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Old 04-23-06, 03:02 PM   #1
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50/39 users: What cassette range do you use in general?

11-21t
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11-25t (My personal fave- if you can find one!)
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12-27t
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Old 04-23-06, 03:23 PM   #2
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Do you mean 53-39?
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Old 04-23-06, 03:29 PM   #3
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I've got a 12-23, and I'm not a big fan of it...going to an 11-23, hopefully I'll have a little more top end oomph.
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Do you mean 53-39?
Oops! Yes, 53-39. Mods, help?
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For my 53-39, I run a 12/26. Its great because even on 10% grades I can keep my cadence around 70-75. The downside is that in the big ring I have to jump between my 19T, my 17T, and my 15T, so sometimes when I shift I wind up spinning my legs too fast or too slow for my liking.
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I have a 12x27 on my primary race bike. That gives me enough low gears to do long extended climbs. It might be nice to have something different so I can have an 11 for sprints or downhills. However , since this is my first season, I need to do more work on my climbing and my sustainable power before having an 11 on there will become an issue.
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12-23
11 is way too big for a sprint unless it's seriously downhill. most people overgear for a sprint.
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I've got a 12-25 now and its my only cassette. I'm looking to buy an 11-23 or a 12-23. I want the 11 gear for sprints, but I also want the 18 gear. I guess I can have it all when 12 speed makes its way.
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either 11-23 or 12-25.
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11 is way too big for a sprint unless it's seriously downhill. most people overgear for a sprint.
Yeah, even a 12T is probably overkill for most of us when it comes to sprinting. At 120RPM you'd be going 40mph.
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12-25. While an 11t would be nice for powering out of corners on those uberfast descents, I get a *lot* more tactical use out of the 25 in climbs. But you know as soon as Shimano starts shipping 11-25s this summer I'm all over them. Even if they are only 105-level at this point.
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12-25. While an 11t would be nice for powering out of corners on those uberfast descents, I get a *lot* more tactical use out of the 25 in climbs. But you know as soon as Shimano starts shipping 11-25s this summer I'm all over them. Even if they are only 105-level at this point.
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Personally I like either a Shimano 12/25 or SRAM 12/26
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11/21, but I live in Florida. I'd use an 11-20 if they made one.
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11/23 for most rides and flatter races.
12/26 for climbing courses.
11/21 for crits.
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11/21, but I live in Florida. I'd use an 11-20 if they made one.
florida? you could use a 11-13 three speed.
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This is fact? Where did you find this info, their website?
It was a tiny addenum in their 2006 product supplement with the new XTR stuff...it showed the new Tiagra levers (9-speed levers shaped like D-A, Ultegra and now 105 10speed! *heart*) and also 'mentioned' there'd be a 105-level 10-speed 11-25 cassette. I recently had a phone conversation with Shimano (for other reasons), asked as an aside when they'd be shipping them, apparently we should see them go out beginning to mid July.

This should also make a lot of guys running the new FC-700 compact cranks VERY happy, I'm thinking they're the market Shimano had in mind. But I have a feeling they're going to fly off the shelf into the hands of both compact and standard double customers alike.
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9-speed:

11 X 23 to race
12 X 27 for centuries, long mountain training rides, and recovery rides.

I like the 11 for the long descents around here but it's way over kill for sprinting imho.

I may go to a 12 x 25 for a nice allrounder.
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