Out of shape, preparing new season (chainrings & cassette)

Last post 10-07-2018 2:32 AM by Don. 1 replies.
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  • 10-05-2018 9:45 AM

    Out of shape, preparing new season (chainrings & cassette)

    Hi, I've been inactive most of the year due to various personal reasons but I was able to test my current shape a few weeks back on the Ventoux (holidays closeby), I barely got to Chalet Reynard. Although I'm not a pure climber. I do want to start preparing for next season again, I'm an avid classics cyclo participant in Belgium (except for the past year). So i'm checking to see what I should be starting with again. I bought my R3 with Q-rings 2 years ago (50-36 11-28) and i tried the Ventoux with NoQ 50-34. I'm thinking of trying my Q-rings again. I'm just not sure what to go with at this moment. I could do a 50-36 Q-ring (was adviced in the store to swap the 50-34 ultegra with when I bought the R3) with either an 11-28 or 11-30 cassette. Or I could use a Q-ring 34 as well. I know i'll have some issues getting up hills the early months, but I assume a 36 will smooth out the shifting a bit (and it seems the equivalent of a 34 round, at least its what I'm told). So i'm thinking of just getting used to the 50-36 Q again and maybe start with the 30 cassette, to swap that after a while. Or should I rather start with a 34 and swap that later, and keep the 28 cassette? I usually run typical Belgian roads, flat with short classics climbs. Thanks in advance
  • 10-07-2018 2:32 AM In reply to

    • Don
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    Re: Out of shape, preparing new season (chainrings & cassette)

    Welcome to the forum!!!

    Personally... I would go with the 50 / 34 an a 11-30... I have made the mistake of not having enough gear to get up a hill in the past. (Not sure your rear der. will handle a 11-30 though) The new S5's come with a 11-30.

    2015 COR participant
    2015 S3 Sram Red 11 Speed
    2015 R2 Sram Red 11 Speed
    2013 P5 Dura Ace Di2 11 Speed
    2009 S1 Sram Red 10 speed (sold)
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