I signed up for the Mt. Washington hillclimb this summer and am wondering which bike to use. The mountain is a 12% grade for 7.6 miles.
My default is a Spec Roubaix, currently with a 30/28 low end though I can make the front ring a 24 to get to the 1:1 ratio.
I've been wondering whether a folder might climb equally well or even better given the smaller wheels, which I find are generally easier to get going. In the folder department, I have two to choose from:
'06 Xootr swift with stock setup (flat bar, 406 wheels, currently 40/28 low end).
'11 Xootr swift with drop bars, 451 wheels, currently 40/26 low end.
Thoughts on climbing with the smaller wheels? Of the two folders, I might use the older one as I leave my hands on the tops for climbing anyway, and it's easier to swap in a wider cassette (the 451 has a capreo hub).