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Do I need to be a sprint king for an 11-23 cogset?(6 posts)

Do I need to be a sprint king for an 11-23 cogset?Dub
Mar 16, 2001 10:16 AM
Time for a new cassette and I'm thinking of going from a 12-23 to a 11-23 (losing the 16). I ride mainly rolling terrain, some mtns where 23 has been ok but planning on some crits and road races. Race Duathalons also where sprinting not an issue. Does one need to be Stuart O'Grady to handle a 11? Have had some platella (below knee) tendon issues from running so don't want to wanker that either. Cheers.
I think that the average rider uses an 11 only on downhillsbill
Mar 16, 2001 10:51 AM
and then only until the aero situation demands that you stop pedaling and tuck. And maybe that's even too much. I've got an 11, because I used to mash more and thought I needed it, but, in retrospect, I probably would have been better off with a 12 and closer increments. The 11 is actually good for rollers, where you really have to push a long gear to get resistance; I can't remember when I last used it on the road.
I presume that your situation is not so very different from mine. I think that gearing that long is probably a situation where, if you don't know exactly why you need it, you don't need it.
Stick with the 12-23BipedZed
Mar 16, 2001 11:17 AM
The 16 is much more useful than the 11. I like the 16 for cruising along in the pack at 25mph. The 11 is only useful for cranking up to speed on a downhill, after a certain velocity you'll just tuck instead. If you have enough power that you are losing Cat 5 sprints due to only having a 12 as opposed to an 11 you should look into racing on the track.

I bought a 11x23 and ended up swapping it for a 12x23 after a few months.
My 11 is an absolute virginCory
Mar 16, 2001 2:09 PM
Never had a chain on it, that I can remember. Anytime I can push an 11-tooth cog, I'm going to be coasting.
Thanks Gents. 12-23 cogset and new chain on the way.Dub
Mar 19, 2001 6:01 AM
I know I'd miss the 16 more than having an 11.
..and Ladies if any of you are.Dub
Mar 19, 2001 6:04 AM