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2 x 10 gearing

June 5, 2013, 8:32 p.m.
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Buying a new XT 2 x 10 crank in the next few days but am undecided on which gear combo. I can go 26/38 or 24/38 most likely with 11-36 on the rear

any opinions on what would be a better combo. I want gearing that lets me go uphill but not let me spin out to badly on the decents. Let me also say that its been nearly 15 years since on a bike and my fitness level is definately sub par if thats helps with the choice

June 5, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
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What bike will the drivetrain be going on?

June 5, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
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They're both 38 big ring so no difference spinning out. You could expect shifting to be slightly better between rings with the 26t (but only a poofteenth). If you are mortal and like to go up steep things get the smaller granny but if you are Captain Climb go the bigger one.

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June 5, 2013, 9:07 p.m.
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it will be going on a cove stiffee

June 5, 2013, 9:13 p.m.
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what kind of climbing are you doing?

im running a 22/34 up front and a 11/32 on the rear ( i couldnt get anything better for my 8spd without ordering it in) .

on the climbs im doing i really wish i had put on a 11/36.

after last nights ride i'm swapping out my shifter and der. on my hei hei so i can run the 10 spd.

i wont have the top range, its for really steep climbs that im worried about..

maybe go 22/36?

June 5, 2013, 9:16 p.m.
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it will be going on a cove stiffee

You could probably manage quite nicely with 1x10 using a 34 or 36T front chainring and the 11-36T cassette . (Most DH bikes only use a 36T front chainring) The only time you'd be using the top gears would be on the road. Since the bike is a 26" hardtail, it will pedal more efficiently. It will be a bit of a struggle at first, but once you get used to it, the 1x10 will be far superior to the 2x10 system.

June 5, 2013, 9:21 p.m.
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it will definately see its share of roadtime as i do not own a vehicle and will be riding to my destinations. therefore im thinking 2 x 10 is going to be a better option

June 5, 2013, 9:23 p.m.
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36 is big enough for a big ring and go for as small a small ring as you can get.

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June 5, 2013, 9:25 p.m.
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being new to all this again. after reading other posts it looks like i wont be in my granny all that much except for climbs…and dropping to granny probably only for the real steep climbs. Is that 2 tooth difference going to be that noticable

June 5, 2013, 9:30 p.m.
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it will definately see its share of roadtime as i do not own a vehicle and will be riding to my destinations. therefore im thinking 2 x 10 is going to be a better option

being new to all this again. after reading other posts it looks like i wont be in my granny all that much except for climbs…and dropping to granny probably only for the real steep climbs. Is that 2 tooth difference going to be that noticable

If you're going with the 2x10, go for the 24/38 as it will provide the greatest range of gears and will have less overlapping of gears.

June 5, 2013, 9:34 p.m.
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Most likely won't matter which crankset you go with. Go smaller though as youwill probably want the reduced gearing for spinning up longer climbs.

New 2x10 systems are great on a hard tail, as it doesn't matter which chainring you are in. Don't go 1x10 regardless of what nipple-nose above said, your knees, lungs, quads, heart and head will hate you. You want to get out there and have fun and enjoy yourself, not destroy yourself

I've got a set of 40/28 XT rings brand new for sale if you're worried about spining out though;)

Why slag free swag?:rolleyes:

ummm, as your doctor i recommend against riding with a scaphoid fracture.

June 5, 2013, 9:43 p.m.
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i guess just get either one and try it out. if its not right just buy another set of rings . Now with the the 2 x 10 setup i will need a med rear derailer.. Looks like i'm going full xt on this build. The new xt brakes are supposed to be amazing . and now blackspire has come out with a new bashguard specifically for the xt 2 x 10

June 5, 2013, 10:34 p.m.
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Nice. The XTs are a nice brake, I liked them after I rode them, enough to make me want to switch to Shimano brakes.

I'd be surprised if you needed to switch chainrings, unless you went to a completely different setup. sounds like from your needs 1x10 isn't needed. I run it and I wouldn't recommend it for you

Why slag free swag?:rolleyes:

ummm, as your doctor i recommend against riding with a scaphoid fracture.

June 6, 2013, 1:42 p.m.
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24 for sure

WTB Frequency i23 rim, 650b NEW - $40

June 6, 2013, 2:54 p.m.
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I'm running a 24/38 with an 11/36 on my all mountain 29er and it's pretty much perfect for most everything I've encountered. In the 24, I'm rarely in the 36, but it's nice to know it's there.

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