Hey! Duster...Using a 39 rear do you find yourself more centered around 3rd gear in the woods...and using a 38 rear more centered around 2nd gear in the woods or tight areas...???
Well man... I look at my detailed gearing sheets with all specs and speeds....
And I can't really quantify what I am feeling from any of that.
So I can't really give an explanation with any sort of data like that.
In reality of the data, 14/39 falls about dead between 13/38 and 14/38.
It's closer to 14/38 than it is to 13/38 though... instead of 1/2 way down, more like 1/3...
However, the feel is not so much like either, which does not make a lot of logical sense.
To me, 13/38 makes the gear lengths even more annoyingly short, and it's only bearable for a leisure type ride. Try to get a little spunky with it, and it just pulls so hard it's like an arm stretcher. It's tiring and a hand full and loses a lot of traction in dirt.
But 14/39 doesn't really seem to do that. And somehow it really seems like it's an easier ratio for the engine to work with than even 13/38. Seems easier to put it in 1st and chug up a technical hill climb, and easier to loft the front end with a smooth motion to hop a big log. Yet it doesn't have that exhausting pull.
It seems to have more balls, yet delivered smoother.
I can't see an explanation for it in the data though.
I am going to try 15/39 next... I think I'll like that too for riding hard and fast.