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Triple Chainring/Cassette Question(3 posts)

Triple Chainring/Cassette Questionmbologna
May 8, 2003 9:07 AM
I ordered a Klein Q-Pro Carbon with a triple. LBS just called and said it (finally!) arrived, but was shipped as a double. They will convert it to a triple, but I'm wondering: is there any point in requesting a specific cassette? I'm in my 2nd year of riding and really don't understand much about gear ratios, etc. I wouldn't know what to ask for. I have a 2002 Klein Quantum (it's damaged - hence the replacement) with a triple, but I don't know how to determine what the cassette I have is.

Before anyone asks, I realize there is not much use for the triple in Houston where I live, but I travel frequently, and may also be moving somewhere with hills or mountains in the near future.

Thanks in advance!
Mark
re: Triple Chainring/Cassette QuestionChen2
May 8, 2003 10:08 AM
Shimano triples usually come with a 12-25 cassette, not a bad choice to start with. You can always figure out what you have by counting teeth, ie. 12 teeth on smallext cog and 25 teeth on largest cog. I prefer a 13-25 because it comes with a 16 in the middle.
re: Triple Chainring/Cassette Questionwielerpret
May 9, 2003 2:55 AM
The combination of triple front blades (30 - 42 - 52) with a 12 - 25 cassette will get you anywhere. With 30 x 25 you can climb a wall and 52 x 12 will do nicely on the way down. As long as the chain is reasonably aligned, you can combine almost at will in strong headwind with the 42. With 2 front blades (like 39 x 52) a 13 x 26 cassette is attractive. With 39 x 26 you can take on all the hills you want and quite a few mountains. It got me trouble free through the Ardennes (Stockeu, La Redoute), Tuscany and Umbria. On mostly flat country a 42 front blade has more possibilities with better chain alignment. Good luck. Luke. Amsterdam. www.iwaarden.com