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Old 02-22-05, 12:11 PM   #1
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How many teeth on the cog is enough?

I'm in the process of buying a new bike. I will use it mainly for commuting, but also on the country roads in the weekends. However, it's not gonna be a roadbike.

I've almost decided to buy Nishiki Hybrid 501. You can see it here (click on Hybrid 501). The only problem (?) is that the teeth on the front "cogs" are 48-38-28.

So my question to you pros out there is: Will 48 teeth on the biggest cog be enough? I have forgotten how many I had on my old bike (it got stolen). I don't need a road bike with 53 teeth, but at the same time I don't want to be disappointed. Experiences or thoughts, anyone?
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Old 02-22-05, 12:26 PM   #2
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What cassette is going to be on the back? Just about no matter what you put back there the 48 on the front will be plenty. I almost never ride on the 52 on my Marin and in fact took it off recently only running 42/30 on the front. 42-12 gets me over 27 MPH and for my commuter that is more than enough.
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Thanks Grasschopper, that sounds great. There are 8 cogs in the back, ranging from 12-32. So I guess I will be satisfied with 48-12 as maximum.
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grasschopper, the link says it'll be a 12-32 cassette. i just switched to an 11-32 on my bike (just to try out something new), and aside from losing all my midrange gearing (had a 13-25), i'm pretty excited about it. took it out for a brief spin to and from work yesterday and it felt great with my 48-38 rings. and some of the same gears that i used to ride in with my old setup felt much easier, like 48-16. would a long-cage RD make a difference? i should probably know this already, but i don't have any experience with long cage vs. short cage...it doesn't seem like it should matter, since they're both doing the same thing...anyway, back on topic...

i have 48-38 rings on my road bike, and the only time i'm wanting more teeth is when i'm going downhill and spinning out and probably shouldn't be trying to go faster anyway. i actually prefer the smaller rings in the front, because i can spin them easier, and i prefer to spin, rather than mash if i can.

in short, a 48T big ring in the front will be quite enough.
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New bikes are geared pretty well for the intended use of that particular bike these days.
What you have is good for a hybrid. If you decide you need to go faster in the future you can get an 11 tooth small cog in the back. A hybrid is harder to push at high speed than a road bike, thus a lower overall gear choice. If you get to the point of running out of gears at high speed, you probably will want a road bike by that time anyway.
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If I recall I can spin 19mph in a 32/11 gearing. I think so...I did it early today...that was at 76rpm *I think* don't quote me though.
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I have a 28/38/48 with a 12/28 cassette and it suites me for all everyday riding. On big downhills I just coast and if I go any faster it would be dangerous.
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