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wils70 said:
wondering if anybody had experience with combining compact gearing (50/34) with 650 wheels?

my felt - a tiny 43cm 650c machine - came with regular gearing due to the smaller wheel size. i am contemplating switching the gearing out from 53/39 to 50/34, but the jury is out on whether this is a good idea or not (Felt say it isn't, due to chances of spinning out)...

thoughts? experiences?
It really doesn't matter what any of us think, becase none of us can know how strong you are and whether you need the low gears this would provide or whether you really will spin out a 50/11. You need to relate back to your own experience about what high and low gears you need, and then do the extremely simple math to compare that gearing to what you would get with the 650/compact combination.
 
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