Cross riders – advice on gearing, please.
I run 38/44 and a 12/27 cassette and when racing I've only been undergeared a handful of times. Running bigger than a 44 might be nice on the road but unless you're one of the big boys you'll never use it in a race, so two chainsets might not be a bad idea.Posted 7 years ago
34 inner would be too small for my liking.leggyblondeMember
46/38 with 13-26 cassette for racing. Never use the top gear and I finish top 10 in the london league races.
Lots of people do keep their 50 outer but they don't get used much! Change the 50 for a 46. If you want to ride it on the road, a 46 11 is plenty big enough 99% of the timePosted 7 years agoSurfrMember
I'm thinking of putting a 34 in place of the 36 on my jake the Snake just to have something in reserve for those especially steep sections of trail or for the end of a long day in the saddle. I'm not that strong and can get up most stuff with the 36 but once or twice I've been left wishing I had a little left in reserve.Posted 7 years agoazaratMember
Sponge.Posted 7 years ago
I brought Nicks Scott cx from S/fork yesterday as a general training bike and it came with 34/48 rings. I intend on using it mostly on the back roads of Exmoor but with the option of some cross country when needed. I found a couple of years ago that with the hills we have surrounding us and the cadence acquired from cross country that a std road setup was a severe push on the legs. Ever tried riding up Whitefield hill or Porlock on a road bike? Give me a shout when your up for a ride.ColemanMember
Hope you enjoy the Jake – nice machine.Posted 7 years ago
Just an observation, but won't it be a bit of a faff swapping the big front chainring, as you will need to reposition the front derailleur each time.
Unless you are TDF fit, I would imagine a 46 big ring would be OK for most of the time, plus it's good to spin!
Azarat, haven't seen you or Snaps for ages. Are you intending to race your new bike too? I've found 50/34 compact has been ideal for North Devon road riding. Would definitely struggle up some hills on a 39 inner.
As for gearing, I'm intending on running the Jake as a road bike for most of the year, so no faff as I'll change the ring at the start of the season, then back to road set-up in December. 46 will be fine off-road, but too easy on.
On another note, is a carbon post a really bad idea on a cross bike?Posted 7 years agoyodaMember
I have a compact on my road bike 50/34 I think.I also have a 25 block on the back. The big ring gets used a lot and I'm not one of the top lads( I'm not slow either though).Posted 7 years ago
In summer when the ground is hard and open the the big ring gets used a lot, I am a grinder though, I like to push big gears and in a 50 min cross race it's not going to break you.
I would like a smaller inner ring and a bigger outer for the 3 peaks though.It's always too hard up hill and I spin out on the way into Horton!
In winter mud though I do consider a smaller outer ring and bigger inner ring than this a good idea.
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