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DeBloot

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There are plenty of wide range 11 speed (and even 10 speed) cassette options from Sunrace (cheap) or Garbaruk (light and expensive), just to name a few, that work with standard freehubs. So there's really no need to go to either microspline or SD for most riders.
Don't want to derail the original thread - was going to start my own as my drivetrain wore out
But briefly, problem I've found is that at 42t with a goat link, long derailleur and b screw the size of a roofing bolt :p i'm already maxed out
To go to 11 @ 46t (if possible) still requires new everything (except hub) for not a lot of gears
The moment I put on my 10 speed it seemed we went directly to 11 and now we're at 12.
I don't upgrade much - less now with the increased costs - so want to have maximum range to help with my clapped out legs and lungs
 

ozzybmx

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want to have maximum range to help with my clapped out legs and lungs
If you can fit a direct mount ring, go smaller on the front, I run a 28t on the front of my Evil, 28:11 still gets moving at nearly 40kph on a brisk cadence, thats fast enough on any trails 99% of the time... and 100% of that, gravity is going your way too.
 

slimjim1

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If you can fit a direct mount ring, go smaller on the front, I run a 28t on the front of my Evil, 28:11 still gets moving at nearly 40kph on a brisk cadence, thats fast enough on any trails 99% of the time... and 100% of that, gravity is going your way too.
Exactly...If you are regularly maxing out a 28T on a 29er, or a 30T on a 27.5...you need to spend less time on fireroads.
 

slider_phil

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You'll be able to pick up cheap 11spd stuff no worries. Even if you find a cheap 11spd Sram derailleur and shifter, it will work with any 11spd cassette that fits on a standard freehub. All the 11spd derailleurs go to a 46t no worries. Shimano 11spd stuff is awesome. Pretty sure you can pick up brand new SLX for a couple of hundred.

Be sure to check with the manufacturer or a linkage analysis site when changing chainrings as the suspension is usually designed around a certain size (30-32 these days) and going smaller/larger can affect peddling/suspension performance. For example on one end of the spectrum, the new Canyon Lux is designed around a 34t since they figure most people buying an XC race bike will be pushing a bigger chainring.
 

DeBloot

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If you can fit a direct mount ring, go smaller on the front, I run a 28t on the front of my Evil, 28:11 still gets moving at nearly 40kph on a brisk cadence, thats fast enough on any trails 99% of the time... and 100% of that, gravity is going your way too.
Exactly...If you are regularly maxing out a 28T on a 29er, or a 30T on a 27.5...you need to spend less time on fireroads.
Sweet Jesus - I didn't consider that - I thought it would be too much of a loss
It's a 32t with a 42t rear and it's 26'' (yes, you read right)
I could keep the 10 speed (which I'd rather) and go down to a 30t and not lose too much?
It's not a fireroad bike but when it is they are steep and long and go upwards
 

creaky

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It's a 32t with a 42t rear and it's 26'' (yes, you read right)
I could keep the 10 speed (which I'd rather) and go down to a 30t and not lose too much?
Changing to a 30t from the 32t would be similar to having a 45T cassette with the current 32t
 
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