SS MTB gearing?

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rice rocket
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I’m collecting parts for a SS MTB. Any inputs as to what’s good gearing around here? I’m closest to Frick Park, but would probably end up at North Park eventually too.

FWIW, I ride a compact 50/34 w/ an 11-28 on the road, and can/will climb anything in Pittsburgh (including the Dirty Dozen hills minus Canton Ave, although I haven’t tried with this gear combo yet).

Oh, this is for a 29er btw.


BradQ
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32×19,20,21 or 22 on a 29er. I run 32×17 on a 26″ wheel.


brian j
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What Brad said.

I run 36×18 on my 26″ wheeled SS. Mostly, I like it, but it can be a bit steep on longer climbs. I find it’s great for Frick, but on longer rides at North Park, I’d like a lighter gear, like the standard 32×16.


BradQ
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36×18 and 32×16 are exactly the same. I’m pretty sure you know that.


brian j
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Uh, apparently I do now. My gear foo is rusty.

EDIT: I am not crazy, I just misspoke: the SS is running 36x16, so those hills feel harder because of that, not because I’m weak like kitten.


that guy
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“32×19,20,21 or 22 on a 29er.”

This


rice rocket
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Thanks all. :)

Now, to find my unicorn small frame w/ sliding dropouts…


Aaron S
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I run a 32×18 on a 29er. Most everyone I know runs the same gear. I would suggest either a 32×18 or 19. A 32×20 at the lightest.

32×22 is way too easy of a gear for around here.

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