My CX rig runs a pretty standard 46/36 but I'm seriously considering swapping it for a compact 50/34 and wanted to get your thoughts. I'm just looking to maximize the utility for cross racing, trails, and road riding and it see the 50/34 may work better all around.
First, when I race cross, I'm usually always in my 36 except for rare occasions on a flat, fast course. So, I don't think a 34 would be much different. I use my CX bike for road riding too(not racing) and sometimes feel the 46 isn't high enough. I was also thinking that the 34 would help with the steep rolling hills I have where I live on the road and maybe even in races up those gnarly inclines.
I don't want to sacrifice anything for racing, so do you think I could use the 50/34 for racing?