no_eyed_deer - Member
I do tend to find that I use the big ring a lot on my triple chainset. So, I guess my concern is, would I miss this lovely 44t big ring, once it's gone...?
The thing is, even if you're using the big ring, most of the time you're still within the gear range that a double will give- even with a wee 36T "middle" you only lose the very top 2-and-a-half gears compared to a 44T.
Good comments up the page about preferred ranges- I spend probably 4/5ths of my time in the 36T ring, it's low enough to do most climbs in comfort but high enough to pedal like **** on a downhill course, which wasn't true of the 32T middle it used to have... So, less shifts.
Oh and other benefits I forgot- less chainrings means less chain slack required, dual rings have better chain retention, and are quieter.