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Offline DaveB

Re: Tour Bike Gearing
« Reply #15 on: July 06, 2012, 01:17:26 pm »
I did want STI shifters as I like them on my Madone, however I am finding that to be problematic as the new 10sp Dyna-Sys isn't compatible with STI....although the Co Motion Americano offers this as an option!!  I have seen that the older 9sp RD that could be an option.
Are you sure Co-Motion is using the 10-speed Dyna-Sys rear derailleur or one of the former 9-speed MTB rear derailleurs?  Their web site claims an "XTR" rear derailleur but says nothing about which model it is.  I'm fairly sure it's the former 9-speed version.

Offline rcrampton

Re: Tour Bike Gearing
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2012, 12:01:36 am »
I agree that it's hard to gear up a bike too low.

I run 22/32/44 front and 11-32 rear with 26" wheels and find it to be about perfect. Much lower gearing and I'm going to slow to keep my balance very well. But I use every bit of that lowest gear when fully-loaded and on a steep hill.

I run the same on my 700c bike and it's fine. If I were to buy a new cassette I'd get one that goes to 34 for that bike, but it's not enough of a deal to do anything about it until I run that cassette in the ground.

Both of my touring bikes have 36 spokes. That's what came on them and I stuck with it. I've had a couple of broken spokes and several loose ones over the years. Whenever I toss these wheels I'll build ones with more spokes. I'll go with at least 44 but will pick 48 if there's not much price difference.

Were I going out of the country on a remote tour I'll go nuts for lower gears and more spokes. But touring around the US on roads and rails-trails, I'll do what I said above.