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Old 07-21-08, 12:01 PM
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does mountain bike have lower gears than 7 speed cruiser?

Hi - Does anyone know if a 18 or 21 gear mountain bike has lower gears (for better hill climbing) than a 7 speed cruiser?
Or does it just have more gears for faster speeds, but the lowest gear is no lower than the 7 speed, so no difference for hills?

Thanks!
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Old 07-21-08, 12:04 PM
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It has lower gears, yes.
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Old 07-21-08, 12:50 PM
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Hey - Can you give me an idea of how great the differences are?
I'm in a hilly region - and want to hook up a child trailer.

But have preference for 7 speed since it seems simpler to maintain and also just like having less gears - plus I like old school bike styles.
But if a mountain bike really has much more advantages I should let that go.
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I think the difference is obvious if you look at a mountain bike and you look at a seven speed cruiser,take a look.
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Mark- the 7 speed cruiser may be a hub-type thing, in which case the differences aren't obvious.

And Accorn- look up the gear ratios on the bike in question; they're not all the same. Usually a mountain bike has lower gears than a road bike, and I would think a 7-speed cruiser would fall in between. A higher quality mountain bike will have lower gearing than the $99 Walmart special (which is really intended for the road anyway).
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Look up the stats for the bikes,then go here and plug in the numbers:
http://sheldonbrown.com/gears/
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Of course the specifics will vary, and you can run into exceptions to every rule,
but the fat tire bikes really need lower gears than road bikes. Just look at the
size of the front chain rings, and on a MB they are way smaller, at least on
every one I've ever seen.

Of course that is without counting the teeth on the chain ring. Just check that
# and you can work out the specific equivalent rim size for each bike in its
highest gear, and compare them. I expect the Sheldonbrown.com site has help
if you need it. Or of course in the lowest gear if that is what you are interested
in. The lowest gear will normally be waaaaay lower on a mb.

best wishes, lloyd
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