- Finding gears a bit to hard, can you get?
In that case, try some gentler grades, regularly until you get fitter. I live on the Calderdale side of Burnley which has some seriously steep climbs – I recently went 1 x 10 so my lowest gear is 32 x 36. It killed me at first but with a bit of practice and perseverence I can get up most things now that would have reduced me to 22 x 32.
And I am NOT the fittest person in the world either, it’s just about riding lots until you get better at it.Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
AFAIK you should be able to bung a 22t ring on the front but 22 -> 38 is a big jump so you may need a 36 big ring to go with it.Posted 4 years ago
the more usual 9spd setups gave
so you’re already in the middle of those
22×36 is 16.1″ pretty damn low.
But as others said you might be better off leaving it and getting fitter. Low gears are good for smooth steep trails but once it gets technical you want to be carrying more speed to get you up and over stuff.
That said I’m considering a 22/36 11-36 gear setup for a lakes bike.
I have just got a trek stache 8, and the gears it comes with are 38/24 Race Face front crank, an 11-36 Shimano 10 speed rear cassette,
Can you get a 22 for the front or something a bit bigger for the back, without compromising the shifting.
I can get up most things where I live but struggle on a fewPosted 4 years ago
I run 22/36 and it works fine. I do spin out on the roads but not often off road.Posted 4 years ago
The gears are piddley but that was a deliberate choice for 24hr solo and pedalling up mountains. Now I’ve done with those events for the year I’m planning to swap up to 24/38 for local stuff. When I get round to it that is….D0NKSubscriber
I do spin out on the roads but not often off road.
IME it’s actually pretty difficult to spin out 32×11 offroad on the flat*, but what you do miss out on is, when travelling pretty quickly, just putting in a couple of, stood up, low cadence pedal revs for a bit more speed in between rocky sections or corners (takes a while to spin up to >80rpm or whatever)
36 is the biggest I run at the moment not sure I need/want the extra speed of a 38, another reason is not having a 1:1 gear on the big ring means shifting to the smaller chainring a lot more often IME.
but everyone’s different.
*100rpm is 23mph, 120=27 pretty quick for flat xc, for none racers anyway.Posted 4 years agonbtMembermilkyman wrote:
I admire any one that can get up there on s/s, I struggle with my gearing, just got back from up there very dry makes a nice change
In all seriousness, try going SS for a while. When I got my first SS it was a couple of years before I first cleaned Linnet’s clough, I probably make it up clean about 1 time in 3 nowadays – more if it’s dry, less if I’m knackered. Might give it a go tonight if it’s nice and dry, then 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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