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Old 11-26-08, 03:22 AM
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44x17

Who else rocks it?!

It's Soooooo nice!
I got a 3mile long hill I gotta climb everyday and I just switched up from 44x16.
Let me tell you, its amazing what a difference one tooth makes..
I only lost about 1gi and I travel 0.5 meters less per revolution but damn, was I bookin it uphill today.


btw 44x17 = 2.58 ratio at just under 70gi and still gets over 15m per rev.
I am stoked!

/rant
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Old 11-26-08, 03:33 AM
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Heheh... how long are your crank arms? I always like it less than 70 gear inches even.
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Old 11-26-08, 04:33 AM
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im at 46x17, thinking of switching to 44 or 42x17..
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Old 11-26-08, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by miahmiah View Post
Heheh... how long are your crank arms? I always like it less than 70 gear inches even.
165mm
130bcd

I went from struggle to hustle, its really freakin cool.
I wanted to keep riding but it started to rain(for the first time this season) here, in good'ol san diego.




Originally Posted by matt wisconsin View Post
im at 46x17, thinking of switching to 44 or 42x17..
Dude, you should try it.
All the cool kids are doing it!..
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Old 11-26-08, 05:29 AM
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44x17 is fun, I run it right now but I'm thinking of going up to 46x17 simply because I don't climb hills and could use more speed.
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Old 11-26-08, 05:32 AM
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uhh i climb hills seated with a head wind at 46/16. whats wrong with you guys?
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Old 11-26-08, 08:01 AM
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46/17 is where it's at

i have no issues going as fast as I need to go w/ this
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lately i've been riding 46 18, fixed, and 46 17 freewheel. super lazy gears, which are nice for working and spinning and grumbling about the cold winds. i like it a lot.

this weekend i'll ride ss cyclocross geared 42 17 or 42 18.

hah.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by iansmash View Post
46/17 is where it's at

i have no issues going as fast as I need to go w/ this
i ride 46x17 as well, seems great for the occasional hills in brooklyn, plus a quick start from a standstill.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:28 AM
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I like 48x18. It seems to be a good compromise between speed and power.
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Old 11-26-08, 08:38 AM
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I'm riding ss 42x16 [69.2 gi - 170 cranks & 25 tires] & 48x19 [66.4 gi- 165 cranks/23 tires]. Fixed 48x18 [70.1] We don't have any bad hills around here.

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Old 11-26-08, 10:44 AM
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44x17 here as well. Really nice for the hilly parts where I live and easy enough for me to skid seated without exerting too much.
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Originally Posted by queerpunk View Post
lately i've been riding 46 18, fixed, and 46 17 freewheel. super lazy gears, which are nice for working and spinning and grumbling about the cold winds. i like it a lot.

this weekend i'll ride ss cyclocross geared 42 17 or 42 18.

hah.
Ditto exactly here.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:22 AM
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I'm living in Seattle, plenty of hills, and was using a 44 x 17 -- fun.

I went up to a 46 x 17 on my new build and found that, while it's a bit tougher on the climbs, I'm not at a loss for anything and to the contrary as my legs get stronger I'm faster on the hills and on the downhills as well.

It's generally too steep to rock a 44 x 17 going downhill in Seattle most of the time, but the 46 x 17 is very nice.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:35 AM
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I rocked 46/17 for a while, loved it but wanted more work/speed, so I put a 15T on the back and have had a couple of weeks on that and really love it. I like that I can't spin out and can just feed it to her [the bike] until I tire from strength rather than being out-spun.

When the snow comes down and stays, I'll probably pop a 17 on the back again or just switch to a 42 ring and run the 15. I ran 42/17 last winter with great results.
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Old 11-26-08, 11:51 AM
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44x17, would never do it for me, I would be wanting more. I ride 46x16 and I live in a pretty hilly area. I am going to switch to a 17 cog in the winter.
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Old 11-26-08, 12:04 PM
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56/15 ftw
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Old 11-26-08, 09:37 PM
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Originally Posted by 91MF View Post
uhh i climb hills seated with a head wind at 46/16. whats wrong with you guys?
I should totally post pictures of the hills I climb. Problem is they are so long(and twisty), you won't see the end of um..

But anyway, ya you're tough.

What would the diff. be if you achived the same ratio on larger rings/cogs? Would you just need more torque to get going?
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48x17
all day every day.
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Old 11-26-08, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by davewins View Post
What would the diff. be if you achived the same ratio on larger rings/cogs?
Nothing.
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Old 11-26-08, 10:03 PM
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Originally Posted by elTwitcho View Post
Nothing.
I read somewhere that using a larger chainring and cog is more efficient.
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Old 11-26-08, 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by thehappyrobot View Post
48x17
all day every day.
same, but i wanna drop down a few teeth for some easier skid stops.
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40x15 (=2.67 ratio) because the ring i had was 40. works pretty well, i wish i could get a little more speed sometimes but i don't know if i'm willing to sacrifice the ability to climb and quickstart.
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Old 11-26-08, 10:25 PM
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49 x 17. Not many hills here in OC. Just going down from the Mesa to Pacific Coast Highway. If I get in a pace line with geared dudes I need 78 GI.
48 or 47 x 17 would make me happier but a chain ring is expensive, a good 144 bcd 1/8" is.
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GI=Penis Size no matter which forum you go to!

I ride 44x18 cause I like to spin but I'm getting a 17 for the other side of the hub just to get more skid patches.
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