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Old 08-09-16, 06:19 PM
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Typical Olympic Road Race Equipment Set Up

Looking for info on "Typical Olympic Road Race Equipment Set Up". I'm mostly interested in what kind of gear train they are using and the typical gearing range. Are most running dual chain rings or single? Are most running 11 or 12 sprockets on their rear cassette? I haven't been able to find much info on the web about this so I thought I'd try here.
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I certainly don't have any inside knowledge, but if you check GCN on YouTube, you can gain some insights to setups on pro tour and pro's bikes. From what's out there, they generally ride the same frames available to you and me, but with groups and wheelsets usually sponsored. Riders make individual choices on gearing, crankset arm length, stem length, handlebar width and drop, etc. Gear numbers is likely to be based on what's current, and most groups are eleven speed these days. Electronic shifting is common now a days, but I've read that some riders still prefer mechanical shifting. Double chain rings are the normal choice. Probably the common choice for gearing on a tough climbing course like the Olympic venue would be mid-compact chainrings, and for cassettes, an 11-28 or even an 11 or 12-30. As I said, gearing is an individual choice, but this is probably most common.
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I can't remember what I was watching (Olympic Men's RR or the TdF), but there was commentary about the gearing choices of various riders. The cassettes seemed to run the gamut of those available commonly, with the rider's climbing ability and style (preferred cadence) being the deciding factor. Only one rider mentioned was running a 32. I forget who it was, but not known for climbing ability. The majority of riders seemed to be a 28 or less for the biggest cog.


As for chainrings, Jens Voigt made a comment about one rider's selection. The rider was running a 36 small ring, and Jens said that most pro riders would never run anything smaller than a 38 even on stages with lots of climbing. 39 or 42 were the common small rings, and 54 or 53 were the common big rings.


Basically, the gearing varied greatly, and the guys were using what worked for them individually.


No mention of anyone running a 1x front. No mention of 11sp vs 12sp. Is 12sp even available yet?
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If you go to Bike Radar's website and search "pro bikes" they break down those choices. Velonews will also do the same. Likely they will have a few of the Olympic rides featured.
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