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Help me understand compact gearing
I apologize in advance for my ignorance on this topic.
Over the winter I bought a carbon crankset for my Poprad. Looked cool, was carbon, weighed less than my existing crankset, and had similar (so I thought) chainrings -- the original Poprad (Bontrager) rings were 46/38, the FSA rings are 46/36. The FSA crankset I bought and installed is a compact crankset. I had no idea what that meant when I bought it. After one ride on the flats, I realized I was missing gearing on the high end.
My question is, how off am I now, and what might I do to get back to where I was? I have two wheelsets, a cross set with 12-25, and a road set with 12-26. I thought the gearing was perfect then. I climbed well with those setups, rarely dropping to the 38 when climbing, and I live in CO (which makes me wonder if I'll ever use a compact 36) so I'm worried that I screwed up by unknowingly going to a compact crankset.
So do I need new rear cog clusters? Or get bigger rings for the compact crankset?
Last edited by KeatonR; 05-31-07 at 11:04 PM.