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 Post subject: Running only 8 speeds...
PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 3:57 pm 
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Anyone on here only run 8 gears?

I'm thinking of running the Pace on a 32t up front with either a 12 - 32t or 11- 28t 8sp cassette.

Anyone else run similar? How do you find it off-road?


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 4:03 pm 
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I've been thinking about doing this as it seems like a good compromise twixt gears and singlespeed.

Seems to me that a 32 chainring with an 11/28 cassette gives a ratio spread good enough to give you a good workout on the steep climbs but still pick up the pace a bit on the downhills. Drops a bit of weight aswell.


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my second bike had 8 on the back for ages and it works really nicely - got me up and down pretty much everything in the peaks. my first bike is a singlespeed tho! :D
i ended up running one of them nasty dmr front mech things tho to make sure there was no chance of the chain dropping.


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 4:40 pm 
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Time to dig oot the DCD's then!

Or you could run a new hope SS hub with a range of 3 sprockets :D


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rc300 wrote:
Time to dig oot the DCD's then!

Or you could run a new hope SS hub with a rang of 3 sprockets :D


Chain tension shouldn't be a problem, just run a shorter chain ;)

Plus i couldn't bare the noise of a DCD :)


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 6:23 pm 
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I changed the roller for a MRP one. Shhhh quiet :wink:


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i seem to remember having a loop of inner tube on mine :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 6:26 pm 
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Yup done that as well :lol:


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 6:29 pm 
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I've got a lovely dura ace rear mech sat around doing nothing so this weekend I'll convert the Zaskar to 8 soeed and let you know how it goes... I'll be your guinea pig :)

And yep, I ran inner tube on my DCD back in the day aswell!


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2007 6:50 pm 
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Tallpaul wrote:
i seem to remember having a loop of inner tube on mine :roll:



mine wore so much i replaced it with a cotton wheel infilled with epoxy resin ... not exactly light weight...nor quiet....nor infact functional, but it seemed like a good idea at the time.


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