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help with choice of gears

vinnychoffvinnychoff Posts: 15
edited August 2009 in Road beginners
could you help me as i am having a bike built? i have a choice of groupsets. could you tell me what is the advantage? disadvantage?

170 mm 39/53 black;
172.5 39/53 silver;
172.5 42/52 silver?



  • topdudetopdude Posts: 1,557
    Crank length depends on your leg length, 170 for shorter legs, 172.5 for average length legs. However you probably would not notice the difference.
    Silver / black is down to you.
    39/53, general road use plus racing if you like.
    42/52, again general road use plus racing but not if you have many hills to climb :wink:
    You might want to consider a compact 34/50 if you just want to ride for fitness / pleasure / come across many hills :D
    He is not the messiah, he is a very naughty boy !!
  • thanks for the advice, i do have some hills so will go for 39/53
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