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: ). 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.