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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:03 pm 
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Anyone done this? It was meant to be all the rage this/last year, custom gears, cassettes made up of favourate cogs? and maybe even less cogs to keep weight down and chainline straight... ?

As part of my ongoing experiments I'm getting a DMR Trailstar2 for urban messing and odd commuting, and playing in the local woods etc, its a vertical drop out model so, SS is possible with tensioner or 4 or 5 gears to keep chainline straight and chain short. Thinking like either side of me SS 36-16 scenario. 20t, 18t, 16t, 14t or something.

Any thoughts or experience putting this together?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:24 pm 
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I am running 1 * 9 on my Intense with a 34 at the front and a modified front mech as a guide .


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:28 pm 
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i did think about building a 3 or 4 speed , but by the time i stick a derallier and shifter on it sort of defeats the porpose of loosing all that tat to start with


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 27, 2011 10:57 pm 
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I think thats what I wondered Mikee, but I've done SS, and since the frame isn't SS specific I'll take the Make-do SS fine tuning personal gear research and take it a step further, plus the chain should stay put more often. ideas really no risk if its not gonna get me lost in the middle of nowhere. :D

And Chris, I'm dead set on 1x9 on my all mountain Cotic seems like a winner though its got a 38ring. I think that's why I'm faffing with all the old bits. :D 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:07 am 
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Both my partners and friends on road mtb's run 1x4.
Better then SS as you can get going from a stand still, ride into a head wind and ride with a tail wind.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:47 pm 
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so whats the prefered 3/4 speed set up guys
what you running ratio wise and mech/shifter combo ?


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Good question. I have an idea what gearing I'll use based on what gets me up local hills on the commute bike (42-17), as i have a 36 ready to use, 16t rear should make a decent middle/perfect chainline gear...

What gets me then though is it best to get good shifts and break up a cassette for the gears or go separate for surefooted teeth? already got full-toothed SS 18's and 16's so maybe shifting would be a pig with these... :) probs.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 8:05 pm 
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i know a chap who runs 1x6 on his dh bike
has done for years
cogs are his favourite ratios (couldnt tell you what they are, but could ask him)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 10:30 pm 
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On my partners bike she is running a 32t front and on the rear running 11, 12, 13, 14t...
Using a short cage roadbike rear de and made the chain as short as possible.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 29, 2011 8:15 am 
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i run a 34/18 at the moment
so might add a 16 and 15 or so dependant on what i have
been thinking about mechs for this and wonder if the travel screws need
to be longer ,and if i can get away with just the one pulley and thus
shorter cage to keep the weenie theme
maybe even one of those slidey tensioners that i've seen somwhare
before

hmmmmm...


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