Building up an older bike for cx. Last year I ran a 36/46 chainring set, and a 7 speed 14/28 freewheel.
This year I think I will just put a compact crankset on so it will be a bit better for road riding, then just use the 34 while doing singletrack, or dirt/grass type stuff.
My question is what 8 speed cassette do you think I should go with? I really don't need anything with an 11 on it, a 12 is still pushing it unless in a paceline on the road. But with a cassette I can get a 30 or 32 big cog and not sure which I would like best. Last year there were only a handful of times I would've liked a lower gear than my 36/28. Some was on mnt bike singletrack, and the real killer was a long gradual rise with tall grass on the last race coarse I was at.
Anyhow, just looking for some input.