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How low are the gears on the Giro climbing bikes?(7 posts)

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 nmclimbo
May 23, 2003 4:11 PM
standard road PRO gearingatpjunkie
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 Zoncolanweiwentg
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 Zoncolanatpjunkie
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 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 39/28boneman
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.