« on: April 19, 2012, 02:07 pm »
I have been rocking a SS for almost three years now starting with a Kona Unit, then a GF Rig, and now a belt drive Raleigh XXIX; all 29ers. I generally run a 34x18 ratio on my rides but still tend to spin out on the flats which is crazy annoying but I know going to something of a 34x17 would be a bit much on the hills. Unlike Dave I do run at least front suspension with a Rockshox Reba Race with poplok which makes the sucker climb like a damn billy goat.
Overall I don't see myself getting back into a geared mountain bike anytime soon. I gave SS a whirl for cyclocross and road and the cadence is just too high and hills are a lesson in futility so I run gears on those. All in all it takes some time to know to ride a SS as well. On down hills are at the base of climbs you don't just coast it out, you're hard into the pedal spin and use the momentum for all it is. I also tend to put the longest handlebar I can reasonably manage on it with it feeling like I'm driving a hand truck, makes for very nice torquing with the upper body on the climbs and sprints.
Lastly the belt drive is awesome but also has its issues, most of those fixed with version 2 of the gates belt drive system. I may end up back to chain and gears next year for the simple fact that its cheaper and proven time and time again. If aint broke don't fix it; the belt drive novelty has generally worn off for me. I hope this helps anyone thinking of riding SS this year.