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  1. #1351
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    Mrsjm2e runs 28T x 10-50 eagle and if she could get a lower gear shed take it.
    Im running 32T x 10-50 Eagle and am occasionally jealous of her.
    Im over climbing.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    Mrsjm2e runs 28T x 10-50 eagle and if she could get a lower gear she’d take it.
    I’m running 32T x 10-50 Eagle and am occasionally jealous of her.
    I’m over climbing.
    Do you both have SRAM direct mount cranks and both on same spacing (boost, GXP or BB30)?
    If so spend $45 bucks and get her a 26t and put the 28 on your bike?
    I'd sell you my 26T but I want to keep it incase the Mrs Dee and I go for a week long Alps MTB trip where a lower gear would make the week a little less painful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jm2e View Post
    Mrsjm2e runs 28T x 10-50 eagle and if she could get a lower gear she’d take it.
    I’m running 32T x 10-50 Eagle and am occasionally jealous of her.
    I’m over climbing.


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    28x50 (0.56) is lower than anything you could get in the 3x/2x days, which generally maxed out at 22x36 (0.61).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    28x50 (0.56) is lower than anything you could get in the 3x/2x days, which generally maxed out at 22x36 (0.61).
    If you really want to play with the numbers of a 22x36 on an old 26" bike would be 15.86 Gear Inches
    Vs 28x50 on a 29er is 16.40 gear inches. so not as low.... (28x50 on a 27.5 would be 15.56)

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    True. But, 29ers still existed in 2010 when 22x36 was the lowest gear money could buy.

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    26x50 is like doing a track stand all day, you spend as much energy balancing at that speed then you would pushing a 28 tooth.... OK, not really, but that seems like you'd be crawling.

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    Am I mis-remebering 20-tooth aftermarket granny rings for 3x setups?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grskier View Post
    26x50 is like doing a track stand all day, you spend as much energy balancing at that speed then you would pushing a 28 tooth.... OK, not really, but that seems like you'd be crawling.
    Yeah... for some of us it's not the balance that's the issue... it's the leg-strength and the steepness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skaredshtles View Post
    Am I mis-remebering 20-tooth aftermarket granny rings for 3x setups?
    Nope.
    There was also this back inna day

    http://abundantadventures.com/quads.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by skaredshtles View Post
    Am I mis-remebering 20-tooth aftermarket granny rings for 3x setups?
    There may have been some niche options, but 64/104 cranks dominated the market then and AFAIK 22t is the smallest you can go on 64BCD. I could be (probably am) wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    Nope.
    There was also this back inna day

    http://abundantadventures.com/quads.html
    ^^^ I think I have one of those Gorilla brake booster things somewhere still.

    I had (maybe still have) the Avid micro-adapter, which let me use a 24T small chainring on a 3x7 drivetrain. 24x28 low gear felt super low back then... in the days when bikes came with 26x28 or 28x28.
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    if you have to resort to taking advice from the nitwits on this forum, then you're doomed.

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    You could also run the Suntour Microdrive with a Shimano cassette for some super low gearing (20t inner) circa the early 90’s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chupacabra View Post
    ^^^ I think I have one of those Gorilla brake booster things somewhere still.
    This old thing?

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    That's been in a cardboard box in my basement for a decade, and in my parents' garage for who knows how many years before that.

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    If I slow pedal a 32 x 50, I go the same speed as if I just walk. I've timed this. I don't get the desire for a 26t - that's like sub-crawling speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dantheman View Post
    There may have been some niche options, but 64/104 cranks dominated the market then and AFAIK 22t is the smallest you can go on 64BCD. I could be (probably am) wrong.
    I put a 20t ring on my bike when I did the continental divide thing with a bob trailer.

    I really did go that slow.

    What were cassettes then though, like 32 max? Plus 26" wheels. I could work out the gear inches but I don't care. I'm just bragging about being a proud owner of a 20t ring at some point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rideit View Post
    You could also run the Suntour Microdrive with a Shimano cassette for some super low gearing (20t inner) circa the early 90s.
    I custom shimmed a Shimano 11-23 cassette to run w microdrive and a 22/32/44 drivetrain back in the day. Mounted on a specialized ultimate carbon. 21 pound w a suspension fork in 1992. That was a sweet bike. I did weigh 25 pounds less and road 10x as much so the gearing was fine....


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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    If I slow pedal a 32 x 50, I go the same speed as if I just walk. I've timed this. I don't get the desire for a 26t - that's like sub-crawling speed.
    Just curious, did you do this timing on a steep hill? Speed can be deceptive in this, since flat ground needs more than a steep climb, step length changes, etc.

    Not that anyone should be pairing a 26 with a 50, but even 26 x 50 does not (quite) get to a 1:1 when tire diameter/crank length is considered (say, 694/350 for 650B, would net 3% less force at the tire/3% faster). Unless you're Johnny Highway Sanders with a 26" out back.

    My wife runs a 26 x 42 granny on a 29" wheel and is missing almost 2 full gears from her previous 22 x 34 on 26" wheels. She's ok with the 26x10 top gear, so I'm looking at 10x46 cassettes as a cheaper alternative to 12-speed for her. But the 26T will stay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    My wife runs a 26 x 42 granny on a 29" wheel and is missing almost 2 full gears from her previous 22 x 34 on 26" wheels. She's ok with the 26x10 top gear, so I'm looking at 10x46 cassettes as a cheaper alternative to 12-speed for her. But the 26T will stay.
    Is her 42 a SRAM xx1 or x01? The OneUp 44 add on makes that cassette a great 10-44 that is light.

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    I'll have to check but I was thinking X01. Thanks for the tip!

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    Quote Originally Posted by toast2266 View Post
    If I slow pedal a 32 x 50, I go the same speed as if I just walk. I've timed this. I don't get the desire for a 26t - that's like sub-crawling speed.
    I've been wondering about this, new smuggler came with a 30t chainring and eagle (50t). I'm coming off 4 years of using a 1x10 at 30tx40t. Is the new bike going to feel ridiculous, and should I switch out to a 32t chainring right away before I get used to the too easy?

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    Jono, Id say try the Sunrace 46T Cassette. I think their newer stuff is way better than previous iterations.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jono View Post
    Just curious, did you do this timing on a steep hill? Speed can be deceptive in this, since flat ground needs more than a steep climb, step length changes, etc.
    I've paid attention to it in a bunch of situations. All fairly steep, since I'm not going to bother walking my bike unless it's a fairly legit climb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zion zig zag View Post
    I've been wondering about this, new smuggler came with a 30t chainring and eagle (50t). I'm coming off 4 years of using a 1x10 at 30tx40t. Is the new bike going to feel ridiculous, and should I switch out to a 32t chainring right away before I get used to the too easy?
    30 x 50 on a 29er isn't ridiculous. Ideally, I'd run that in the spring when I'm out of shape, then bump to a 32 once my legs have some pedal time. But I'm lazy, so I just run the 32 all the time and force myself to get in shape a little quicker.

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    I run 32 x 42 on my 29er (Canfield Riot, ~31# build, 1x10) and I thought I was a pussy for not running the 40.

    How times change.
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    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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