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    Time to drop a tooth?

    I've been running 32x20 for a while and considering going down to 32x19.
    I don't spin out a lot, but feel that my cadence needs to be too fast on the flats. The downside of course is I live in an area with some decent climbs and technical sections.

    Think I'll even notice if I drop a tooth? I'm sure the amount I ride makes the bigger difference but I don't want to be wishing for a 20t on some of the climbs in the heat of the summer.

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    I have 32x19t through 22t and I change them out all the time. If you have sliders or horizontal drop outs it should be no big deal? ... experiment with it. One tooth does make a difference sometimes.
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    19t back on and 22t retired

    Fun in the backyard today. I feel the need for rolling hills speed!Time to drop a tooth?-fullsizerender-292.jpg
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    Thanks for the reply. I have a tensioner, which wouldn't be a big pain to switch assuming I don't need to adjust the chain length. But assuming I need to upgrade the cogs with each new chain, things could add up at $30-$60 per cog. So I think I'll just stick with the 20t for now (at least for the summer). Today was in the high 80's and Heat + hills + tough gear ration = quick fatigue

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    One tooth difference and you might be able to utilize the same chain.
    I will suggest to get a 32T Oval chainring and go down to an 18 sprocket.


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