I read the 10/27/05 posts in this fourm from folks with a compact crank. I'm currently considering one and wondered if those who posted two years ago as still happy with the compact (or, folks who didn't post but are running one.) My biggest concern is what I've read about the sometimes difficult front shift. I hate throwing chains. Currently I'm running a 52/39 and 12/25. I can deal with most hills in our area pretty well, however, toward the end of longer rides (i.e. 60+ miles) some hills really take it out of me. I've found myself trying to figure out how to re-route some rides to avoid some hills, a practice in which I really don't want to engage. My LBS says they can swap out my current FSA Carbon Pro for the same thing in the compact for less than $150. So any input folks?