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Steve jon ryan on 04 Sep 2018

Hi 

I am doing the coast to coast soon and trying to match my mates gearing 

Whats the best bike to take a carbon specialized with 53/39 11 speed cassette 11 / 32 

Or a titianium bike with a 52/42/30 and a 12 / 27 ....10 speed cassette

richlan - on 04 Sep 2018
In reply to Steve jon ryan:

Plug the numbers in here, the frame material has no relevance really

http://www.bikecalc.com/gear_ratios

IJL99 on 05 Sep 2018
In reply to Steve jon ryan:

The triple gives the lower gear ratios so I would go with that.  It's always good to have some gears in reserve as the hills that feel fine after 30 miles feel a bit different after 100miles.

Triple chainsets are less common than they used to be as compact 50/30 chainsets have become more common.  Of course it all come down to how well you climb,

Billhook - on 07 Sep 2018
In reply to Steve jon ryan:

C2C?

 

Isnt' the Coast to Coast walking route?

 

GrahamD - on 07 Sep 2018
In reply to richlan:

> Plug the numbers in here, the frame material has no relevance really

I've never really seen the purpose of those calculators.  If you aren't changing wheel size or crank length then all you need to calculate to compare is the ratio of number of teeth front:back.  The lower the ratio, the easier the pedalling.

beardy mike - on 07 Sep 2018
In reply to Steve jon ryan:

If you really want to bake your noodle, why no change the wide range cassette from the carbon bike to the Titanium one and you'll have an even better ratio. I'm assuming you have a chain whip, Cassette wrench and 5 minutes...

richlan - on 07 Sep 2018
In reply to GrahamD:

Ratios mean nothing to me, i'm old school, gear inches is what makes sense.

richlan - on 07 Sep 2018
In reply to beardy mike:

Can't take an 11 speed to a 10 speed......