I use a 9sp MTB triple with a small 22 front and 36 rear on my general
riding and touring bike (Specialized AWOL), and I have found times I would
have been glad to have a 40 or 42 in back on loose steep and/or very long
loaded climbs. So sorry I schlepp too much gear to suit you. I find it
just right for my needs and wants. It is certainly possible I could have
walked these climbs too (and sometimes have), but some have been on tight
enough trails to make riding more practical than walking. I think it is
cool that some folks are using off the shelf items in innovative ways to
get people riding where they otherwise might not.
John G in Union Bridge, MD
On Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 11:45:50 PM UTC-4, Clayton.sf wrote:
> 40t cogs are the domain of 1x gearing IMO, unless it is an academic
> exercise or you are schlepping too much much gear. 22x40 - you would likely
> be able to walk as fast. And... why not use at triple at that point.
> Personally I like short cage derailers for dirt or none at all and don't go
> beyond 36 in a cassette.
> Clayton Scott
> SF, CA
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