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Kilo TT pro~ am I missing something?

Old 10-08-08, 03:05 AM
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Kilo TT pro~ am I missing something?

I pre-ordered a kilo tt pro in sept.

I never checked the gearing until today. apparently the rear cog is a 16t and the front chainring is a 48t, per the skid patch calculator in the gearing supplement sticky thread this combo of 16t and 48t results in a whopping 1 skid patch!

Not that I am skidding at every stop, going for super long skids on my commute nor am I not aware that you can easily change out the rear cog for a 17t etc, however it just boggles my mind why bikesdirect bikesdirect.com would choose this gearing combination? Also, I am kind of irritated that I will sooner than later have to spring some more $$$ for another rear cog, and knowing myself I'll probably go out and get atleast a soma or surly which is ~$30 after shipping.

summary: kilo tt pro only has 1 skid patch!!!!!!!!!!! spend mo money for a another cog
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Old 10-08-08, 03:21 AM
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I dont think BD had skid patches in mind, stop complaining.
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Old 10-08-08, 03:37 AM
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48 16 is pretty much stock on everything.
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Old 10-08-08, 04:10 AM
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awesome.
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Old 10-08-08, 04:32 AM
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No but OP is right, 48x16 is stupid gearing. It's probably too heavy for riding in a city for a beginners (yes, who else would buy their bikes from BD anyway...), plus the lack of skid patches.
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Old 10-08-08, 05:27 AM
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What is this skid patches? The bike comes with a brake. Save your tire!! lol
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Old 10-08-08, 06:38 AM
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I guess they got a really good deal on 48t chainrings and 16t cogs.
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You're already saving a ton of money by buying from BD, quit being a cheapskate and just buy a new cog!
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Old 10-08-08, 06:44 AM
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Originally Posted by fivehoursfree View Post
I guess they got a really good deal on 48t chainrings and 16t cogs.
Right, 17t cog would be more expensive because you need more metal to manufacture it.
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48x16 has been an industry standard gear ratio on entry-level track bikes for years. Why wouldn't BD follow suit?

You have to remember, although most people with Kilo's don't ride track, the bike is an entry level track bike, and nobody needs to skid on the velodrome. 48x16 is also used on many entry level-rental bikes at velodromes for first time users.

Furthermore, you're getting a complete bike for 350-480 bucks. You have to assume some components will be crap (like the cog). How do you know the gearing that would come on the bike is right for you anyway? Buying/trying new gears is part of the game.
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Old 10-08-08, 07:29 AM
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Maybe you should rely on a brake to stop (like 99% of the other people on bicycles).
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Originally Posted by gesantengoku View Post
I pre-ordered a kilo tt pro in sept.

I never checked the gearing until today. apparently the rear cog is a 16t and the front chainring is a 48t, per the skid patch calculator in the gearing supplement sticky thread this combo of 16t and 48t results in a whopping 1 skid patch!

Not that I am skidding at every stop, going for super long skids on my commute nor am I not aware that you can easily change out the rear cog for a 17t etc, however it just boggles my mind why bikesdirect bikesdirect.com would choose this gearing combination? Also, I am kind of irritated that I will sooner than later have to spring some more $$$ for another rear cog, and knowing myself I'll probably go out and get atleast a soma or surly which is ~$30 after shipping.

summary: kilo tt pro only has 1 skid patch!!!!!!!!!!! spend mo money for a another cog
dude 48/16 is like stock on 98% of the over the counter "track" bikes. quit whining like a b.itch.

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Old 10-08-08, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by gesantengoku View Post
I pre-ordered a kilo tt pro in sept.

I never checked the gearing until today. apparently the rear cog is a 16t and the front chainring is a 48t, per the skid patch calculator in the gearing supplement sticky thread this combo of 16t and 48t results in a whopping 1 skid patch!

Not that I am skidding at every stop, going for super long skids on my commute nor am I not aware that you can easily change out the rear cog for a 17t etc, however it just boggles my mind why bikesdirect bikesdirect.com would choose this gearing combination? Also, I am kind of irritated that I will sooner than later have to spring some more $$$ for another rear cog, and knowing myself I'll probably go out and get atleast a soma or surly which is ~$30 after shipping.

summary: kilo tt pro only has 1 skid patch!!!!!!!!!!! spend mo money for a another cog
Probably the bike was intended for someone who was going to spend the majority of their time pedalling, not skidding
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Originally Posted by jdms mvp View Post
dude 48/16 is like stock on 98% of the over the counter "track" bikes. quit whining like a b.itch.
lol, mah man
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Old 10-08-08, 11:20 AM
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yes you're missing something, it's common sense.
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so if your not interested in "skidding" why would you care about skid patches, or even go through the trouble to calculate it? Re-read your post and ask yourself, how valid is my argument?
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Old 10-08-08, 02:08 PM
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you should ask bikedirect for a refund.
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It does make you wonder though why more companies don't offer these bikes in more useful gearings like 48x17-19 though
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Because useful gearing for one person could be horrible for the next. Either way people have to find their own gearing preference.
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Kilo tt pros are for skidding amirite?
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Try my bikes originally gearing before you complain, 42/16...
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Just to keep this going on, show me a person who is going to ride Kilo TT at a velodrome. I dare you.
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^ right. Nobody.
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Originally Posted by gesantengoku View Post
I pre-ordered a kilo tt pro in sept.

I never checked the gearing until today. apparently the rear cog is a 16t and the front chainring is a 48t, per the skid patch calculator in the gearing supplement sticky thread this combo of 16t and 48t results in a whopping 1 skid patch!

Not that I am skidding at every stop, going for super long skids on my commute nor am I not aware that you can easily change out the rear cog for a 17t etc, however it just boggles my mind why bikesdirect bikesdirect.com would choose this gearing combination? Also, I am kind of irritated that I will sooner than later have to spring some more $$$ for another rear cog, and knowing myself I'll probably go out and get atleast a soma or surly which is ~$30 after shipping.

summary: kilo tt pro only has 1 skid patch!!!!!!!!!!! spend mo money for a another cog

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