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Old 07-11-06, 02:43 PM   #1
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XC Cadence for speed and efficiency

Interested to hear XC riders/racers ideas on cadence and pedal resistance that is best for speed and efficiency.

I am thinking mainly with racing in mind, but it of course applies to anyone who likes to go fast over XC...

Do you have the pedals turning pretty fast and try to keep the resistance lower or have a bit of resistance in the pedal and apply more power in the stroke ? What delivers the most efficient speed over XC courses..?
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I generally try to keep my cadence around 75 - 85 on the mountain bike. On my roadie I try to keep around 90 - 95 just for comparison.
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Cadence varies an aweful lot on a mountain bike depending on terrain, so it's hard to say. I would probably say that average cadence on my mtbon like a fireroad would be around 75-80. On singletrack it will jump around everywhere though and it depends on how well you can handle your bike and not how fast you spin the pedals.
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When i'm riding offroad on my cadence is fairly high (90-100rpm) . Most of the trails in my area are long climbs followed by long descents with very few flats that require pedaling. On my roadbike , my cadence is a bit slower (85-90rpm) using a 53x17 on flats.
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Interested to hear XC riders/racers ideas on cadence and pedal resistance that is best for speed and efficiency.

I am thinking mainly with racing in mind, but it of course applies to anyone who likes to go fast over XC...

Do you have the pedals turning pretty fast and try to keep the resistance lower or have a bit of resistance in the pedal and apply more power in the stroke ? What delivers the most efficient speed over XC courses..?
I agree with the other folks generally with respects to cadence. For power I find higher gears great when on nice rolling terrain. I can keep the rythym pretty well and keep my speed up and it's not too hard to keep up my power output. For very broken and very steep terrain I use my higher gears more conservatively so as to not spend myself too much so I can make the big climbs without getting off and walking.

You might want to get a cadence meter for yourself to keep track.
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If I get a chance to spin I would sit around 70 to 80rpm. That said I would rather have the ability to torque on command. And too easy a gear would not allow for that abrupt action on the trails I tend to ride.
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How many gears do you guys shift up when you switch from sitting to standing?

I usually shift up 2 gears for a little more resistance when I'm standing and honking. Same if it's the other way 'round. If I'm standing and I run outta gas, I plop my butt down and shift down a couple and spin a little faster.
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I don't really. I usually just end up spinning a little faster.

That said on dh I keep my gearing in as hard as possible. Allows for lots of torquing. Considering I don't sit down much there is only a standing gear.
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