I even get an answer that includes maths! Well impressed!Posted 4 years ago
My main concern is that 32 16 would be equivalent to something like a 32 14 on 26er and I’m pretty sure that running in that gear all the time would be quite gruelling…..
But then taking on board the cassette comment I agree that the change could/ should/ would be minimal(ish)tomlevellMember
I run 32:16 (52″ gear) on a 26″ bike with large hills (yes sometimes I have to walk)
I also run 35:17 (60″ gear) at work where it is flat with some shallow climbs or short steep stuff. I run (fast shuffle) the short steep stuff when I can’t climb it but that’s deliberate. Essentially the 60″ gear is great for this area and I don’t spin out. While it had cross tyres on making the effective gear smaller it got a bit too spinny in places as there are quite a few bits of tarmac I use.
Play with this http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/
I’d say go one tooth at a time and accept the extra costs. Although ask your friends and they might have cogs you can borrow.Posted 4 years agoSimpsanMember
I need the advice of any die- hard singlespeeders!Posted 4 years ago
I’m currently running 32-18 on a 29er for Midlands based riding.
TBH the gearing is generally ok but can feel a bit ‘spinny’ on the flat, so far for my riding the gearing has not been an issue climbing
As I don’t want to buy lots of rear sprockets how much increase of effort is there by dropping 1 or two teeth from the rear cog?
I.e. if I drop one tooth to a 17 will I really notice or would 2 teeth mean my legs fall off?rollindoughnutMember
I prefer to have to smash up hills and collapse at the top or dismount and run up them, than the frustration of spinning out on the flat.Posted 4 years ago
I’ve found 36/16 excellent on my hardcore hardtail and find that if it’s too steep to ride then generally my geared mates have dismounted before me anyway.
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