|How low are the gears on the Giro climbing bikes?||The Preacher|
May 23, 2003 3:16 PM
|I've only been road biking about a year now, but have about 15 years of MTB (plus lots of BMX as a kid) under my belt. My current road bike has triple chain rings, and I do have to drop down to the "granny" more than just occasionallly.
So what I'm wondering -- while watching those guys in the Giro climb that hill yesterday -- is how low the gears are on the climbing road bikes. Are they as low as an MTB?
|39x30 is what Simoni had, others might have had smaller nm||climbo|
May 23, 2003 4:11 PM
|standard road PRO gearing||atpjunkie|
May 23, 2003 4:56 PM
|53x39 with 11-21 cogset, 11-23 on normal mountain stages
12-25 on Steeper Climbs. For the climb 2 days ago and the Angliru in the Vuelta some were running 12-27's or 12-28's. USPS in the Angliru went to triples 53/39/30 with 12-23's or 12-25's. I heard some on the Zoc' were running triples as well as some with 12-30 cogsets as previous poster stated. Standard small ring on a roadbike is only 5 teeth smaller than standard big ring on a MTB
|keep in mind also that Angliru was worse than Zoncolan||weiwentg|
May 23, 2003 8:03 PM
|Casagrande was reported as using a triple for Angliru, whereas he was using something like a 30 rear for Zoncolan. my impression based on coverage was that triples were not so prevalent (although I haven't seen any good photos) at Zoncolan.
these guys seem to be getting custom cogsets. there is no 12-30, 9s or 10s cassette available to plebians.
|yes, Angliru was worse than Zoncolan||atpjunkie|
May 27, 2003 7:20 PM
|Angliru is the beast. Yes, all custom, probably w/ custom rear der. as well.|
|Thanks everybody. Now I don't feel bad...||The Preacher|
May 29, 2003 9:20 AM
|...as my lowest combo is 30/25, and I really only need that on the steepest of climbs, or at the end of a really long ride when there's just nothing left in my legs! Still, I have a long way to go when it comes to spinning the bigger rings.|
|Eurosport broadcast said 39/28||boneman|
May 26, 2003 12:32 PM
|They had a tech guy check out the teams. Simoni was using a 39/28, Cuapia supposedly a 39/27 and most of the sprinters were on 39/32. Apparently Simoni had a triple setup on his spare bike on the following car.|| |