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Old 03-20-10, 12:50 PM   #1
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1x9 drivetrains

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?

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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.
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I have too many climbs around here where a granny is needed so it's not an option for me. I have 1x9s on a couple of bikes but they usually only go downhill.
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