you people out there riding double or tripple?

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  1. lokstah

    lokstah New Member

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    On the other hand, we all slap on our bikes what we're comfortable with. Here's a confession:

    I've got an 11/22 cassette on my Giant, but a 12/27 on my Klein's DA10. Ok, what I really wanted was a 12/25 (not in stock at the time), but the point is that I figured I'd get what would suit me best given my style and the bike's usage. I can still get plenty of speeding churning out of the 12 cog, and since the Klein is purely a pleasure/show-off rig, I saw nothing wrong with using a 25 or 27 to make the hills more fun.

    And Scott, you know all about those Bay Area hills. Pulling myself up South Park Dr. in Tilden is manly and rewarding on my Giant, but it's also fun to do it a bit faster, and with a touch less sweat, on the blue dream machine.

    :)
     


  2. DiabloScott

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    Here's another confession. I've only gone DOWN South Park Drive. But only because that puts me in the right direction to do Pig Farm the hard way... in my 27t of course.

    Sorry to all you non Bay Area lot for the insider talk.
     
  3. lokstah

    lokstah New Member

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    A crankset format that FSA started pushing last year, sporting a 50/34 set of rings on a (I believe) tighter spider. Some of the pros busted them out for major climbing stages, but they've got the attention of enthusiasts looking for double-drivetrains more skewed towards climbing gear ratios. A touch sexier than a triple, for my money, though I'm sticking with my 53/39 for now...

    FSA's gear ratio PDF here.
     
  4. lokstah

    lokstah New Member

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    Nah, screw them.

    Here's another confession. I may go up S. Park every now and then, but it tends to make me jiggle, weave, and ultimately, it takes me near to tears.
     
  5. dhk

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  7. dhk

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    My bike doesn't have barrel adjusters, but after one FD and one RD tension adjust at 600 miles, all has been fine here too.

    Agree the triple fills in the gaps better than a double or compact setup. It's great to have a wide range of climbing gears with the inner ring rather than just banging down into the big cog on a double and grunting it out.

    I went with the 12-25 paired with 53/39/30 FSA Team Triple. Guess it depends on the low gear you need for where you ride, but the 21 wouldn't quite do it for me.
     
  8. lokstah

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    Regarding precision in triples versus doubles -- I suppose I can concede that a well-tuned triple front der can shift as crisply as a double. At the very least, though, double fans appreciate the minimal ability to screw up while you're riding.

    Not that shifting through three gears is rocket science -- it's just that a double is quite elegant. Either you've shifted up into the big guy, or you've shifted down into the little guy. Throw the lever, and bam, you're there; worry about trim if you're picky.
     
  9. belfast-biker

    belfast-biker New Member

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    What's the difference? Newbie here....
     
  10. Mart

    Mart New Member

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    I used to use a triple, I think it made me a bit lazy on big climbs. Now I use a double and with the extra effort I've used over the last few months without the third ring, I think I'm getting stronger. I'm sticking with double.
     
  11. belfast-biker

    belfast-biker New Member

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    To me, a triple is like a double to normal folk.

    I'm just waiting for Shimano to make a quintuple....
     
  12. drewjc

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    Reiterating Lokstah on this one.....a "compact" crankset is one with (usually) a smaller diameter spider, and (always) smaller chainrings for the sake of lower gearing and lighter weight mainly aimed at the climbing market and the weight weenies. Also i think that a 50x11 is a big enough gear (it is bigger than 53x12) for almost any purpose except maybe desents at over 90km/h and i think that a 34x23/25 should be almost small enough for everybody as the gears u guys are using on the triples are not much different to this. I have to admit i am a racer/racer wannabe and feel that i would be ridiculed for using a triple (and i dont need one as i never have to go that low on the climbs around here anyway) but i also think that if you are going to the trouble of changing cranks etc. to gain the extra chainring then maybe it is worth exploring the "compact" option.
     
  13. fushman

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    i rode my bike today set up with a triple for the first time since winter and man triples are awesome. with 52,42,30 up front and a 12-23 cassette theres always the perfect gear.
     
  14. Aernout

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    Guys,

    What if someone with a triple arrives faster at the top of a mountain than another guy riding a double ?
    Do you think he is an inferior rider ?
     
  15. lokstah

    lokstah New Member

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    Nope. You?
     
  16. drewjc

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    No defintely not inferior, infact probably better (if not smarter)! In most cases though a hill taken at speed will be faster on a double as it forces u to ride a slightly larger gear and thus the speed must be higher (as long as u can keep the gear moving). I am saying that the hills (not really mountains) around here are too short or flat, so a triple would have to be spun at a ridiculous cadence at the speeds these hills are generally ridden up that it is not worth the extra hassle/weight etc..... Im not arguing just making spirited conversation!
     
  17. dhk

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    Agree with you 100%. You don't use the inner ring for rollers or sprinters hills that you can get over at 10-12 mph or higher.....just put in some muscle power, or jump out of the saddle and sprint up. Having the triple doesn't mean you use it as an excuse to slow down and loaf up every hill.

    I use the inner ring for the long climbs, say 6-10% grades than go for a mile or more. It allows me to control the cadence and HR on these long climbs, so I can avoid blowing up and stay strong for the end of the ride. In my double, I had to just stand and grind it out at max HR....it was often a life-or-death struggle to keep turning over the pedals when the hairpins or walls kicked up to 22%.

    If you don't have these kinds of grades, or have enough sustained aerobic power-to-weight capability to race up every mountain at 10-12 mph like the pro's, then you certainly don't need a triple.
     
  18. pablo_gg

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    I recently converted to campy triple (30x42x53) a couple of months ago after riding campy double (39x53) for many years. I am finding that I can cruise at a higher speed up rolling hills using the 42 than I could with the 39. Shifting between the 53 and 42 is much smoother since the jump in gears is not as dramatic as 39. Also, since I use this bike to commute to work as well, I find that it is much more enjoyable to climb the 1.5 mile hill to my work on days I do not want to push hard.
     
  19. DiabloScott

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    I'd say the guy with the double is in denial and he needs a triple too. If that were me getting beat by a guy with a triple I'd drop major bucks on a compact crank on my way home.

    The other option I see frequently recommended is to go XT/XTR derailleur and a 32t big cog. That's a cheaper choice than a new crank for those in triple-denial.

    Just more triple-trolling. How come you triple guys are so defensive?;)
     
  20. belfast-biker

    belfast-biker New Member

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    Coz double guys are so offensive? ;)
     
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