- Women of STW – what gearing do you run on your CX bikes?
Just bought a CX bike (yay!) & haven’t had a chance to rise it properly yet, but a quick blast round the block indicate I’m probably going to be over-geared. The rings are 38/46 & even in the ‘small ring’ the steep little access road behind our house felt pretty tough.
Obviously, I’ll go for a proper ride or two first but I’m thinking a 34/? is going to be more my cup of tea. Also wondering if a single ring might be more than enough for me since I won’t be racing.
Any thoughts/experiences? Particularly from other women?
Oh and cassette is 12-27 I thinkPosted 3 years ago
Ooh I like that idea crispycross! I’m quite keen to avoid spending more money at this stage when it’s all so new, though obviously I’d still need a new ring as I think 38 will be too big. Does she need to run a bash with it too? And does the standand ring keep the chain on Ok, even being ramped?
Also good to know that it’s not just me that finds my gearing a bit steep!Posted 3 years agobikehamsterMember
I run 50/34 with a 12-30 at the back. I use my CX about 80% on road so find the big ring at the front quite useful. However, if I was only (mostly) riding off road I could probably lose it as I tend to go straight to the little ring when I go off piste. They’re great bikes – love the ability to see a bit of a track or bridleway and think, “What’s down there..?” 🙂Posted 3 years ago
Cool. Do you reckon a front mech/chain device with just a normal ring would do the trick?
They’re great bikes – love the ability to see a bit of a track or bridleway and think, “What’s down there..?”
Yep, hit the nail on the head there, that’s exactly why I’ve gone for one. 🙂
My other two bike (mtb & road) are both ss so I think I’ll be happy enough with just 10 gears, even if I do spin out on the road a bit, most of the time, I hope to be at least on bridleways and the like.
Just trying to work out how to do it most cheaply and without taking things so far that I can’t easily put it back to stock, given that it’s all quite new and I may want to change the bike itself if I don’t get on with it for whatever reason..Posted 3 years agolegolamMember
I have 36/46 with an 11-28 rear cassette on my caadx. That’s got me up everything I’ve attempted so far, although I’ve occasionally wished for a 34T front ring on the occasional very steep hill. I found it a bit difficult to begin with but, as I’ve got fitter, I don’t think I’d change it now.Posted 3 years ago
I think that 36/46 and 38/46 combos are for proper CX racing.
Yeah, all the replies (thanks everyone) are definitely making me feel less of a wuss for wanting to change it after only one ride around the block!
My Boardman CX is 50/34 with an 11/32 cassette which is pretty versatile for general on and off road
Yep, that’s my other option as I’d ideally like 165mm cranks anyway, so I’m wondering about just changing the whole chainset. Only worry is persuading the husband! 😉Posted 3 years agoMidlandTrailquestsGrahamMember
I bought my Tricross off a fairly fast woman CX racer.
It’s got a triple on the front. Without going ouside and checking, I’m pretty sure it’s standard MTB gearing; 22/32/42 x 11-32.
I’m a big strong bloke and a single speeder too, and I rarely use the big ring. Never off road and only when I’ve really got it wound up on the road.Posted 3 years ago
I tend to only use the small ring because it’s there as a bail out gear well.
I’d probably manage fine 90% of the time on 1×10, 32×11-32 or similar.
Thanks guys, this is really helpful. Maybe even a 34t might be tougher than I need then? Having said that, I am pretty light so not a bad climber, and do have some good racing Ralph’s, which cane on the bike. But yeah… Certainly the more I read on here the more I think 1 x 10 will do me.
Think I might start by trying to find a cheap 34t ring & take it from there…Posted 3 years ago
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