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53t chainring vs 52t(9 posts)

53t chainring vs 52troad
Apr 29, 2003 5:37 PM
i'm consider to switch back to 52t chainring due i hear a lot of people running on 52t is more confortable on long rides....
re: 53t chainring vs 52troad
Apr 29, 2003 5:39 PM
i have no idea if 52t is compatible with 9speed cfg.
If you can tell the difference between a 52 and a 53MR_GRUMPY
Apr 29, 2003 5:45 PM
I've got a mattress to sell. (It's got a pea lost inside of it)
If you can tell the difference between a 52 and a 53rogue_CT1
Apr 29, 2003 5:56 PM
I just switched my chainring from 52 to 53 last week and I can tell the difference. After riding the same set up every day for hundreds of miles per week it should be very easy to feel the difference in chainrings. It only seems slightly "harder" to pedal but it is very obvious to me.
re: 53t chainring vs 52tkenyonCycleist
Apr 29, 2003 8:04 PM
i tried out a 52 earlier this season. i switched back to a 53 after getting tired of pedaling at 120 rpm everytime there was a downhill. although i would have to say that i have never gotten more speed of of descents until i tried that 52. i would recommend it to gain spinning ability, but i found that it was not enough in races b/c i frequenly found me self maxed out at 100rpm in the 53-12 when i needed a larger gear to push. it is definitely noticeable from a 53, and a lot easier to ride on the flats... but u will pay the price in term of strength if u ride only a 52
This IS a joke, right? (nm)Kerry Irons
Apr 30, 2003 6:36 PM
This IS a joke, right?<--- I don't know, but here's the data....russw19
May 1, 2003 1:43 AM
I don't know if this is a joke or not, but here is the math... the difference between a 53x11 and a 52x11 is 2.55 inches per wheel revolution. Which means that in the 52x11 combo you will pedal less than 3 revolutions of the pedals more per mile. 2.88 to be exact.

Need more... here's the difference between the two in a 16 tooth cog (the most common I ride in)
The distance traveled per wheel revolution is 1.75 inches more for the 53... and 4.18 revolutions per mile more with the 52.

I think Mr. Grumpy is right on this one... it's a pea in the mattress case. If you can tell the difference it can only mean you are really in tune with your body... to the extent that you can tell 56 bpm heart rate from 60 bpm. There is however a much bigger difference going from a 53x12 to a 53x11. That's over 11 inches per rotation and 13.5 revolutions per mile... that's a noticable difference, but from a 52 to a 53 is more psychological than physiological.

But then again, I am not you, and I can't tell you you really don't feel that... even if you really only think you do... one's perception is their own reality.

This IS a joke, right?<--- I don't know, but here's the data....russw19
May 1, 2003 11:56 AM
I wrote the above at about 4 am... it needs to be slightly edited to make sense in the world of awakeness....

It should say the difference in inches per full pedal revolution is 2.55 inches between the 53x11 and 52x11 and 1.75 inches per pedal revolution in the 16 tooth cogs. One rotation of the wheel is the same distance no matter what gear you are in.... wake up sleepy head.....

re: 53t chainring vs 52tCat 4 boy
May 1, 2003 4:38 AM
"maxed out at 100 rpm"

Are you serious, I usually spin 90-100rpm. Also the difference in rpm between 52 & 53x12 is tiny, get spinning & go so much faster in the same gear!!