Does 'compact' mean just the small ring?

Bike-Rich
Bike-Rich Posts: 275
edited February 2013 in Road buying advice
Hi all,

I've herd a lot of talk about 'going compact' - does this mean both front discs are smaller or just the 'smaller' ones?

Thanks,

Comments

  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    Compact = 50 / 34
    Standard double = 53 x 39

    Usually.
  • Ahh I see,
    So it's not possible to have normal big ring and compact smaller ones?
  • daviesee
    daviesee Posts: 6,386
    Bike-Rich wrote:
    Ahh I see,
    So it's not possible to have normal big ring and compact smaller ones?
    You could go after market and get 53/34 but the jump would be too big IMHO.

    Best to wait till the cassette is worn and get one with the desired range.
    Or splurge now if you can afford it, or are in a hurry. :wink:
    None of the above should be taken seriously, and certainly not personally.
  • Gabbo
    Gabbo Posts: 864
    daviesee wrote:
    Bike-Rich wrote:
    Ahh I see,
    So it's not possible to have normal big ring and compact smaller ones?
    You could go after market and get 53/34 but the jump would be too big IMHO.

    Best to wait till the cassette is worn and get one with the desired range.
    Or splurge now if you can afford it, or are in a hurry. :wink:

    I use to have 52/34, but have a relatively new crankset which is 53/39

    I think the 34 is a little too little imo. Depends on where you cycle I suppose, as it would be almost necessary for somewhere like the Alto El Angliru in Spain. I live in Surrey, which has no mountains.
  • smidsy
    smidsy Posts: 5,273
    What about a 36 inner chainring, good compromise.
    Yellow is the new Black.
  • dodgy
    dodgy Posts: 2,890
    Generally a jump of 16 can be coped with on a standard front mech, I would guess some cope better than others.
  • ShutUpLegs
    ShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    What about a compact frame?