I plan on doing some hill climbing races next season and will be building up a new bike just for the races. These races run from 3 – 12 miles with average grades of 12%. I will be racing against myself with the only goal of finishing.
I would like to buy a road frame with a standard 68 mm English threaded BB. My hope is to use a 24 or 26 chainring with no front derailleur (or could run a standard MTB triple) and an 11 -34 cassette with a Deore rear derailleur. Are there any specific suggestions on configurations that would work?