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    Compact OR Med cage RD?

    Hi,

    I ride a Standard double (SRAM Apex, short cage RD) and I'm going to be taking part in a 10 day event with about 1500-2000m of climbing per day. I'm a big rider and a poor climber. I'm thinking of
    1. switching out my standard crankset for a compact and get a 11-28 cassette (currently ride 12-23) OR
    2. get a medium cage RD and a bigger cassette (12-30 or 11-32).

    Option 1 will be a little more expensive but I could end up saving some weight by getting a slightly lighter crankset.

    Which way would you advise me to go?

    Thanks!
    Last edited by kauphy; 07-22-2013 at 09:04 AM.

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    Both. But forget about the weight. Either of your options will get you the same lowest gear (34x28 is almost identical to 39x32) but from your description you will probabluy want more.

    Better yet, get a triple, a long-cage derailleur, and the big cassette. Seriously.
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    Not THAT bad, hehe. I reckon 34/28 or 39/32 will be enough. I have thought a bit about it and was wondering what others thought of these two options.

    Edit: Triple isn't an option - SRAM doesn't make any. I know I can get Shimano front but don't want/need the hassle and the extra expense. Appreciate the advice though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCavilia View Post
    Better yet, get a triple, a long-cage derailleur, and the big cassette. Seriously.
    Works great for me. Not everyone started riding seriously at 18, and has maintained that kind of fitness into later life.
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    In a similar situation where I knew I didn't have my climbing legs in me yet but was going to be doing a lot of climbing day in and day out I went with a compact crank and my reasoning for this was less of a jump between gear changes on the rear cassette.

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    I reckon 34/28 or 39/32 will be enough
    If you're confident of that, I'd go with the derailleur/cassette change. A lot simpler, cheaper as you note, and the few ounces of weight saving with the compact cassete is totally insignificant in the context of the total mass you're lifting.
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