compact or standard, you've heard this all before!

canoas Posts: 307
edited October 2010 in Road buying advice
well, I'm after something different. I find the compact I run 50/34 with a 12/27 is ok for European sportives, Alps travel etc, but not very good for the UK. I could go for a 53/39 but sometimes you need a compact in the UK, I'm not getting any younger! I needed my compact for Mortirolo this year on holiday and some other passes in Italy and Switzerland, I think could off done most of them with a 50/34 12-25 but I find I really lose a lot of power on the flats and hills, I was thinking of tinkering with something like a 52-36 I know Specialities TA France make them for Campy 11. And some other companies.

Any good combi's out there! or suggestions.


  • thel33ter
    thel33ter Posts: 2,684
    I like a wide ratio 26-11 or 12 cassette and a 53-39.

    It mainly depends wether you spin or push hard up the hills.
    And now you know, and knowing is half the battle
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  • richa
    richa Posts: 1,631
    Keep the compact. Keep the current cassette for the Alps, get a new one for the UK... 11-21 or as aggressive as you feel suits.

    Cost is low, flexibility is high.