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Recreational Cyclocross and Gravelbiking This has to be the most physically intense sport ever invented. It's high speed bicycle racing on a short off road course or riding the off pavement rides on gravel like :The Dirty Kanza". We also have a dedicated Racing forum for the Cyclocross Hard Core Racers.

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Old 08-18-08, 10:41 AM   #1
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Single spees CX gear ratio?

I'll be racing CX this year on my Raleigh One Way. Right now I'm running a 39/16 on it and feel fairly comfortable on the trails I train on, but don't have any real experience actually racing w/this ratio.
For the record, I'm about 200lbs, so I think anything taller may be an issue.

Ideas? Input?

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Old 08-18-08, 11:48 AM   #2
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Gearing is a personal thing. Sounds like you are happy with what you have so keep on with it. You can always keep a 17 freewheel on the other side and switch.
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i hover around 2:1, which you're a decent bit taller than. did one race last year at 2.6:1 (forgot to put my freewheel back on the flip side) and placed about the same, but my body was hurting the next day.

i rarely find 2:1 to be too low, and on some sections i still have to run more than others.
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