Join Date: Jun 2004
Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
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Looks like a new crank and a 34 small chainring may work. Not a huge differnce (10%) but it would help.
I do like the somewhat closeness of the 38/46 right now, not a big leap.
The 38/46 works great for road (48 would be better) but for some of the steep and long sections of single tracks I ride I wish for a lower gear, I can get up them no problem with mtb gearing, but just not with 38-26. Thats one of the main reasons I've been turning around on singletrack, not the roughness, but the extended steeps (which are just too frequent to make shouldering worth it)
Anyway its not something I want to do right away, just thinking out loud. I much prefer and feel much stronger at high cadence (120) so I need to work on power and the ability to keep power going for longer dirt hills.