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Need to change make Serotta (easier?) to ride. Any recommendations on components?

Old 08-23-11, 10:43 PM
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Need to change make Serotta (easier?) to ride. Any recommendations on components?

Hi,
To make a long story short, I purchased a Serotta Ti a few years ago, and have only ridden it once as it is too difficult to make it up steep hills for me. I just got a Trek FX 7.9, which is AMAZING, but I would like to have the Serotta as a back up bike. Any recommendations such as changing from 2 to 3 gear rings, different size rings, etc??? I am totally clueless when it comes to components, so please educate me. I heard someone say that the new 2 ring systems have the same feel as older 3 ring systems because of increased number of rear gears...is this true?
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Get a 12-28 rear cassette with a 50/34 front double crank and bottom bracket. A Serotta Ti should be >>>> than a FX 7.9
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Get a 12-28 rear cassette with a 50/34 front double crank and bottom bracket. A Serotta Ti should be >>>> than a FX 7.9
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Find a good bike shop, they will be able to make this switch for you. It won't be cheap but the parts you have on your Serotta are likely pretty nice and you can sell those.

Once you ride for a bit I think you're likely to consider the Trek the backup bike...
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Sounds good...but could you please explain what this does? Also, what does compact mean in relation to components?
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What I believe what was said in more common language is that they suggested a gear grouping that is similar to what you have on the FX that you like to ride.
Infact, it looks like practically the same gearing range you would have on the FX, but not so much of a top end, but that's ok.

Oh, and I believe that compact term relates to the chainring, being a compact with two chainrings, instead of being a triple, or having three chainrings.
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I guess this is a personal opinion question, but do you all think it would be best to just leave the Serotta be until I get in better shape with the hybrid? Then at that point, I may be fine with the Serotta as is.
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Originally Posted by BGAndrea View Post
Sounds good...but could you please explain what this does? Also, what does compact mean in relation to components?
It typically references the size of the front chainrings. A compact road crankset will have 50 & 34 teeth chainrings whereas a traditional road crankset will have 53 & 39 teeth chainrings. The compact crankset will effectively give you lower gearing. Going to a larger rear cassette will compound this further. Going to a triple front crankset gives you much lower gearing still by offering you a 30 tooth chainring up front, but converting to a triple is the most costly route since you would have to get a new shifter, crankset, and front derailleur.

This is a decent resource for starters: http://sheldonbrown.com/gearing/index.html
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Originally Posted by BGAndrea View Post
I guess this is a personal opinion question, but do you all think it would be best to just leave the Serotta be until I get in better shape with the hybrid? Then at that point, I may be fine with the Serotta as is.
It *is* a personal opinion question. *If* you are not in good shape now, and you expect to make a lot of improvement in your conditioning, and you don't live in a very hilly area -- maybe you can get by with what you've got. Go ride a bunch for a couple of months and see where you are then. But even riders in very good shape use compacts -- or even triples! -- if they ride in the hills and mountains a lot.

It could also be that the bike you have has very "high" gearing -- in which case, you could make some improvement just swapping out your rear cassette. That would give you modestly lower gears at a much lower price than the entire drivetrain change recommended.

Why don't you tell us what is on the bike now? Count the teeth on your 2 chainrings; count the teeth on your biggest rear cog in the rear.
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I would consider Hunt Valley, MD (via google topo map) to be relatively flat within the more urban/city area and easy to moderate hilly conditions when venturing out further. If you want to save as much money as possible, sure I would suggest stick with training on the Trek and trying the Serotta again when you are up to it.

If you can take the hit on costs, there isn't a reason to not do it if you want to ride both bikes equally, you can try picking something in the middle like a 52 x 36 chainring, 11-28 cassette.
It really depends on how you want to ride, and where you see yourself going. Compacts are great and all IMO, and I ride one, but that's probably more due to the hills in my area
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