I bought a 29er in the dark last night (one of my better ideas). i got a few quid off ad the front mech was very stiff which i put down to it being sat a while and gammy cables.
this mornjng, leaving forvwork i clicked that the front rings are 22 and 44. is this usual as it seems a little much to ask the mech and chain to me?
what ratios do the fine people of single track reccomend for a 29er newbie? using it for xc racing but im not yet a strong climber so would pike the gears to help me there.