I have been back riding 7 months and am preparing for a century in September.
I put the roadbike together with Ultegra 6600 / 6700 parts, but recently after doing hill training I don't have the gears needed to climb a hill that peaks at 19 %. Being a Clydesdale doesn't help either. I have 53 / 39 crankset 12 / 28 chainring
So today I tried a compact crankset with sugino 48 / 34 chain rings and I was able to climb the hill though I did have to stop to take a break. I don't think the Sugino are a perfect match with the 10 speeds so I need to look for a compact crank 165mm preferably 48/34 as the 50/34 means I need to replace the rear derailleur as this exceeds the max tooth count.
So i am not sure what direction I should go.
Can I change the Sugino chain rings with FSA that are 10 speed compatible and leave them connected to my 165 tourney cranks,