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comment What's a good, reliable mountain bike drivetrain (1x10?)
Interesting! I've heard mixed reviews of the Shimano Alfine series, which seem to be the main competitors. They are said to be an incredible option for a commuter bike, but I have heard that they cannot really stand up to a lot of super-steep out-of-the-saddle climbs, especially with a heavy or fully-loaded rider (I'm probably 200+ pounds when I strap on my backpack for a muti-day trip). But the mud-resistance of an IGH is really appealing since I like to ride in all conditions. More research is needed!
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Yeah, I wish a clutch 9-speed derailleur did exist. Some folks are using shimano 10-speed derailleurs with sram (9 speed?) shifters and claiming that the cable-pull mismatch actually makes it work okay, but the shifting is not perfect. I guess I should go ride a bike with a clutch derailleur and see how big the difference is.
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Thanks for the comments! I agree that you can do big trips on cheap gear. I rode a 3x9 X7 drivetrain for a few years and it did get the job done. But there were a lot of dropped chains, broken links, bent cogs, and once the thing got a little bit muddy, the chain starts skipping like crazy. This is why I went singlespeed in the first place. :) I was hoping that some of this would have been fixed in the last few years. We shall see!
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Also, you say run 1x9, but that clutch derailleurs are a good choice: is there a 9 speed clutch derailleur? Or were you simply recommending 1x in general? And have you found that some clutch derailleurs are better than others? Regarding the bashguard, I consider it mandatory for my style of riding. Mine is very beat up (it hit it several times every ride) and I have cracked several plastic ones before getting a metal one. Also, for a 1x setup, I think that it's good to run a bashguard to make sure the chain doesn't fall off the outside.
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Thanks for the suggestions! I didn't realize that the "narrow-wide" chainrings had proliferated outside of the sram XX1 drivetrain. This is very exciting since they are said to hold the chain much better, and this one lets you run a 30 tooth chainring where normally only a 32 tooth would fit. Good news for me, because I was just thinking that I would like an easier gear that 32x36. pinkbike.com/news/…
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Good point about the internal gear hub! A few friends have these and they seem pretty sweet for epic rides. I'm guessing that in 10 years, we'll see a lot more internal hubs on mountain bikes. But, from what I've read, currently only the Rohloff hub can really stand up to the abuse of a multi-day mountain bike ride, and it's something like $1,400 and needs an expert to service it. I like the idea that I can replace chain, cassette, and chainrings before a big ride. But an IGH is certainly something I would consider when I have a big salary! :)
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