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kmanpfk 12-09-13 12:01 PM

SS Noob Questions
 
Have been riding cross for about 5 years and thinking of converting a steel frame bike to SS cross.

several questions:

given the off road rigors - any preferences for steel vs. carbon

whats a typical gearing set up?

i'm 6/3 175, 55, and a pretty average rider

Andy_K 12-09-13 12:07 PM

Are you building this for racing or just riding around off-road?

What's your plan for chain tension?

fietsbob 12-09-13 12:23 PM

Somebody already posted the 'what is your favorite CX SS gear ' thing.. seek it out.

kmanpfk 12-09-13 12:27 PM

mostly for tooling around my local trails. some hills, some roots and logs, and a few stream crossings.

i have a bianchi steel road bike converted to SS and use the Surly Singleater chain tensioner. it works fine and i'm enjoying it

might race but mostly for fun

palu 12-23-13 11:02 PM

I think it just depends on your local terrain. Just start with the traditional 42x17 and go from there. Or just go with what you got to see if it will work.

ThermionicScott 12-24-13 12:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kmanpfk (Post 16314846)
mostly for tooling around my local trails. some hills, some roots and logs, and a few stream crossings.

i have a bianchi steel road bike converted to SS and use the Surly Singleater chain tensioner. it works fine and i'm enjoying it

might race but mostly for fun

You're already most of the way there, then! Don't ask a bunch of strangers what gear ratio you should run, just keep riding and bump it up or down if needed.

fietsbob 12-24-13 12:45 AM

steel will be the way to go unless a few Kilo$ "need" spending.


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