I have been riding my new CAAD 10 for around 50days now and I have around 1300miles on it. I have the 3 setup, which is SRAM Rival with Force Carbon cranks. It is a really nice racing machine, the first real bike I have ridden. I ride with Speedplays and everything else stock, ie. (RS-10 wheels, Prologo saddle) I am a junior, and I have a 53/39 - 15-25 setup which is not really impressing me. I do a lot of climbing because I'm just good at it (125 pounds, 5''8.5) I was hoping another junior or knowledgeable person would have a better gearing setup, I think the junior rules at 6.73meters for rollout. I was thinking maybe like a 49/39 - 13-25 setup
I haven't raced my new bike yet, but I did a few crits in the 5 field and was able to get pack finishes, best being 10th. How important is it to have 53/39 setup if you have junior gearing going, drawbacks/downside?