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Gearing(3 posts)

Sep 5, 2001 8:07 AM
Need input on the gearing for my CX that I'm currently building.

front chain ring- 38
cassette- 11-32

Is this too low? Any input would help.


Not that I'm an expert, but this I read in Simon Burney's book..Cima
Sep 5, 2001 9:30 AM
Stick to a rear cluster that does not have cog larger than 27 teeth for racing. He writes this is due to a loss of traction if the rider spins too much on a climb. Also, he wites at the point you are pedaling 38/32 up a climb, you'd be faster running with the bike. As far as the use of the 11 tooth cog, you may use it, and then again you may not. When I build up my CX bike, I'm planning on going with a 12-26 or 27 cassette and a 38/46 chainring setup.

Good luck

Cima Coppi
My setup is...Zaphod
Sep 10, 2001 9:21 AM
A triple in the front 30,42,52 whatever the standard Ultegra setup is.

11-27 in the rear.

I call on that low gear all the time in the San Francisco bay area's hills.

Have yet to race it but will likely give it a go this season.