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Ultegra double or triple crankset?(7 posts)

Ultegra double or triple crankset?gseely
Oct 4, 2002 4:44 AM
I'm a relative newbie at this and am ordering a new Airborne Zeppelin. I'm a bit torn between an Ultegra double and triple crankset. Because I live in Florida, there aren't any mountains to contend with, but there are hills and bridges, so it seems to me that my cadence could get screwed up a bit on occasion with just a double. Is the weight savings worth sticking with a double, or would a triple be better for the ability to keep my cadence high under all conditions?

Thanks for your help.

Now or later?filtersweep
Oct 4, 2002 5:29 AM
If you are at all "fashion conscious," you'll probably want a double. The vast majority of higher end bikes have doubles. I live in the midwest, ride a double, spend 95% of my time in the big ring. I had a triple on a different bike and NEVER used the small ring.

The weight savings is really insignificant- probably shouldn't be a factor in your situation- it is the little ring, after all (doesn't weigh that much), and if you decide to go with a larger rear gear, you'll off-set some of the weight savings anyway.

Changing cranksets is a relatively expensive procedure, since it will include your BB as well- could run about $200. If you don't care about fashion, get the triple- you'll be covered. If you later become a fashion slave, you might wish you had a double?

The only legitimate beef I ever had with the triple was that there were more chain angles, and I often had deraileur noise that the trim control couldn't fix. That has never been a problem with a double.

The only other thing to consider is what kind of shape you are in...
Now or later?ThirtyFive
Oct 4, 2002 9:00 AM
If there is any possibility of you doing climbing someday I would recommend going for the triple or at least when you buy your group go for the 12-27. running out of gears is tough on the knees over time...
re: Ultegra double or triple crankset?Crankist
Oct 4, 2002 9:02 AM
No triple necessary in FL; in fact yours might be the first on a road bike there. Spare yourself the small headaches of a triple set-up knowing that if God had bicycle gearing in mind (and He most certainly did) when FL was created, He was thinking strictly 'double' territory.
Oct 4, 2002 1:14 PM
I live in CA and strongly encourage everyone but the strongest riders to get triples. However in Florida, a triple would serve no purpose. There's not overpass in the sate that would warrant using the small ring.
re: Ultegra double or triple crankset?moabbiker
Oct 4, 2002 10:16 PM
Nope, if you are on the weak side and encounter a lot of small hills or overpasses/bridges, then consider a 12-25 cassette instead.
No triple => no chainsuckMarkus_B
Oct 5, 2002 2:01 PM
Start with a 12 - 25 or even a 12 - 27 cassettes. And make sure that the crankset comes with a 39 teeth chainring.