptical 32t. Love it. After a year of using it, it's doubtful that I will ever go back to a standard chainring.
     
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    gregnash Anal Retentive Analyst SILVER Star

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    OOOOOoooohhhh the new Nomad is supposed to be sick, but the Hightower LT is supposed to be the ultimate one-bike quiver killer at the moment. 27.5 is old news now, newest of the new will be boost plus 27.5+/29 so you can run whatever the hell you want and crush the trails. When time comes for a new bike for me, still a number of years off unless I hit it big or crash big, would be something like the Trek Remedy, GG Smash or Megatrail or the Norco Sight or Range.
     
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