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  1. #1
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    Jul 2005

    Don't know if this is a stupid question....

    Okay, I've been SS'ing since August 2009. and really happy about it too!!! One bike, a light Ti cross-country set-up, about 20lbs (kinda went weight weenie here...) but I decided to add another SS bike and got me an Evil Sovereign frame (already close to 2.5lbs more than my Ti frame) and I'm starting to build it now. With what I'm putting on it, I don't think it's gonna be less than 24 or 25 lbs. I'm geared 32X18 on my light bike. Should I gear "easier" (like 32X19) for a heavier bike??? I just don't know what the effect of a heavier bike will be on my ability to climb... oh, 26" bikes, I'm in the North-East, ride in Vermont sometimes, (but I'm from north of Montreal) have never shuttled, even during my 3 weeks trip in Colorado, if this means anything...

    Thanks for your input,


  2. #2
    Man up
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    Build it up minus gears and just use your old gears on your new bike to see if you notice a difference. Then buy accordingly.
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  3. #3
    Out spokin'
    Reputation: Sparticus's Avatar
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    Dec 1999
    No need to gear lower on the new sled. Use the same ratio on both bikes. IMO.


    We don't quit riding because we get old.
    We get old because we quit riding.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2004
    I live in CO and my ss is about 25lb, and I suffer with 32 x 18 on steeps. But it is my workout bike, so suffering is a given condition. Get on my epic geared bike and I can go climb all day.

  5. #5
    Ovaries on the Outside
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    Dec 2007
    Weight don't matter none.

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