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    Chainring Size w/ Compact Crank, and Wheel Questions

    Hey,

    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).

    Any thoughts?

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    Do you have a sense of what your race courses are like? Do you even need to run a double? What does the Crossbow come with? Do you tend to mash a big gear?

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    36/46 and 12/25 is a pretty common setup for cross, depends on the course, obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MONGO! View Post
    36/46 and 12/25 is a pretty common setup for cross, depends on the course, obviously.
    Yeah.

    If we want to talk about common setups, here's what I've been seeing the last 3-4 years (I can only speak to Shimano setups):

    46/34
    46/36
    46/38
    48/38
    39 single
    40 single
    42 single
    44 single

    A combo that has me intrigued me now that CW World is making smaller outer rings is 42/34 and 44/34.

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    Thanks for the responses.

    No idea what the courses are like, I'm in Salem, OR and will be racing in the NW (and nationals in Bend)

    Crossbow came with a SRAM S300 crank, no markings of chainring size, I'd say 38/46 though.

    I threw on my extra Red compact crank and was able to get a 46t outer ring from my LBS. I was hoping for a 42 or 44 since I'm working with a 34 inner ring, but we were unable to find any outer rings with 110bcd that were 42 or 44.

    I've only ridden cross once, and it was on a practice course. I've got my first race this Sunday, and I can already see the appeal of a single chainring up front. That said, we'll see how the race goes...

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    cyclocrosswold.com has 42 and 44 T outer rings:

    http://cyclocrossworld.stores.yahoo.net/thkoouch.html

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    go find a gear inch calculator and look at speeds around 60rpm in your smallest gear and around 90rpm in the biggest gear. If they cover the speeds you'll hit in a race then you're all set.

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