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Triple/Crosschaining(4 posts)

May 2, 2002 9:29 AM
I have an ultegra triple. I know enough not to use big/big and small/small combos.

My question is, can I use any gear with the middle chainring? or should I try to limit myself to the middle gears?
re: Triple/CrosschainingChen2
May 2, 2002 10:46 AM
My wife does this often and her chain is showing no wear, but I've noticed when on the work stand that the chain is a bit noisier when running on the middle ring and either the smallest or largest cog. I assume that this is due to the increased friction caused by the relatively extreme angles. Of course you can trim the front derailleur to avoid chain drag in these positions. My wife never stresses a chain much so she's had no ill effects, your results may vary.
re: I use em all.dzrider
May 2, 2002 10:49 AM
For me one of the best features of a triple is doing a very high percentage of my riding on one chain ring. 42x12 is a pretty big gear these days and 42x23 gets me up most of the hills in my part of CT. I used to day dream about a 10 speed 11 to 34 cassette, a 46 tooth chainring, and no front derailleur.
Trim positionsjtolleson
May 2, 2002 12:16 PM
The trim positions on the Ultegra triple are specifically designed to allow the rider to use all 9 cogs in the rear.