Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: St Peters, Missouri
Bikes: Catrike 559 I own some others but they don't get ridden very much.
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Originally Posted by Turboem1
well i bought a triple and i hear people say doubles are better and have smoother shifting. I am just seeing what is involved in case i do decide to change, which i most likely wont.
So honestly, how often do you shift your front derailleur? That's the upper limit on any performance improvement that you can realize. Depending on where and how you ride, you might go for hours without making a front shift.
Balancing that is the loss of gear ratio range - usually the easier hill climb gears. If you never use the granny gear, it might not matter to you. If you ride steep hills, even occassionally, it might be a biggie. Nobody else can tell you what gears you need.
Relative to actual front shifting crispness, currently I've got a triple on my tandem and a 50/34 compact double on my road bike. I used to have a conventional 53/39 on the road bike. Honestly, I've not been able to sense much shifting performance difference among them.
A double crankset will buy you a few coolness points, but you'll have to do the complete factory conversion to get them.