just did a upgrade on the drive train - all the old bits are going on the " commuter "
so, of course, I had to over engineer everything and went to an 11 speed set up -
split the middle and went with the " new standard" - 52/36 up front and so far,,, I like it -
a bit more top end and I give up a bit on the bottom end -
36-32 for the granny but - with the new long cage , I can actually slap on a 11 speed MTB cassette I really want too
Were you on the standard 53/39 before? How low a gear in back? With 36 you can climb easier than a 39, but not by much! I went from 39 to 38 (130 BCD) to a full crank-change compact w/34 (now). I can't (reach top-speed-) sprint as easily (due to OVERrevving-rpms) to catch the local pelotons and speed demons, but heck, I'll take it (the compact crank) in exchange for less effort and torque needed going up steepest grades(18-20%+).
Haven't gone to any 11 speed cassettes yet here.
Have a new ceramic BB in now, but haven't ridden it yet. I still feel some (milder) vibration while hand-cranking the driveline. Must be from (old/worn) derailleur pulleys or wheel bearings as to the rest?
Using any depth on your wheels at all? I'm not. I see guys out there all the time with carbon rims and 38-50mm (or more) depth, but it seems overkill for road training purposes. Usually older TT-bike-ridin' guys that are training on (near-) exactly what they're racin'.
Gonna put any fenders on this Winter for the rainy days? (Assuming you will be riding under those conditions.. I have a cheap pair - never installed - but don't like spending long daze in the rain.)
Enjoy the two-wheeled commute and fitness it brings!
I am on week 4 of the commute and have definitely gotten healthier.
"standard wheel set" for me and @ 227, no interest in anything carbon, deep dish, etc.
I was riding a compact b4 and just wanted a bit more top end -
with the 11 speed set up I have a low end now of 36-32 VS the compact 34-32 BUT - I am going to get out and do some big hills soon to test it - the option is as I wrote, to go with an even larger rear cassette( you can run up to a 36 tooth cog with the new long cage) -
another advantage to the new 11 speed crankset is - at any time I can switch out the rings and go to, standard or compact with a turn of a wrench by myself !!!
, they actually designed something that makes sense !!!
of course, after my small crash,( I hate sand now), my mechanic has forbid me to ride the good bike for commuting !!! - going back to the compact after riding the new set up showed me that the new set up has made me a stronger rider !!! - ( stronger legs = more bell to bell days this winter !)