I still have a few changes to make to get my bike back in working order. So far the effort I have been giving on these projects is to move me over to a 1 X 9 drivetrain. I really love the look of the bashguard, and I really want to remove the front derailleur also. I hesitate though, and also regress back to thoughts of putting the 1st cog back on the crankset just to have 2 upfront gears. But time will tell what works in which terrain. If I went to a park, I don't know that this will be a good choice. But I can quick put the other pieces cog 1 & 3 back on to this setup and rollout. Thoughts?
So I found this article today. Take a look, I believe it could be a natural evolution of the biking industry... right where I was heading.