Gearing For A Crossmmuter
I am building a do-all Redline, and I was pondering what cranks and cassette. It seems to me that Using a 53/39 double up front would be great for commuting and recreational racing, and that a large cassette, like an 11-34 9 speed, would have enough low end to offset the high tooth count of the chainrings in trail climbing situations.
I'm not sure off the top of my head what the large chainring's tooth count is on my current mountain bike commuter, but I am pretty sure that it is 46 or 48, and I know I am running a 11-32 in the back, and I find myself spinning my wheels most of the time, and even when stopping at light/stopsigns, I'm not usually dropping more than 3 or 4 gears in the back to start up again.
Does this sound reasonable? Regular road cranks seem to be alot easier to come up on, and cheaper than compact cranksets.