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Compact gearing

Old 04-06-13, 09:09 AM
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And if he had hills where he never had to get into 39/27, he should have never had to get as low as 34/24, let alone 34/27. If he'd been doing it in 39/24, then 34/21 should have been so close to the same as to be indistinguishable (1.62 vs 1.63, and probably a nicer chainline, too), but no, clearly compacts suck so much they just sap the watts right out of his legs.
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