Anyone running a larger big ring?
Never really thought there was any use for something bigger than 53/11. However, in the road race at Masters Nationals, we could have used a bigger gear. We knew our only chance of doing well was to get away on the early descent, and pray to take a lead into the final climb. Attacked at 50mph+, and got a bit of a gap, but not enough to stay way very long.
Problem was we were pedaling at 130 rpm, and between the speed, frame flex, and our lack of smoothness at that rpm, the bike was wobbling around too much for comfort, and we had to just put it in a tuck and quit pedaling.
A 56/11 might have given us just enough gear to go a couple of mph faster.
I realize that the times a 56 would make a difference would be pretty limited. But if there's little downside, why not.
So anybody running a 56, does it hurt your front shifting? Limit how much you can ride in the big ring, throw off the cross over points, or have other downsides?