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Old 05-25-09, 03:56 PM   #1
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Anyone still ride a 2x9???

I know this was kind of "the thing" a number of years ago, just wondering if anyone still runs a 2x9 set-up. If so, what cassette size are you running? Please share your experiences, thanks!
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Look at any Freeride bike or most AM bikes. Still the thing for a lot of people to run a bash and 2 rings.
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Two and a bash ring is the only wat to go. If you're running anything else you're just a pozguer.
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What about one and a bash?
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What about a middleburn 2x9?
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Yeah, I'm not running a freeride bike, just a straight XC hardtail. I've always run a triple, but I have been slowly upgrading my mountain bike as I'm starting to get back into off road...I've always been a roadie...so a few years ago I picked up a Trek 6500 on ebay for dirt cheap and have replaced pretty much everything except the mid-level Bontrager crank and who-knows-what bottom bracket. Pretty sure I can save some weight and came accross a pretty good deal on a 44x29 set-up, but not sure I want to bite on it without getting a little feedback....of course, that has never stopped me from spending copious amounts of money to "try something out"...lol. And I'll just get this out of the way...even though I've been riding for more than 20 years, I am still wracking my brain on what an "AM bike" is!!!! Most of my riding is done around Fruita and sometimes Moab, so not tons of granny gear climbs or anything btw. Grazie for the replies so far.
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If I had ISCG, I would have sold my guitar for a Hammerschmidt already. Then I would go SS and have a 2x1.
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I don't think I would rock that on an XC personally, 33-22. Maybe a 36 tops.
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I suppose it's a regional thing, but I agree with YJ on that. I think a 32 is pretty-much all I need for XC. There have been a few times lately where a granny may have kept me in the game a little longer though. When I ride the pavement with my Tuesday cru OTW to the trail head, I just "almost" spin out. When I climb the steepest nasty that intimidating ol' Kansas has to offer...I think that a 32/34 is my limit. When I put on a few years and decide to take my time a little more on the climbs...I'm certain I'll either go H-Schmidt or back to a 2-ring setup.
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I don't think I would rock that on an XC personally, 33-22. Maybe a 36 tops.

Hmmm....interesting feedback. Guess my 70kph downhill runs will be out of the question.. I could always get some new rings though. They're brand new arms and it looks like he just put some older used rings on there just to sell it....so, they would most likely need to be replaced anyway.
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Hey man...if you need to go faster...rock 3 rings then.

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Hmmm....interesting feedback. Guess my 70kph downhill runs will be out of the question..
I have a 32/22 x 11-32 and I don't have any issues keeping up with buddies who have a triple. With most of the trail descents we have around here, pedaling won't help you go much faster (not like when on the road bike). And I can keep up to/pass them on pedally descents...it's only when there is a sustained minor downgrade where they have an advantage. There are a couple of rides around here where I would like a big ring for a portion of the ride but I only ride them 1x year so I just deal with the spinning necessary.
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What kind of arms are they?

AM= All mountain, 5-6in travel beefier than a XC but not as tough as a freeride. Spec. Enduro is a pretty good example.

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Old 05-25-09, 08:55 PM   #15
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What kind of arms are they?

AM= All mountain, 5-6in travel beefier than a XC but not as tough as a freeride. Spec. Enduro is a pretty good example.



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Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh....got it. Thanks Nick!!! At anyrate, they are Coda arms for octalink with what appear to be some well used Shimano rings.
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Very cool.
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i rock the 2x9 36-22 by 11-32 with a bash, found i was runnin outta gears with just the 32t but just barely and the 36t has been great, i mostly live in the 36t, but there are those climbs that i just can't hack or dont wanna bother burning out in the 36t, and its nice to have the 22 to fall back on,

i think its almost the other way around with serious riders in my area, who still rides a triple up front? seems to be mostly just people who would never need a bash, so why bother puttin one on, but they never use the big ring (maybe on the road)
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I have a 2x9 on one of my bikes. I use a 24-36 for the front and 11-27 on the rear.
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I ride 3x8, but I rarely (because I have the low end screw all the way in) go into my 24t. I normally stay away from my 42t too because I need more accel. on dirt. So I mainly ride 34t front and then 11-32 in the rear, but I mainly stay somewhere around a 24-28t.
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Treks' top of the line Top Fuel 9.9 SSL is a 2x9 so there seem to be high end bike riders that like it. I ride a 1x9.
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I like reviving old threads.....Anyways, I am considering going to a 2x8 + bashguard because I keep bashing my outerchainring on stuff when doing singletrack. I want a combination that will let me do the technical stuff, but also let me keep up on more level ground. I have a 8-sp 11-32 in back and a 22-32-42 up front. I rarely ever go big on technical stuff but use it sometimes for long flats. Which ring should I drop? Or should I just keep what I have and suck up the money everytime I hit a large rock/log?
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Do you use the big ring? If so: http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/133...-Bashguard.htm
If not, ditch the big ring: http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...g.aspx?sc=FRGL
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With the 10 speed stuff, the cranks are going double.
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With the 10 speed stuff, the cranks are going double.
They'll make a killing on new chains, what with all that cross chaining. I run a 42-29 with an 11-32.
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