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  • stumpy01
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    I recently bought a Sora crank and because I dithered for so long, the 170’s sold out, so I bought a 175.
    I now get toe overlap on the front wheel….so perhaps check this before buying….

    Premier Icon sefton
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    seen a great deal on a 52/38 crank 177.5 length.

    currently ride a 50/34 / 172.5 length / 11-26 cassette.

    I live in and ride around the Pennines, so plenty of hills & I’m a bit of a spinner when climbing.

    would I die?

    even with a 11-27 or 28 cassette?

    Premier Icon sefton
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    anyone else?

    Premier Icon convert
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    Won’t die but probably a retrograde step.

    thomthumb
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    177.5 is long (ish) how tall.

    I’ve sold my compact, gone back to 53/39 & loving it.
    12-27 cassette at the moment but soon to be swapped to 12-25. I live on the Shropshireid Wales border so hardly flat & no way I’d go back to compact.
    177.5 does seem long though.

    slackalice
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    It’s inevitable that one day, you will.

    As for the affect of your planned crank changes, possible, but only if you include a 26er frame and 650b wheels in the mix. 😉

    Ecky-Thump
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    First time out in a year or so on my old road bike last night.
    39-52 and 13-23 cassette.
    Yes I nearly died. Even worse, I came very close to suffering the ultimate shame of walking up a hill!

    Premier Icon sefton
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    I’m 5 10″, yeah its the longest crank sram do. only 5mm longer than my current 172.5 and my MTB cranks are 175mm.

    Ideally I’d like a compact sram red with 172.5 or 175 but they are all full price. this one I’ve seen though is £165! worth a punt?

    Premier Icon sefton
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    …road bike Ian…thought you where MTB through & through? 😯

    thomthumb
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    i wouldn’t. I’m 5’11” and run 175 – which is borderline too long. I wouldn’t go up another size.

    STATO
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    You’ll be kneeing yourself in the chin with 177’s, or this being stw, your pot belly 😆

    Im 6ft4 and ran 177 for a while on the singlespeed, great for hills but struggled to spin. Back to 175 now and better all round.

    Ecky-Thump
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    …road bike Ian…thought you where MTB through & through?

    It’s been about a year since it was last out.
    Felt really alien not being able to sit and spin on the hills.
    Was shamefully slow though. 15.5 miles and 1000ft climb took me a whole hour 🙁
    More practice required methinks.

    Premier Icon imnotverygood
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    The crank is cheap because nobody wants to buy it..there’ll be a reason behind that.

    Premier Icon sefton
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    15.5 miles and 1000ft climb took me a whole hour

    good going that Ian! especially if you aint been on it for a while!

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