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    Is this a compact crank? Basso in San Fran

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    yep. FSA SL-K compact - looks like a 50-34. pair it with a 11-23 cassette and you have a great combo, more versatile (bigger top and smaller bottom gears) than a 53-39 and a 12-25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drone 5200
    Is it?
    He probably didn't want to put out too much effort while on vacation.

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    go climb those frickin hills

    and you'll understand. I wouldn't be suprised if some were running 12-25's with a 34 or 36.
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    I know last year Navigators were using triples. I think Wegmann was using a small gear of 39-27, which is actually smaller than a 34-23.
    One of the cool things about riders at that level is they use what's best for the situation, not what impresses other riders.

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    Just asking.

    Wasn't sure. Knew you guys could spot it. I think its cool to see the compact in pro level competition. Right now I'm ona 50/39 with 12-27, and waiting for a nice shimano compact to come out.

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    That's an unusual combo to use - seems like a lot of overlap (only 3 or four gears in the 50 you don't have in the 39?) but hey - whatever works!

    I race using the 50-34/ 11-23 combo (hence my ill-disguised defensiveness ) and love it. And it's nice and light.

    But here's a freaky tidbit - I read some time ago in a Webcor diary that one of their guys was able to big ring the Fillmore climb. Even if he only did it once on a practice ride, that's still sick.

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    the kodak galler/sierra nevada riders

    well, 7 of the 8 anyway, used compact w/ 52/36 and 11/25 campy 10 cassettes. 1 rider (bjm) used 53/39 and 11/29. everybody seemed pretty happy w/ the way it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peterpen
    That's an unusual combo to use
    Yes, agreed. It's working for me, for the time being. The upside with all that overlap is that the shifting up front is very crisp and snappy. Only an 11t difference, like in the old days when it was 53/42 up front. Ahh, simplicity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench
    well, 7 of the 8 anyway, used compact w/ 52/36 and 11/25 campy 10 cassettes. 1 rider (bjm) used 53/39 and 11/29. everybody seemed pretty happy w/ the way it worked.
    I'll bet it's a 52/36. I seem to recall that Basso did the same in one of the stages of this years giro. I think that was also the combo Hamilton famously used to win his stage in the '03 TDF.
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    oh it was...

    Quote Originally Posted by Drone 5200
    I'll bet it's a 52/36. I seem to recall that Basso did the same in one of the stages of this years veulta. I think that was also the combo Hamilton famously used to win his stage in the '03 TDF.
    i put 'em together...oddly enough the 4 guys who rode the crit yesterday didn't even want me to change them back, they rode the same gears in a flat crit.
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    What's an 11-25 Campy cassette, one you put together? I thought the 11-13 jump wouldn't shift well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drone 5200
    Yes, agreed. It's working for me, for the time being. The upside with all that overlap is that the shifting up front is very crisp and snappy. Only an 11t difference, like in the old days when it was 53/42 up front. Ahh, simplicity.
    I've thought that if my front chain rings ever wear out on my road bike I might go to something like a 52-42 because of how well my cross bike shifts up front with a 48/38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drone 5200
    Yes, agreed. It's working for me, for the time being. The upside with all that overlap is that the shifting up front is very crisp and snappy. Only an 11t difference, like in the old days when it was 53/42 up front. Ahh, simplicity.
    I, too, use a 39/50 for my fast (a relative term) rides with a 12-21 cassette. I can ride almost the whole ride in the 50 and only need the 39 for a couple of bigger hills. A ring smaller than the 39 wouldn't help, because if I can't climb it in a 39/21 I'm riding home alone anyway. - TF
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    Yep

    Quote Originally Posted by Drone 5200
    Is it?
    Basso first rode the FSA compact crank in the Giro this year.

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    why wouldn't it shift?

    Quote Originally Posted by peterpen
    What's an 11-25 Campy cassette, one you put together? I thought the 11-13 jump wouldn't shift well?
    the 17-19 jump is no big deal? yeah, i put 'em together, they gotta have the 11.
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    Forgive my total lack of wrench science, but whaddya use? A 12-25 cassette and then switch in an 11 tooth cog (and lockring) ?
    I need to get a new drive train this winter and this combo has me intrigued...

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    i think i did it

    Quote Originally Posted by peterpen
    Forgive my total lack of wrench science, but whaddya use? A 12-25 cassette and then switch in an 11 tooth cog (and lockring) ?
    I need to get a new drive train this winter and this combo has me intrigued...
    like this:
    11 12 14 15 16/17 19/21 23/25 (the "/" showing cogs that are riveted together). it doesn't really look great, but it gets you where you need to be. you have to use a second position 12 (one w/o the knurling a locknut would interface w/), but that's about it. oh, make sure you have an 11t lockring, otherwise the chain will skip on the 11 'cuz the lockring is too big.
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