Posted over at cyclingforums as well, but it seems this community is much more active....
I am getting back in to road biking, and live in an area with tons of mountains to climb. I have been told that climbing is up to the rider, however, I have also heard many people say the tarmac will be a slightly better climber due to the length and weight.
The two bikes I like have different gearing (Naturally), and this makes me wonder if in fact the roubaix will be better for climbing...I am a 28 years old male, in good shape, but I am not used to heavy climbing at all (yet)...
Roubaix Gear: Option 1:Rival 50-34 and 11-32
Option 2: Apex 50-34 and 11-28
Tarmac Gears: 52 - 36 and 11-28
I am currently coming from an Allez triple : Tiagra/Sora : 50-42-30 and 12-25 ( I should notice a positive difference either way?)
I truly enjoy top end speed when on flats which makes me lean towards the tarmac, hate feeling sluggish, and I hear its a great climber, but the idea of the Roubaix 34 32 high gearing for climbing. Will I notice a huge difference?
Thanks in advance for your input.