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Save Money, Climb Easier, Descend Faster With OneUp

Squamish-based OneUp Components makes aftermarket bits that extend the life of your existing drivetrain. Ryan Dunfee

So you just dropped an ungodly sum on your sweet new bike. It's got a top-level SRAM drivetrain, and you're mashing the trails with your awesome setup, making the parking lot jealous and shaving the grams with your blinged-out components.

Then a couple months later, after grinding up countless climbs, the aluminum granny gear wears out and starts skipping. The rest of the cassette, built out of steel, is totally good to go, but now because of one fucked-up gear, you're looking at dropping over $400 to replace the entire cassette and a part of your bike that is not a sweet new set of rims or a new fork. Gaaaaah!

OneUp's 44-tooth replacement granny gear will extend the life of your pricey top-level cassette. Ryan Dunfee photo.

In steps Squamish-based OneUp Components. Instead of $400, pay $90 to replace just the granny gear with of their press fit aluminum ones that offer an even bigger 44-tooth bailout gear. They're well-designed, work well, last long, and save you over three quarters the cost of a new cassette. With the price of bikes and their fifty million components these days, that's big money.

OneUp's chainring options are well-built and can fit a number of different drivetrains. Ryan Dunfee photo.

If you're a racer with #squadgoals or just insist on achieving top speeds pointed downhill, you can also drop another $40-70 on a larger chainring from OneUp – I got a 34-tooth cinch direct mount chainring – and expand the range of your gearing to have more top-end speed. Being someone who prides themself as an expert intermediate middle-of-the-pack enduro racer, I put in the bigger chainring and got gearing that allowed me to go faster on the downhill while having more or less the same feel and climbing ability in the granny gear. 

OneUp also makes a couple other fine bits of aftermarket drivetrain components, from chain guides and bash guards to derailleur cages and cassette sprocket clusters for mixing up the range of your existing 10 or 11-speed cassette. With the serious investment you're making in your bike, it's nice to know there's affordable ways to keep it running in top shape.

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