I went with a simple 1 x 8 drivetrain that includes a Shimano cassette and Deore derailleur.
32 tooth chainring with a MRP chain guide up front makes for a really nice set up. Since I've been riding single speed for so long I didn't see the need for anymore hardware. I think the 1 x 8 will give me plenty of flexibility in a variety of conditions.
I'm looking forward to autumn and the coming winter. Hopefully Mother Nature will provide us with plenty of snow.
I have to give a special thanks to Gus one of our LBS's wrenches for taking an interest in this little project. I was even able to swap some parts in exchange for some of the new parts and labor. It pays to get to know your local wrench and treat them kindly. Cold beer also helps:)
Pre-chain guide photo...The Fat Boy is ready to roll.
Rather than race the Chequamegon 40 this weekend I'll be heading north this to visit with folks...Hopefully there will be some time for a ride:)