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What gearing is on your gravel bike?

Old 08-29-16, 10:46 PM
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I just built up a bike with 11-32 cassette and 53-39 double crankset. All SRAM With GX rear mech and rival front der and crankset. After a few rides climbing hills I ordered a 50-34 crankset.
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Originally Posted by Jofu View Post
Got the same as GeneO, Force 1x 46 front and 10-42 cassette. The only downside I've run into so far is that if I hit rough road spot, or if I bunny hop too strong while in lower gears, the chain will sometimes fall off the chainring on the outside

It can be quite disconcerting, as I'm going at a good pace when in that gear!!! Happened 3 times so far.

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This should not be happening if you have the Force Type 2 clutch rear derailleur. If you have the clutch rear derailleur check the cage tension, these will need to be adjusted periodically. Remove the plastic cap and turn the T55 torx clockwise to add tension to the clutch.
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I built mine up to do some light touring in the future as well, so went with lower gears than I might have otherwise, plus, I don't race. 26-36-46 triple and 9 speed 11-32 behind. So far on gravel, I've never been out of the big ring, and on roads with actual hills (I live on the prairie) I've been in the middle ring only a handful of times, though I'm pretty sure I'd spend a majority of my time there if I was carry much luggage at all.
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Originally Posted by OnTheRivet View Post
This should not be happening if you have the Force Type 2 clutch rear derailleur. If you have the clutch rear derailleur check the cage tension, these will need to be adjusted periodically. Remove the plastic cap and turn the T55 torx clockwise to add tension to the clutch.
Thank you! I'll be taking a look at it soon enough then.

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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
No shame in getting gearing that works.
x2

One of my riding buddies make fun of me for wimping out but will see who has the last laugh going up the next hill when I pass him while he is mashing it for all its worth...

Post back with your thoughts when you get everything working.
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44/34 with a 12-27 on a Poprad.
I am very close to pulling the trigger on a 44/30 WI VBC crank.
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I recently changed the gearing on my cross bike back to 1x10. 42, 11-36. Works well for racing and has just enough range to get the bike up and down the majority of the local terrain.

I've got a new old cross frame waiting for parts that's going to start off as a single speed, but will ultimately end up with a 46/34, 11-32 11 speed drivetrain on it. Very excited to get this one going!
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50-34 and 11x32. Ultegra 6800 everything. Just about perfect for me here on midwestern farm roads.

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Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
Pretty sure itll be an epic fail and ill long for a 48/38/28 triple with a 9speed 11-32 cassette due to hills.
Really just wanted to try something different.
That's what I have. That 28/32 combo comes in handy for this beginner
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1X7, 42T chainring and 11-32 cogs, works fine for the puny hills around here. I can switch to a 39T in front if I ride somewhere with real hills, but so far I have rarely used the 32. With that said, I'm gathering parts for an upgrade to 9-speed 11-34.
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42 32 22 triple 10 speed and an 11-34 cassette, it's steep out west,
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I have a few bikes setup for dirt road and hills.
50/34 x 11-36 10-speed (my bike, but I use an 11-28 cassette for "road" rides)
46/30 x 11-32 10-speed (wife's 'cross/touring bike, using the middle/inner positions of a 110/74 triple)
53/42/28 x 11-34 9-speed (tandem with 130/74 triple)
All setups have road shifters with MTB rear derailleurs
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My 700c wheels are 11-32. My 650b is 11-34. I am also running a 46-34 crank with a modified triple shifter/derailleur. If that has an incident I have a heavier 48-38-28 backup crank.

Oh, and it's 8 speed Shimano Claris.
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Fixed.


Wow. I have no other words.
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Deore 48, 36 & 22 Trekking crankset with either a 12-27 or 11-32 nine speed cassette. The tires are 29x1.8.

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An updated Stronglight 93 crankset chainrings with 46, 42 & 30 on my 1971 Peugeot PX10 is pictured below. This chainring combination provides half-step and a granny gearing by using the installed 13-16-19-22-26-30 freewheel.

I'm not a masher and like to sit and spin at a 90 to 105 rpm cadence. The Red Clover triplitizer with the 46, 42 and 30 chainrings covers the 10 to 25 mph range with tight gear spacing. A six speed Suntour 13-30 freewheel is installed. A 46 chainring is ideal for me. I can hold almost 30 mph on a 46 chainring chainring with a 13 cog on the freewheel. I won't be walking too many hills with that 30t granny gear, either.

A Simplex SX410 long cage rear derailleur and a NOS Suntour front derailleur were installed. A Dura ace set of shifters were added along with a very nice Huret cable guide.

The clincher wheelset is installed. These have Normandy Luxe Competition 36 hole high-flange hubs. The rims are Pacenti PL23. A 13-30 six speed Suntour freewheel is installed. The Tires are 700 x 32 Compass Stampede Pass. It 's very smooth ride.









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Wow. I have no other words.


It's often not the "right" gear, but I have no qualms about getting off and running up the steeper hills, and the fixed gear lets me know instantly whether the rear wheel has lost traction. A 3-speed fixed hub would be awesome for this.
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I use a Stronglight 46/34 crankset with a customized 9-speed 13-32 cassette. I'm picky about the gear spacing and I prefer to spin.
A 13t first cog plus part of an 11-25 plus the two biggest cogs from an 11-32, and I get exactly what I want:
13-15-17-19-21-23-25-28-32
The only non-hyperglide transition is from 25-28, but it shifts fine despite that. I mostly ride in the 46t chainring as if it was a 1x8, but cross over to the 34t when climbing slower than 12 mph.

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A buddy and I were discussing riding our gravel roads which are more accurately "logging" roads and whose grades are ridiculous. He rides about 29 gear inches on a 34:34 low, I'm about 26 gear inches on a 30:30 low and we both agree...20" is probably where we will end up as those long grades in double digits are nuts. Anything over 15% becomes torturous. Here's a recent outing where he climbed over 4,000 in a 17 mile out and back. Pretty typical gravel grinding..
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My current build aims for 17-92GI with a 26/36T double crank and a 11-42T cogset.
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A buddy and I were discussing riding our gravel roads which are more accurately "logging" roads and whose grades are ridiculous. He rides about 29 gear inches on a 34:34 low, I'm about 26 gear inches on a 30:30 low and we both agree...20" is probably where we will end up as those long grades in double digits are nuts. Anything over 15% becomes torturous. Here's a recent outing where he climbed over 4,000 in a 17 mile out and back. Pretty typical gravel grinding..
So... 30x30 and 34x34 is the same gear inch. How do you get 26 GI and 29 GI... ?
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Sounds like one is on a 26" wheel and the other is a 29" wheel...

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50/34 with 11-32 10 speed. Was more than enough for DK and Gravel Worlds this year. Ran an 11-36 last year but it was overkill and the shifting was never great.
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1x11 with 42T up front and 28T-11 rear
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