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What is the most common front chainring size combo?(7 posts)

What is the most common front chainring size combo?root down
Mar 18, 2002 7:10 AM
What is the most common front chainring size combo?
39/53 for a double. (nm)Pedal Jockey
Mar 18, 2002 7:11 AM
53/39, but it's too big for most riderscory
Mar 18, 2002 8:47 AM
We inherited it from racers, who can push a 53-11. But if you keep track of the time you spend in 53/15 or above, most people will find that it's almost zero. Something like 48/36 makes a lot more sense for most of us. A 48/11 combination still gives you 118 gear inches.
I find I get much more use out of a 52 than a 53Barnyard
Mar 18, 2002 9:32 AM
And that 53/11 combination, Yeah, if you're bombing down a hill, but besides that, it's huge.
re: 53/11cyclopathic
Mar 18, 2002 10:07 AM
isn't as big as it seems. my 52/12 gets alot of use on flats or 1-2% downhills, aerobars/no draft. If I were a bit stronger or with tailwind I could probably push it out of drops.

Even if I run out of 12t sometimes riding solo can't see 11t being that useful. Quite sure pros riding in fast peloton would get much more use out of 53/11.
re: What is the most common front chainring size combo?LC
Mar 18, 2002 10:13 AM
53-39 may be the most common, but 50-39 works better most of the time in races for me. It shifts faster and smoother and lets you go up those rollers without shifting to the small ring. I hated being right at edge of the 53 and every time I turned into a headwind or up a small hill I would have to shift to the 39. 50x12 is still slightly higher than 53x13. Unless you have a tailwind/downhill finish or you can't spin 120+ rpm, then you won't miss those 3 teeth. I bet most cat 4/5 and non-racers would be better off with a 50 too, but pride won't let them change.
Best thing about 11 tooth cogsharry hall
Mar 19, 2002 4:56 PM
Is that they make a 50 a workable big ring.