Old 08-13-2012, 06:37 PM   #1
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WHat ratios are you running on your road bikes? I brought over my bike from Oz and struggle with the climbs (26th way too steep, low cadence up Cypress). I run non-compact chainrings at the moment. Gear down or harden up?

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Old 08-13-2012, 08:16 PM   #2
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Unless you're a racer, run a compact crank or a wider range cassette w/non-compact crank.

I ride Seymour frequently and run a compact with 26T or 27T cassette, which gives me one or two bailout gears.
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:26 PM   #3
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Possible thread hi-jack, but may be useful to the OP.

I've got 52 & 39 chain rings with a 7-speed 11/28 cassette. I rarely use the 52 riding around North Van, but can get up Seymour and Cypress without too much grinding. Sadly, I don't see myself getting a new bike with 9 or 10 speeds anytime soon, so I've often wondered if I'd be better off switching to a compact setup to get a bit more range out of my 7-speeds. I'd harden up, but that hasn't been working out since I had kids.

Thoughts / suggestions on converting to a compact?
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Old 08-13-2012, 09:31 PM   #4
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I'm running a 50/34 compact chainring and an 11/25 10 speed cassette. I too struggle on steeper North Shore hills so I am about to try out an 11/28 cassette. Hopefully the transitions on the gearing won't feel to clunky.
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Just get yourself an 11-28 cassette, cheaper than buying a new crankset and it gets me up pretty much everything on the Shore except the steepest stuff in the BP's (Highland Dr). I am a full on weekend warrior, ride my road bike maybe once a week on average.

You will "harden up" quite quickly if you start doing those climbs with the bigger cassette.

PS. I used to do them all with an 11-25, doable, but too much suffering for me.
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Old 08-14-2012, 12:02 AM   #6
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Short cage derailleurs will swallow a 30t big cog if the chain length is set up right, but yeah, out of the box, every single manufacturer tends to overspec bar width and gearing.
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How many speeds do you need?
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With my current gearing, I typically only use six, all on the 39. I'll have to spend some time with one of the online gear calculators to figure out how a compact setup would compare. Having a front shift in the middle of a nice gearing would be a PITA.

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I did some cog counting last night - I am running a 39/25 low gear. I think I'll get a 12-30 or 11-30 and try that with my current cranks.

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I have finally settled on what appears to me as pretty much the perfect all around set up

50/36. Up front
12-27 in the back.

I love this set up.
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With my current gearing, I typically only use six, all on the 39. I'll have to spend some time with one of the online gear calculators to figure out how a compact setup would compare. Having a front shift in the middle of a nice gearing would be a PITA.
I guess you are on Shimano? If you don't want to change the crank, then put on an XT rear dérailleur and you can go to 30 or 32 tooth cogs.
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I just added a compact on to the road bike this season, goes nicely with the 12/27 cassette. What a relief!
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I installed my new Shimano 105 11/28 Cassette, I farkin love it, steep hills feel like back in the day now, shifting is flawless from an 11/25, no RD adjustments required. ftw.
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Just get yourself an 11-28 cassette, cheaper than buying a new crankset and it gets me up pretty much everything on the Shore except the steepest stuff in the BP's (Highland Dr). I am a full on weekend warrior, ride my road bike maybe once a week on average.

You will "harden up" quite quickly if you start doing those climbs with the bigger cassette.

PS. I used to do them all with an 11-25, doable, but too much suffering for me.
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My road bike has a 12-27 on 34/50 and my DH bike has a 11-23 on 38. Something is wrong there. I think I'm gonna swap the cassettes, even though I like the easy climbing gear on the road bike. I'm not a huge fan of the 16 tooth jump up front but the 34 bailout is nice...
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