Hey guys it seems these days running a 1x9 drivetrain on a XC bike is gaining popularity. I've built myself a nice weight weeny bike over the winter with a 1x9 drivetrain, but have yet to give it an honest go on some trails.
My rational for doing this is that I never use my granny and I'm in my big ring for like a minute down a big hill, and better off just coasting and pumping. Losing the shifter, derailleur, cables and rings seems like a good weight trade off for pushing big gears up the steeps.
Is anyone else running this setup? What are your thoughts?
Been running this setup since 98. It does seem to be growing in popularity lately. I can't figure out why it took everyone so long to catch on.
Besides the weight benefit, when using a chainguide, 1xX increases driveline security and quiets things down a lot. I have to push every now and then but that's no big deal - the tradeoff is worth it imo.