I'm a 6'6" 370 pound newbie riding a '12 Fuji Cross (and lovin' it, btw). The bike has a 36-46T up front and a 11-25T ten speed cassette in back. I posted my purchase of his bike here back in April, and while getting a lot of enouragement, one poster had this to say:
After riding a few months, I think this poster may be right. I would characterize my favorite route as rollers with a few mild hills - nothing major. I find myself riding most of the time on the smaller chainring (even on the flats) and in the lowest gear on most of the hills.I looked the bike up, and am a little surprised to see the gearing, a 36/46 crankset and 11-25 cassette. Seems a little steep for a novice on hills. You may want to look into a cassette with a 30 tooth or larger cog, that will give you some more gear on the hills, provided your derailleur has the capacity.
The current set up gives me 39.1 gear inches at 46/25. A 28T on the back would give me 34.9 and a 30T would give me 32.6. As a newbie I'm wondering if that's enough. What's your opinion? What's your lowest available gearing? What's the lowest you need? Do you think 32.6 would be enough for me? Are there any issues I need to consider in swapping out the cassette?
Thanks for your input.