Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Boulder CO
Bikes: Surly Cross-Check, Zion 737, Puch SS Conversion
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Compact Crank for my Cross Check
I finally pulled the trigger on a cross check frameset from my LBS. I'm planning on this being my do-everything-that-my-road-bike-doesn't bike. I'll use it for commuting, light touring, and foul weather riding, but it will probably spend most of its time on the many dirt and gravel roads around Boulder, and maybe some mild singletrack. I also will use it for the occasional local cross race (I know the CC is a tank, but I just do it to have fun and to get muddy. Plus, it'll be way lighter than the mtn bike I race on now).
So my question is what crankset should I get? I'm planning on going compact as I have bad knees and prefer spinning to pushing the big gears. My budget for the crank is $200 but would be FINE with spending less (I'm a poor grad student). I'm leaning towards the Ritchey WCS Compact. Does anyone have experience with this crank? It comes as a 34/50 setup. Can I throw new rings on there during the summer when I'm mostly in the dirt and make it a 36/46 without front derailleur complications (probably will run the 105 FD I have sitting in my parts box)?
Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance.