I am a CX newbie that wants to give it a try this fall. I know that asking for SS gear choices is taboo, but that is not exactly what I am looking for.
What I am looking for is some gearing ranges for what you use on the CX bike compared to normal XC type riding or gravel riding. Please note the size of your wheels if they are not the same for all bikes.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
In NorCal, 39x17 or 42x18 seems to be the standard on 700c wheels. I run the former, and I go 32x20 or x19 on my 29er for mountain biking.
Heavy mud (which we don't have a lot of) might necessitate a lighter gear.
I run a 39x18 all the time. seems like everyone I race with is geared differently and it's always interesting to see how that plays out on the course. usually the guys near the front are geared higher, the guys near the back geared lower, I buck the trend by spinning fast AND riding at the front.
I don't like to change my gearing, as I assume I'll just be second guessing it on the course. I have to spin a little faster than the other SS dudes, but I rarely get bogged down and I'm able to accelerate out of corners and get "on top" of my gear faster, which is a huge advantage. it's exhausting pushing a gear that's too tall, I find it easier to work on my pedal stroke and get comfortable spinning higher cadences.
Thanks for all the input on this. I am currently running 42x20 on the bike I plan to use, but it has race king 2.0's on it right now. I have been using it for commuting and it has worked out fairly well, but some hill can be tough.
I plan on putting some cross tires on it and maybe just see how this gear works out. It seems to be in some peoples range, so maybe it will not be too bad. I think they plan on having some practice nights before the racing starts, so I should be able to get a feel for it.
Eric, if you want to know how gearing matches up go here:
lots of opinions out there on gearing, test some stuff out to see what works for you...Katsu's last point is also a very good one to consider.
Take into consideration,
1.Are you a pedal masher or spinner?
2.Crank arm length (gain equation via sheldonbrown.com/gears)?
3.Area (mud races most season or mostly dry races)?
4.What look cool?