Ask Prolly: Is a 9t Fixed Driver Really the Answer?

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Ask Prolly: Is a 9t Fixed Driver Really the Answer?

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I’ve gotten this question a few times since posting the Wheel Talk x Specialized P-Fixed. People are apprehensive about such a small tooth-driver on a fixed, asking if this is too much too soon? And now, with other companies talking about making 9t fixed drivers, I began to wonder: could a 9t fixed driver support the constant wear and tear of riding fixed?

The other day at Affinity, Ben and I were talking about it. Right off the bat, he showed me two torn drivers from a few months of riding on his BMX this summer. Ben’s a smooth rider and he’s also anal as hell about his bike (like most mechanics). He raised a good point: I wonder how long these 9t fixed drivers will hold up? Is a 9t Fixed Driver Really the Answer?

Check out some more photos below and feel free to comment!

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Would you want this happening to your fixed driver after landing a big gap?

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Or riding through traffic?

Seems pretty risky. What do you guys think?