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Old 10-28-21, 09:53 AM
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I'd agree that you want the bike that will give you the lowest gearing if you are going to be climbing continuously for miles.

I did my first mountain climb a few months ago. A 14'er. I put a 50/34 crank and 11-32 cassette on my bike that is normally 52/36 and 11-30. I was worried that I wouldn't have the high gearing I'd want for the trip down. However turns out I didn't need to pedal much while going down. I was having to slow up to often just to make the switchbacks.

So if you don't normally ride continuously up long grades, then go for something that will let you spin comfortably up to the top.

And the big question shouldn't be which brand of bike, but what are their gearing. And also what position are they made for, a low aero position or a more relaxed upright position.

And good luck, enjoy the views. Maybe get one of those little O2 things to huff on occasionally if you aren't use to high altitudes.

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