I rode up Lookout Mountain (Golden, CO) the other day and I noticed that I was running out of gears on a couple of the steeper spots with my 11-23, compact crank. I plan to do a lot of hill climbing this year - Mt. Evans, Lookout for training, Flagstaff, etc. I'm choosing between:
My main question is about Mt. Evans and I haven't ridden up it yet. Would the latter choice be overkill? Given I ride a compact crank it seems kind of granny, but like I said I don't have a lot of experience on these climbs.