pan y agua
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes: Wilier Zero 7; Merlin Extralight; Co-Motion Robusta; Schwinn Paramount; Motobecane Phantom Cross; Cervelo P2; Motebecane Ti Fly 29er; Calfee Dragonfly Tandem
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It's nice there are more options now, even up to a 36 tooth cog. In our experience, however, we've found it to be a better overall solution to go to a smaller inner chainring.
With a 26 inner, and a 28 cog, you get a seriously low gear. If you needed lower, 24 is available.
Staying with a more standard sized rear cog and a smaller inner chainring, gives you a better spacing, is a bit lighter, and shifts a bit better.
Of course what gearing is going to be appropriate for any tema depends on their terrain, intended use, and fitness.
That said, just throwing out another option to get low gearing.
You could fall off a cliff and die.
You could get lost and die.
You could hit a tree and die.
OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.