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    Changing Front Rings...Is it worth it?

    I have some 36/24 2x 10 set up on my S-Works but I find myself spinning way to much in the Granny gear, I see that I usually spin a gear or 2 lower to the granny, so was thinking getting something like a 39/26 but would that be worth it or will be a waste with no prformance difference? anyone have tried this?

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    If you're not using the granny and it really bothers you then yes you can change your chainrings or you could switch to a cassette that has less range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allthatflash View Post
    I have some 36/24 2x 10 set up on my S-Works but I find myself spinning way to much in the Granny gear, I see that I usually spin a gear or 2 lower to the granny, so was thinking getting something like a 39/26 but would that be worth it or will be a waste with no prformance difference? anyone have tried this?
    Two questions:

    1- Do you never use you lowest gear ratio?
    2- Do you want more top end gearing?

    If the answer to either of these is YES, then it is worth it.

    However, if the answer to both of those questions is NO, then I would just wait until it is time to replace them due to wear.
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    Switch out the cassette to one with a smaller range, lots easier than changing chainrings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kapusta View Post
    Two questions:

    1- Do you never use you lowest gear ratio?
    2- Do you want more top end gearing?

    If the answer to either of these is YES, then it is worth it.


    However, if the answer to both of those questions is NO, then I would just wait until it is time to replace them due to wear.
    I do use but it when I am very tired or a really steep hill, but I have been dropping to the next cog and I seem to pull thru just as good. Yes to the top end...on flats I run out of push...I can't get the bike to go any faster, esp on Dh section when I want to pedal to get more speed I just spin with lil effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wishful Tomcat View Post
    Switch out the cassette to one with a smaller range, lots easier than changing chainrings.
    I was thinking the same but that 36 comes in handy on some of the climbs around here...like Turnbull Canyon

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    I was even contiplating on converting to a 1X10 using a XX1 front spider and rings...but in racing I don't know how that will effect eveyrthing....you either set it up to climb or to hit the flats.....this is all new to me

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    Convert to 1x10 if you dont use granny much. Mine is 32t ring, with 11-36 cassette, good fr turnbull canyon with cow trail loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by inter View Post
    Convert to 1x10 if you dont use granny much. Mine is 32t ring, with 11-36 cassette, good fr turnbull canyon with cow trail loop.
    Hmmm....sounds tempting...but what about in race conditions? I know I can swap the front rings I just don't want to under power myself with a to low of a ring. 32T at 36 how is that going up 7th st, up hill compared to the 24/36 I use now?

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    32-36 would be the same as 24-27. With your current setup the 3rd biggest gear in the back is probably a 28, so it would feel just a little harder to pedal than that. I never really felt when I was racing that I needed a really low granny gear, by the time it is so steep that you don't have a low enough gear you are probably better off pushing your bike anyway. I like having a really low gear available when I'm not racing, if I'm on some endless uphill slog I can push harder if I have a lower gear available to use if I blow up.

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    I see...good info

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    Changing Front Rings...Is it worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by allthatflash View Post
    I was thinking the same but that 36 comes in handy on some of the climbs around here...like Turnbull Canyon
    Try shifting on the rear. That is why the cogs are there.
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