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    Anyone running 42/32 chainrings

    Thinking of changing to this set-up - any thoughts?

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    May I ask what cranks you are considering that offer a 32t inner?

    (Most compact/cx cranks have a 110bcd, on which the smallest inner chainring is 34t.)

    As to your question, what benefits -- for what usage -- are you looking for in a 42/32 setup?

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    I thought Wickwerks did a 42/32 combo and possibly TA although 34 on the inside would be fine. Its more that I feel more comfortable in the outer chainring as this fits with my natural cadence but find myself well down the cassette with a horrible chain line. Very rarely if ever spin out. So, was thinking of minimising front shifting in races and trying to stay in the outer ring as much as possible. Just wondered if 42 was the way to go or a 44?

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    If you're always running in one ring, then why not roll a "ghetto" single ring configuration? Lots of people do this with no issues and there's tons of threads on this forum about how to do so cheaply / reliably.

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    Thanks but I prefer the added flexibility of a double ring set-up

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    Do you need that low gear?? what cassette are you using?
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    Quote Originally Posted by vitaly66 View Post
    May I ask what cranks you are considering that offer a 32t inner?

    (Most compact/cx cranks have a 110bcd, on which the smallest inner chainring is 34t.)

    As to your question, what benefits -- for what usage -- are you looking for in a 42/32 setup?
    Technically 33T but that's harder to come by

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    If the gearing makes sense for you, then do it.

    42/32 paired with a 11/32 cassette should work well for anything off pavement. I'd think a 42/11 tooth combo would be plenty of high gear 98% of the time on dirt, and the 32/32 low would be nice. I've run out of low gear a couple of times on brutal hills with my 33 (yes 33) chainring/30 cassette, and only run out of high gear 46/12 on pavement going down hills, where pedalling is a little redundant.

    I'm pondering a similar setup. 42/30 paired with a 11/28 cassette. Trying to balance decent range for gravel, and CX racing.
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    Im running a 46/34 with a 11-28 10spd cassette, seems to be just right for my needs. I live up in the mountains, my gearing works for just about anything I going to ride, traction limited. We have some very steep and loose trails, but with 35mm tires, i'd lose traction before i'd run out of gears. I use my 27.5 Santa Cruz Blur for those rides.

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    ultegra triple converted to a 42/30/bash guard with a 11/32 cassette Cool thing is you can get down to a 28 without any difficulty

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