- New chainring: 32, 34, or 36t?
i assume you have one of them sizes already.
do you spin out a lot and find you never use the lower gears? get something bigger
do you find you struggle up hills and never use the smallest on your cassette? get something smaller.
not to sound like too much of a nob but its pretty dam logical.Posted 8 years agothomthumbMember
36 will give you a bigger spread of gears (obviously) – you may find yourself in the granny ring and halfway down the casette more than with a 32.
i was thinking of changing my 36 for a 32 because on some undulating trails i seemed to be changing rings more than usual. although i have since changed my dodgy rear mech and now have gears that work better. and don’t fid it an issue.
2 rings seems a better set up imo, one for up one for down.Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
I use 22/36/ bash. 32 I find too low – spins out too easily. 36 I can spin to nearly 30 mph which is fast enough for me.
with the 22/ 36 bash option there is a big jump when you change down to the granny ring – I find I tend to change down to the granny ring and up a couple on the cassette. I also find I use granny 1-5 and the whole of the 36.
The other issue is some hills that I could climb in a 32 ring I need to drop to granny for now. I use an 11-34 casstte
Overall I like the 22/36 / bash set up – gives me all the gears I need.Posted 8 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
I top-out on flat and downhill roads but nowhere else. I usually find myself climbing a ludicrously steep trail in the bottom 3 gears then free-wheeling down the other side, only pedalling when the speed drops on any flatter bits. So it’s OK. I imagine if you have routes with more linking road bits, a 36 ring would be noticeably better. I’ll be putting my 44 ring back on for the South-West Randonee because there is a lot of fast road bits.Posted 8 years agoRestlessNativeMember
22/36/bash and 11-32 here for the last 2 years. As pete says do the maths and its almost the same range as a triple apart from top.
I dont find the big drop much of an issue really, you just get used to it. Sometimes I’ll do as Jeremy said and shift one down at the back too.
Far less spinny than a 32Posted 8 years ago
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