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Old 06-11-06, 08:12 PM   #1
Let's do a Century
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11/32 Report

I did a century using the 11/32 cassette with the Deore XT rear derailleur on Miss Lightweight and I'm really, really happy with it. While the century I did today did not have a lot of climbing, with the faster pace and rolling hills it was sufficient to run it through the gears, see how the front chain ring worked, etc.

I was really worried that the shifting would seem really sloppy going from a 10 speed DuraAce rear derailleur to a Deore XT RD with a mountain bike cassette. I was very pleasantly surprised how it shifted and spun under load. While it's certainly not as crisp, it is much more than adequate. In fact, I would put it on par with my experience with an Ultegra setup.

The century I did today was pretty flat so I'm not sure I even got in the 28 let alone the 32. I did use the 50/11 several times, especially going down some descents and also closing a gap a time or two. The spacing of gears works okay as well. There's a couple of gaps my preference would be to have something between a gear but that's just a matter of getting used to adjusting your cadence.

I do have a little chain rub on the front derailleur that I didn't have with the 10 speed chain but I can tweak the derailleur using the 2 positions of the front shifter and get rid of it. I suspect that's just the difference in the width of the 9 speed chain versus the 10 speed chain.

I have a really hilly mountain century in two weeks and now I have a lot of confidence that I can survive it with this new setup. Having the 28 with the 50/34 is going to be nice. Having a bailout with a 34/32 is going to be terrific!!

I hope to get up to the mountains for a ride this week to give it one more test with a lot of climbing. If anyone would like more details on the setup just PM me. I'll be happy to share what I've done.
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Old 06-11-06, 08:29 PM   #2
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The XT is a really good RDR. We have one on our tandem and it works great. They were on sale for awhile at Jenson for $39, so I got an extra one. Should have purchased 2. Ours is also set up with an 11 X 34 cogset and a triple chainring (52/42/30). It's perfect gearing for a tandem. About 3 weeks ago we climbed for about 25 miles, up into the S.W. corner of Wyoming where it borders Utah. There's a neat corner state monument up there. It was a hell of a climb (probably more than 3,000 feet), but what a blast coming down, speeds approaching 50 M.P.H. Your XT will give you great service.
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Im so glad to hear that the set up has worked out. Now I've got something to comtemplate. A 34/32 combination should take you very close to being able to climb up walls. I've got a few 15 to 18% grades that have been killing me. So, it's a real attractive option to consider. Thanks for the post.
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Old 06-12-06, 08:49 PM   #4
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Thanks for the report. With all the mountains in Colorado, this sounds like something I might like to try as well.
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