I'm working with a bike shop on a cyclocross bike. I like it, except the compact double gearing. I'm wondering if you all have any suggestions.
I'm not racing this thing, but I am climbing some single and double track (by riding, not running up on foot!) and a lot of hills. With my old bike, by the end of the day, I want to use the granny gear to climb, using 24x24 or 24x21 (with 26 inch wheels).
This new compact cross bike has a lowest gear of 34x27 with 27 inch wheels.
What are my options?
- go to a triple - apparently this might be expensive, most of the drivetrain would need to be swapped
- get a 13-29 cassette - cheaper, but still not quite as low as I'd like