My currnet road bike is a Felt f90 with Ultegra 9 speed (12 - 25) rear cluster and a triple front set up.
I am training for the SF -> L.A Aids Charity ride for 2008 and After a training ride along the CA coast this weeekned I am looking to add some hill climb gearing. (these 50 year old legs just couldn't keep up with my 25 year old mind even in first gear ).
I have seen mountain bikes with what appears to be a seprate climbing sprocket (40 tooth ????) ... would it be possible to loose the 12 tooth bottom gear and add the monster climber on the inside of the remaining gear stack i.e make it a 13-40 ???? What about RD... it is a long cage triple..... will that have ample capacity for the large rear sprocket as long as I stay off the midle or outer front chain rings ???
Thanks in Advance