Cam thank you for allowing Andrew to write about something, anything other than that new and improved part.
I have a friend that runs a 48 tooth out back with a short cage XO derailleur. 10 speed I believe . Anything is possible but as Andrew pointed out first you have to experiment.
Has anyone tried shifting a narrow wide 2 x system. I run a single speed Saint ring . No shifting ramps . It's not narrow wide . I can shift both ways . I use a grip shift just for the front derailleur. I currently use a SunRace m 90. If I use the bike this summer for treking I'll upgrade to clutch.
I stockpile brand new hubs for my needs . Same with cassettes , tires.
Did a full ride yesterday , dirt felt so good. Then I rode home from the mountains. Never did I desire a 9 tooth for more speed. Maybe it's luck I have rarely ever had issues with hg drivers . Exept minus 10 and colder they can freeze up .
Only issues with wide range HG driver cassettes. Weight. I have a 11 36 SunRace 8 speed cassette. Not the aluminum spider type. 490 grams .
Upgraded to SunRace 11 42 cassette aluminum carrier I believe it's lighter . Stamped steel cogs are unfortunately very heavy. Then I read about 26 up front 36 in the back . Maybe 8 speed. Maybe if someone gets China to whip up some aluminum cogs for the big plates .
The weight penalty is compensate for the fact that one could mix and match size and speed to your riding style which is very attractive to me.
The amount of comments thrills me to realize this community is open minded to alternative ideas on what mountain biking can be for the individual.
Andrew did Fox and Manitou compleaetly give up on 1 1/8 steer tube forks ? I think they may still have suspension forks for the DJ bikes . The Manitou circus comes to mind .
Update. 5 1/18 models left and looks like it's old stock . I know dirt jumping is rather rare but pump tracks are a blast. 26 inch rules on pump tracks ... Any one try wagon wheels in a pump track ?