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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    I finally got my mountain bike set up to a 1x9 but now I'm debating on doing something similar to my "around town" mountain bike. Can I do a 1x5 or 1x4? The rear wheel is original to the bike and can accept a cassette again (current set up is a Sette SS kit). I'm starting to ride this bike longer and longer and encountering more hills.
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    You can do 1x by anything.. just a matter of alligning the crankset to the center of the cassette and having an RD with good capacity.
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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    I saw a link to the Sheldon gear calculator, would that be my best bet to set this up? Say I go with 1x5, am I looking at new cranks as well or can any crankset be made to work?
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    Best case scenario, you'd be able to remove a ring from your chainwheel and have the left over one line up properly. More likely scenario: Remove 1 chainring, and have to get a new BB to line up the chainring to the center of the cassette. Chainline is the main thing here, also you don't want ramped chainrings obviously, but since you say 1x5 I'd probably cheat it, check and run a string straight back from your inner chainring to the center of the freewheel and see if it lines up fairly well, this doesn't have to be perfect after all, the only real addendums here are if you can respace your BB with your current one, if so you can make it perfect, possibly a bash guard, and if if needed for the crank in questions new chainring bolts with shallower depth.
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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    This is the current crankset I have, nothing fancy at all, I just needed to get the bike going and it works great. Sunlite Alloy Single Speed Crankset - 152mm x 32T, Silver
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    Funny enough I have experience with that crankset.. I don't know if I'd actually trust it myself (IE sitting on a shelf never installed ATM), do you have the rest of this project too?
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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    Thanks ill get the parts, I recently bought a new bb as well, cheap shimano 68x113mm.
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    I'd guess that BB will be a tiny bit outboard, but with the RD not enough to matter I don't think. So you're going 1x5 right? 1x9 may require a lot more of the "other" work.
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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    Yeah 1x5 is what I have in mind. I probably won't luck out and find like new high end X series components like I did on the other bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonygeo View Post
    Yeah 1x5 is what I have in mind. I probably won't luck out and find like new high end X series components like I did on the other bike.
    At 1x5 you could honestly probably just pick up a new freewheel wheel and tube and tire and rim tape and chain.. and leave your current rear probably as is and be able to SS your bike at will still.
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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    The rear wheel is about 11 years old haha but it's double walled and has stood up to my many years of weight fluctuations. I can't part with it sadly. Ill check back in after I do some parts research/pricing. There's always someone in town with left over parts.
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    Fair enough! I just ask that you post the bike up here when you're done so I can take a gander, oh and a ride report.. that'd be great mmkay
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    In 1971, I had a schwinn suburban that was a 1x5, rode this around campus and into life. Around 1984 I got a Ross mountain bike with a front deraileur, which worked poorly - so I rode 1x7 (?). Now I have a 1x9 commuter and 1x10 road bike. 39 t chain ring and 12-36 9 spd cassette rolling on 32x700 tires is about perfect for most riders, 1xN is a highly effective and pragmatic set up.
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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    Looks like 1x5 won't be an option, RaleighSport has been a big help with this.
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    Internal gear hubs , 1 have a 1x14 but still no derailleur at all ..

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    1x9 Setup? What other 1x? options are there?

    I rode a Townie with IGH and loved it, such a smooth switch of gears.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Internal gear hubs , 1 have a 1x14 but still no derailleur at all ..
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonygeo View Post
    I rode a Townie with IGH and loved it, such a smooth switch of gears.
    Ditto...

    I have 1x1, 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 1x5, 1x7, and 1x8 all are single chain ring, single cog drive trains. Easy to set up and easier to maintain.

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