Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Whittier, CA
Bikes: Specialized Roubaix
I would have suggested getting mid-compact chainrings for the front if you asked me first.
52x36 is the best of both worlds, and what I'm currently using. I have an 11-28 in the back but when I re-up some time in the future I'll probably get a 12-28 because frankly, I don't spin out till I'm > 40 mph and I don't really see the point, and I ONLY ever use the 11 cog on a big downhill.
I can go up some pretty steep hills with that 36/28 combo although a hill near me that is in the 13-15% range gives me heaps of trouble. (Cannon Rd going south from Imperial... I think it's technically still Imperial at that point for those of you in this area)
Anyway, good luck with your experiment!
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