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What's Your Preferred Crankset For Road Riding?

  • [b][color=purple]Old-school Double (53-42). An' she won't go lower![/color] [/b]

    Votes: 11 2.7%
  • [b][color=green]'Standard' Double (53-39). Makes you strong.[/color][/b]

    Votes: 159 38.9%
  • [b][color=navy]Compact Double (50-34). More efficient climbing, and a real knee-saver.[/color][/b]

    Votes: 186 45.5%
  • [b][color=orange]Road Triple (50-39-30, etc). Always the right gear at hand.[/color][/b]

    Votes: 34 8.3%
  • [b][color=brown]Mountain Triple (22/24/26t small ring and such). You can go anywhere.[/color][/b]

    Votes: 2 0.5%
  • [b][color=red]Single-chainring (fixie, SS, track, 1x9, etc). One is all you need.[/color][/b]

    Votes: 5 1.2%
  • [b][color=black]Other (???). Stuff I didn't think of.[/color][/b]

    Votes: 12 2.9%
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Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Did a poll on this a couple of years back (now closed).

Standard double won the popularity contest back then, but not by a mile. Was wondering if or how much things have changed since then.


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Things like 50-36, 52-36, etc are obviously still Compact, not 'Other'.
Things like 52-42 and 54-44 are still Old-school double, not 'Other'.
'Other' is for things like cranks with wacky seldom-seen BCDs, or quad-ring setups and such. Something that truly doesn't fit in other categories.

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Currently using a 50/34 on my Fuji Roubaix Pro. But I've been tossing around the idea of a new crank and a 53/39 might be in my future. I don't road ride a lot - more MTB than anything - but as I've been getting stronger on the bike, I've been contemplating a change. I'll probably switch out over the winter to something new, so we will see which direction I take.
 

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compact crank for me too and i can keep up with my buddies (who have doubles) on flats and descends.

I can climb better though.
 

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Compact, not because of the knee-saving, low end gear range available, but because of the Q factor for easier FD adjustment (IME), and the more "exact" gearing for me personally:

(At pretty much any given speed) In between 39x19 and 39x17 is 34x16 and 34x15. I personally find those minuscule changes in demanded cadence per unit of speed (~2-6.5 rpm/mph) to make the difference.

I'm pretty much cross chaining, but apparently it's not so noticed. I'm also needing to shift more for a sprint/breakaway interval, but my overall climb is better at the end of the day.
 

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I've used a 53 X 39 for the last 23 years. Why should I change now?

I don't mean to put Compact cranks down. I might get one if I manage to hit 75 years old.
 

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WHAT? Someone finally voted for the road triple?? Hunt 'im down! GIT 'IM!!! :mad:






/ kidding. I actually had to rent a bike when I was out of state a couple weeks back, and it had a road triple on it.
The 30-25 was nice on da hills... felt like I could grind up anything.
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I use a 54x44 setup on my crit bike, and a 53x42 on my RR bike, although I sometimes switch the inner to 39 if the course contains climbs over a certain grade.
 

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I'm pretty much in the 53-39 camp but I do ride a couple of outliers. One is a 50-39 which is pretty nice - improved a chainline problem on a certain frame without much tradeoff.

I've spent the last two years almost exclusively on my travel bikes. One is 48-38 with a 12-27 and the other is a compact Campy which is 50-36 with an 11-25. Nice combinations for versatility.
 

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I use a 51/39 set up right now as I ride mostly solo with a lot of cross winds. a 51/11 gear is fast enough for about anyone but a pro on solo flat rides. Then again I never use/need a 39 anyways. I was thinking of getting a 42T to go on there instead.

The back is 11-21 or 11-23
 

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i don't race. i primarily ride for fun and fitness. the compact with a 12-25 allows me to keep up on group rides, and gives me the range i need for climbing here in southeast pennsylvania.
 

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If someone is running 53/39 with 11/23 they can talk all the trash they want about compacts. But if the standard guys are running a 12/X, lest we not forget a 50/11 is bigger than a 53/12, so its not exactly like all compact users are running small ratios.
 

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My current choice isn't up there...36/50

Although my all-time favorite set-up is probably 30/42/52 triple. I like having the 42 tooth ring but can't rely on it when the going gets up.
 

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/ Looking at the poll results thus far... oh my.

Is the compact becoming the new 'standard double'? :idea:
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SystemShock said:
/ Looking at the poll results thus far... oh my.

Is the compact becoming the new 'standard double'? :idea:
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the standard double is for real road cycling and racing.

the "compact" double is for recreational riders and sport-tourers, in fact the compact double is nothing more than a glorified touring crankset.
 

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But if the standard guys are running a 12/X, lest we not forget a 50/11 is bigger than a 53/12, so its not exactly like all compact users are running small ratios.
Exactly! Do I need to really go faster on the flats?

Cadence 100 rev/min
Chainring Teeth 51 teeth
Cog Teeth 11 teeth
Speed 36.30 mph

I think ONCE in a large very fast group ride, this ratio was not enough, but that was for a few minutes.
 

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the standard double is for real road cycling and racing.

the "compact" double is for recreational riders and sport-tourers, in fact the compact double is nothing more than a glorified touring crankset.
Really? How many "real road cycling" racers that you know that are NOT Pros that really turn a 53/11 all the time? Not downhill on a straight away?

IMO a 50/38 compact cranks will and should become the new "standard."
Maybe a 52/38 set?? Most people even who "race" don't "need" a 53/39. You also have to count what they have in back. 11 or 12T
 

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The 50-34 compact is a good compromise for many riders. With a cassette in the 12-25 to 12-28 range, the recrerational/fitness riders can keep doing the kinds of riding they did when they were 20-yrs younger and the body was stronger and more resilient.

It's inexpensive to switch with a 53-39 double and can possibly be done without changing any other parts.
 

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Really? How many "real road cycling" racers that you know that are NOT Pros that really turn a 53/11 all the time? Not downhill on a straight away?

IMO a 50/38 compact cranks will and should become the new "standard."
Maybe a 52/38 set?? Most people even who "race" don't "need" a 53/39. You also have to count what they have in back. 11 or 12T
why you want to turn 53/11 all the time ?

it is the distribution of gears that make the standard the "standard".
 

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Your descriptions are biased. Not exactly scientific...
 
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