Kinesis Athein Evo Frame-set ?
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    Kinesis Athein Evo Frame-set ?

    Hi All,
    I'm thinking of buying a Kinesis Athein Evo Frame Set; they get excellent reviews; but, I read that the front mech position will only accommodate a 52/36 chain set; and I wanted to use a compact 50/34 C/Set on the frame.
    Does anyone know if this is correct or can a 50/34 be used on the frame? I cannot find anything about it on the Kinesis Web-site.

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    I'd find that hard to believe given the percentage of people riding compacts. Why don't you just email them and ask directly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrico View Post
    It's full of factual errors. :nono:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I'd find that hard to believe given the percentage of people riding compacts. Why don't you just email them and ask directly?

    https://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/Catal.../Aithein-EVO-2

    "Please Note: Minimum 52t front chainring."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    https://www.kinesisbikes.co.uk/Catal.../Aithein-EVO-2

    "Please Note: Minimum 52t front chainring."
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    I don't find this surprising at all. It's a racing bike. If the rider needs a bailout gear they can throw one on the rear cluster. Did roads get steeper since the days I was racing or did something else change?
    Quote Originally Posted by Fredrico View Post
    It's full of factual errors. :nono:

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwisimon View Post
    I don't find this surprising at all. It's a racing bike. If the rider needs a bailout gear they can throw one on the rear cluster. Did roads get steeper since the days I was racing or did something else change?
    Depends on who makes you cassette. For years Campagnolo adamantly has refused to make a rear cluster with a bailout cog larger than 29T....I think with 12 speed they finally added a 32T.
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    36X29 is still pretty low gearing but point taken.
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    It's full of factual errors. :nono:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I'll be damned.
    my Casati Inox requires a 52 mininum chainring too due to the high positioning of the front mech tab. And that's fine with me. But this also unnecessarily limiting. What I don't understand is:
    1. why can't they make the der tab a bit longer to accomodate 50-53 rings?
    2. in my case, the seat tube is... round! Why even bother welding a der tab?? why not just let the user use clamp?

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    Sugino makes this front derailleur adapter to allow the front derailleur to be mounted lower to allow the use of the smaller chainrings of a sub-compact crank.

    https://www.suginoltd.co.jp/us/produ...html#pnH4MT-OX

    The PDF manual in the link shows it mounted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    I'll be damned.
    You shouldn't have to, but couldn't you rat tail file the lower tab slot radius to allow a few more mm lower mounting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bremerradkurier View Post
    You shouldn't have to, but couldn't you rat tail file the lower tab slot radius to allow a few more mm lower mounting?
    Yes, I have done that in the past.
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