Old school trance gearing

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Posted: Aug 13, 2019 at 3:08 Quote
A little guidance please Smile

I have an old 2015 giant trance 4 and the sprockets and chain are basically knackered. It has a 38/24t on the front and a 9 speed 12/36 on the rear.
I got into cycling from BMX so gears confuse me a bit Confused

I was thinking of simplifying it a bit by just having the one front chain ring and just the rear gears. But I have no real clue of what to actually buy. I tend to not use the larger front ring anyway. but I do find my self wheel spinning when climbing on the trails.

should I retain the 12/36 rear gearing and get a front sprocket with a few more teeth (like a 30t) or should I swap to a rear cassette with different ratios.
I mainly ride hilly trails both up and down nothing high speed.

if I did go for 30t / 12-36 cassette then what chain would I use? a 9 speed?

its an old bike so im not looking to spend a fortune on it but seeing as I have to get some new parts for it I figured I may as well see if I can improve it.



I can ride and am good on the spanners but don't know the technical side of mountain bikes (sorry)

Posted: 4 hours ago Quote
You can get an 11spd Shimano SLX groupset (shifter, mech, cranks, cassette) for really good deals at the moment.
Well worth considering it as an upgrade.

At the very least make sure you get a cassette that has an 11t high gear (not a 12 like you have currently).

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