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Spinning out? Huh? My son has a 44cm with a triple (with 650c wheels). The small front ring is a 30. I don't see how the small ring on a double being a 34 is going to cause more trouble. The bike is fine. He doesn't have any problems "spinning out". We just did a big hill this morning. No issues at all (other than pain :cryin: :D ). When would anyone spin out anyway? Gravel under the back wheel? Leaning too far forward on too steep of an incline? These are issues with any bike. If you climb hills and you're not superman, compact is the way to go.
 

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wils70 said:
oh, and by spinning out i mean running out of bigger gears.
Okay. :blush2: I get it.

Then isn't the question just reversed? How many fast, steep downhill runs do you do? I guess it's kind of ironic that compact gearing that makes it easier to go up also makes it easier to "spin out' on the way down. So, which is most important to you? Fast ascent, or fast decent? Yes, I have a bike with 700 wheels, but I've never had any problems going scary fast downhill. Even with the loss of some gearing with the 650, I bet you can still manage white-knuckle fast. Also, of course, we all think about gearing and where we live. Where I live in Utah has tons of hills/mountains. I need/want fast ascents, decents, even when spinning out, aren't a speed problem.
 
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