some of the things said just sound silly!
Mercia Man wrote:
I bet the triple users who have posted on this thread are experienced riders who have realised over the years that the secret of riding long and fast with minimum effort is to spin quickly in closely spaced low gears rather than bust a gut trying to hold on to big ring.
they also stock the allez and defy 4, of which I will be testing both soon, however they both come with compacts
I do not really get all this triple love going on.
I can see the benefits of a triple on some rides and for some types of riders but some of the things said just sound silly!
Why do people think the OP is going to struggle getting up a hill on a compact and will struggle to get home?
I do feel that a triple is more for the less fit (generally for a first bike) but I certainly do not feel a tough guy with my compact, and would still not if I had a double with a near horizontal cassette!
I am just trying to help the OP, not big myself up.
As SecretSam says, it's cheaper bikes that tend to come with triples, so what would the OP do if he wanted a more expensive bike? Have it modified from new?
All of the above replies are fine and technically correct; however, the question was about choosing a bike and I would say that triple or compact should not be the deciding factor - either will work fine and fit / comfort should be the deciding factor (oh and budget of course).
For an alternative view on the 'irrelevance' of the triple: http://thedailygrind.robdamanii.com/201 ... he-triple/
True, I do find myself doing the double change (front and rear) quite often, but its easy with Campag levers - gives both thumb buttons a good press and I easily go into the small chainring and drop 3,4 or 5 cogs on the back at the same time. Changing the otherway is quite easy too, as can shift 3 sprockets in one move.
Mercia Man wrote:
By the way, I've just noticed that Merlin are selling the fantastic highly polished Dura Ace 7800 triple chainset for just £179.99 at the moment (RRP £449.99).
I have a triple, and some KOM's on Strava, but they do weigh you down significantly; and apparently (according some posts here) make you look like an amateur, oh well!
I rode a 15 mile climb with 4000+ ft of climbing, this was done in the smallest ring and top three sprockets most of the way, if I had a compact, I'd have given up after the first couple of miles!
I thought I needed a triple. Started looking at bikes and a bit of "gear research". Decided I'd be fine with a compact and "suitable" cassette. Began reading this thread. Got confused. And now i've decided I'll buy the bike based on other criteria and take whatever it comes with