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Bethany12012-03-16 15:22:15 +0000 #1
After getting my Salsa Fargo I realized the gear ratios are really different from my Madone and it's taken some getting used too. It almost seems like the small and middle gear just pedal in circles regardless of shift changes like I don't need them. I've spent most of my riding in the top ring even going up hills. Is that normal?

According to Salsa's website, I have a Shimano HG-50 9 speed 11-34T and the chainrings are 26-36-48.

I'm not sure what my Madone's gears are. Trek only shows the 2012 model.
laura*2012-03-16 15:24:17 +0000 #2
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Originally Posted by Bethany1

9 speed 11-34T

That's a mountain bike cassette.

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Originally Posted by Bethany1

chainrings are 26-36-48

Those are about half way between mountain bike and road bike gears. Such gears might be found on touring bikes (where the rider might be hauling 100 pounds of gear) and bikes targeting casual riders.

This overall gearing is certainly much easier than what you'd find on a road bike like the Madone.
Catrin2012-03-16 16:01:12 +0000 #3
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Originally Posted by laura*

That's a mountain bike cassette.

Those are about half way between mountain bike and road bike gears. Such gears might be found on touring bikes (where the rider might be hauling 100 pounds of gear) and bikes targeting casual riders.

This overall gearing is certainly much easier than what you'd find on a road bike like the Madone.

This makes sense as the Fargo was originally designed for off-road touring, basically. That is why I wanted one so badly last year
goldfinch2012-03-16 15:52:55 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by Bethany1

After getting my Salsa Fargo I realized the gear ratios are really different from my Madone and it's taken some getting used too. It almost seems like the small and middle gear just pedal in circles regardless of shift changes like I don't need them. I've spent most of my riding in the top ring even going up hills. Is that normal?

According to Salsa's website, I have a Shimano HG-50 9 speed 11-34T and the chainrings are 26-36-48.

I'm not sure what my Madone's gears are. Trek only shows the 2012 model.

So you find that you go up hills in really high gears? Have you ever thought about what kind of cadence you ride at? Maybe you have been pushing the pedals too hard (mashing). The advantage of spinning the pedals faster is that your legs will get less tired and so you can often go a lot further. It also strengthens your cardiovascular system. Because I am not a strong person I never could really mash my way up hills or on the flats. Instead I spin those pedals fast, without pushing on them significantly.

Of course, YMMV.

I also have the same Madone you have. The gearing is road gearing and does not have the really low gears that my Cannondale Quick hybrid has.
Bethany12012-03-16 15:45:21 +0000 #5
LOL. It is meant for off-road touring. Duh. Didn't even occur to me why the gears are that way until you pointed it out. If you added touring gear you would need this set-up.

I don't have a computer w/cadence on this bike, only a basic one. I have a wireless one on the Madone and it varies from 75-85. Not sure what it would be with the Fargo. It was just crazy to be going uphill at 15 mph on a hill that my Madone only does at 10. I was doing 20mph on flats w/o coasting. Just humming along in the top gear and using the middle gear to get up hills. This bike is amazing.
goldfinch2012-03-16 17:43:51 +0000 #6
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Originally Posted by Bethany1

I don't have a computer w/cadence on this bike, only a basic one. I have a wireless one on the Madone and it varies from 75-85. Not sure what it would be with the Fargo. It was just crazy to be going uphill at 15 mph on a hill that my Madone only does at 10. I was doing 20mph on flats w/o coasting. Just humming along in the top gear and using the middle gear to get up hills. This bike is amazing.

You are strong!

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