Someone needs to tell Morgan that you can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. Anyone who's still running a front derailleur is either:
- A grainy old XC dude who legitimately needs more gears for his casual 100 mile rides.
- Someone who sucks at going downhill and(or) thinks he's going "as fast as you can go."
- So stuck in his rut that he religiously buys Miller Lite over Coors Light because he honestly believes "it has a smoother finish."
- All three of the above people in one being; the "unholy trinity" if you will. You might know this person as "Your uncle," "that one guy that always comes into the shop," or "Tinker Juarez."
None of those 4 types of people could possibly give a shit about Morgan Taylor's gear-inch calculations
But first a little background into where little ROBOTs come from. I started riding because of this:
Then I started doing this:
Now I also do a lot of this:
Between dirt jumping and downhill, front derailleurs were never an option. Around 2012 when I was building up my first trail bike I called Lars Sternberg and asked if I'd be happy with a front derailleur. He said "No," and I haven't run a front derailleur since. When I meet people who still choose to run a front derailleur this is what I think about:
And when I hear people like Morgan Taylor talk about 28 tooth single rings this is what I think about:
And another thing. If you're running any of these setups:
- A 28-32 tooth chainring
- A 10-42 cassette with anything less than a 38 tooth front cog
- Any sort of "one-up" 40 or 42 tooth cassette abomination
Nothing you do can ever be referred to as "grinding" "pushing" or "turning over a hard gear." It's called "pedaling."
If somebody still knowingly chooses to run a front derailleur, your little graphs and calculations aren't going to change their mind, Morgan. That's like trying to bring actual medical research into a discussion about gluten. Ain't nobody got time for that shit.