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Compact crank question

Flatlander2010-04-28 21:45:08 +0000 #1
Hi all--I hope you don't mind if I jump in and ask a question. I've been lurking for awhile and really like this forum for its gentle camaraderie.

I recently built up a Salsa Casseroll, using a frameset I bought on ebay. I also got most of the components there (some used), primarily using Shimano 105.

I went with a nine-speed triple set up. But I've been thinking, I never, ever use the big ring on my crank, and I was wondering if a compact wouldn't be better for me. If I did change out the crankset for a compact, do I need to change everything else (brifters, rear and front derailleur, chain)?

Thanks!
alpinerabbit2010-04-28 21:49:34 +0000 #2
you'll likely need to change at least the rear derailleur (to a short cage one).

TBH if you stay in the 2 small rings all the time you probably need those easiest gears, and you'll lose a couple of them going to compact. Never mind the big ring - just forget you have it - just stay with what you have and keep the money.
KnottedYet2010-04-28 22:17:41 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by alpinerabbit

TBH if you stay in the 2 small rings all the time you probably need those easiest gears, and you'll lose a couple of them going to compact. Never mind the big ring - just forget you have it - just stay with what you have and keep the money.

+1

I have a triple on my utility bike. I hardly ever use the big ring, but I use the middle and granny all the time. Changing the gearing on my bike to a compact would essentially mean getting rid of my granny ring, and I need it!
Flatlander2010-04-28 22:12:38 +0000 #4
Thanks--your replies make sense. I'll just relax and quit worrying about that ring I never use.

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