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    crank size. (roadie content)

    OK. Don't shoot me this is about a road bike. I'm 6' 4" and 208 so I guess it's good for Clyde forum. I'm both tall and 200lbs +. Thinking of getting a compact crankset 50/34. I like rides with lots of climbing and have always used a 53/39 paired with a 27-12. This combo has worked for years, but I would like to spin up some of the climbs instead of grinding them out. With the compact I would use a 25-11. I don't race anymore but still ride 500 miles a month. Any other riders my size try a compact and like it?
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    I have a compact and love it man. Im 6'8 285 now my wheels hate me but I love the compact.
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    Big fan of the compact. In addition to lower gearing it makes shifting pretty simple. You are basically always in the big ring except on long or very steep climbs.

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    I'm subscribing just because I've got some thoughts to throw a compact crank on my cross bike.

    38/45 gearing on an 11-28 cassette works pretty well for mixed commuting and trails but I could go for a slightly lower gear offroad. Onroad I've never really wanted a lower gear but I dont ride mountains yet.

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