52-11 etc

Discussion in 'Pro Cycling (Road and Track Racing)' started by Fnaar, 17 Jul 2012.

  1. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    OK, my roadie has 52-39 up front, and 11-24 at the back. What gets used in TdF etc? Diff for different stages, I'm guessing, but just out of (growing ) interest.

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  2. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    As you reckon, basically...53/39 for flatter stages (for stage 11 Tommy Voeckler ran that with 11-27 on the back), compacts I imagine will be out in force for the Tourmalet etc tomorrow. There are some variations, depending on riders' preferences and the needs of the stage. David Millar ended up running a SRAM XX- MTB- rear derailleur with 11-36 on some stages of the Giro last year as his Rotor chainset wasn't available as a compact.
     
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  3. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    As Stuaff says they very the cassette they use depending on the stage parcours, if you can run a minimum of 39x24 your either a cycling god, live somewhere flat or like to grind !
    Of course Jens voight runs a 11,11,11,11,11,11,11,11,11,12 :blush:
     
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  4. ohnovino

    ohnovino Large Member

    Location:
    Liverpool
    Is it Jens Voigt who's used a 56 up front?
     
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    Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    hi, it's just what's on my bike. I manage Northumberland hills okay, but I'm no cycling superstar! Just a middle aged guy with dodgy knees.
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  6. cyberknight

    cyberknight Wibble

    Location:
    Land of confusion
    I like to spin so a compact with 11-28 is a godsend especially around cannock chase .the commuter is a compact with 12-25 .I do like to have a gear or 2 spare just in case i have an off day .

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  7. Kiwiavenger

    Kiwiavenger im a little tea pot

    Mines running a big gear of 50-11 and smallest of 34-28 so is good on the flats and descents and good on the steep stuff! Cant knock it really

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  8. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Same here - the 34-28 is perfect for attacking really steep hills. My only dislike is the big gap between the 50 and the 34.
     
  9. Hont

    Hont Veteran

    Location:
    Bromsgrove
    I think Bert Grabsch has used a 58 in TTs. iirc.
     
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    Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
  11. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    I have 11-25 on both my bikes with 53/39. I don't have a particularly high cadence though. :thumbsup:
     
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