Join Date: Oct 2007
Bikes: Klein Palmino, Litespeed Sienna
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Chainring Size w/ Compact Crank, and Wheel Questions
I have recently become the owner of a Ridley Crossbow (yay me), and I am absolutely in love with the machine. I have a few go fast bits that I'd like to install, but I'd like some opinions first.
I have an extra Red compact crank. It's got the 50/34 combo. I was assuming that the Crossbow would have a compact crank and I could simply switch the rings, such is not the case. What is a good ring combo? Can I keep the 34 and swap out the 50, or do I need to ditch both and run the typical 38/46? The cassette is a 12/25.
For wheels it comes with some seemingly bombproof fulcrum racing rims. I have some leftover Real Designs Ultrasphere rims from my Litespeed. They are 20/24 spoke, same as the Fulcrums, and weigh much less too. I have read about some people having problems on the road with the Ultraspheres, and others not. I've got a couple thousand miles on them and they're fine, but I don't want to destroy the wheels during cross (I could sell them for some coin and build up a set of tubulars, rather than make more scrap).