size does seem to matter

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  1. michael10x5

    michael10x5 New Member

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    I'm riding a 12-25 rear and like to do a lot of local climbing in the Santa Monica mountains and other local climbs. But at 50 I'm starting to feel it in my knees so I am thinking about options. Buy a 12-27 rear cassette. Get a FSA compact crankset, or get a triple crankset. Any thoughts.
     
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  2. shadco

    shadco New Member

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    I'm using an FSA Energy Compact Crank along with a 12-25. It has stopped me thinking about a triple and the associated cost. Seems like I'm going to be able to go to a 11-23 any day now.
     
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    boudreaux New Member

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    Get a gear inch chart.
     
  4. michael10x5

    michael10x5 New Member

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    Thanks for the reply. How's your high end with your 50-12 can you still hammer on the flats?



     
  5. WINGNUTT

    WINGNUTT New Member

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    Are we talking road bike or mtn bike here?? Going from a 12x25 to a 12x27 isn't going to make very much difference. Here's a handy tool to help you figure out what you need:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/
    I just went from a 13x25 to a 13x30 and will be trying it for the first time tomorrow (road bike with 53x39 on the front) - I think this will be ideal for the canyon roads in the Santa Monica mountains.
     
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