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Hey kid, I'm a commuter...help commuter

Sandwich

Pig my fish!
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I'm trying to hash out gears and I need help figuring out if I can get low enough


my previous bike was a roadie with a 36-27 low gear and 25c tires, for a 1.35 ratio. I struggled pulling my trailer on steep climbs- I had to get out of the saddle.
The new bike will run 35c tires and a 34t ring, as that's what I have.
If I go the cheapo route I'll spend no money and run an 11-30 8 speed cassette which gives me one gear lower for a 1.18 ratio. Is that going to make enough of a difference?

The alternative is to spend $90 on new shifters and a derailleur to swap my 11-40 from the trail bike to this pig thing, which will give me plenty of low range. (1.14, 1.01, 0.88). I'm not sure it's worth the investment as this will become a $300 bike with NX 11 speed, XT brakes, and some other dumb shit.

What say you o helpful RM doggs?
 

Serial Midget

Al Bundy
Jun 25, 2002
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I don't commute but I did buy a commuter back pack... WARSAW that I use for grocery shopping and stuff. Because of the weight the pack can hold, my experience favors using a hardtail with an 11/40. The lower gears come in handy with the extra weight. I have a second set of wheels that are fitted with Specialized Fast Track 2.2 that I run at 50PSI, they handle the roadside debris well. I have a bob trailer that adds roughly 60 pounds loaded but I rarely use it, a high capacity backpack is easier and works for most things I need to haul.
 

Sandwich

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Thanks man. I think I need to spend the dough and do it right. Maybe I can sell my old XTR shit on ebay to make up the difference.
 

eric strt6

Resident Curmudgeon
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see if you can find someone trying to dump an old triple set up on ebay or pink bike for cheap. I have an old 105 triple shifter set up that I am resisting buying a bb, front derailer, and triple crank to toss on my roadie as I get older and the climbs get harder for me to do.
 

Sandwich

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This bike was intended to harvest all the unridabru shit from my parts bin and throw it on a single bike. Part of that was this compact double crank that is practically brand new off my old road bike, plus the wheels that came off the same. I bought a cheap bar and stem, cheap frame, and i have a spare set of brakes to go on it. I just need a drivetrain and tires.

The drivetrain options are GX shifters and NX derailleur plus my used XT cassette 11-40

or

XTR 8 speed shifters with an old LX derailleur plus XTR cassette in 11-30.

Clearly the XTR is cool as heck and the cash outlay is 0, but as I am locked into a 34, I need a few lower gears for powering the kid hauler up the steep stuff. A triple would be mint, but I'm finding people really want to hang onto their dumb old shit. For $90 I can get a very high end set of shifters and derailleurs. For $50 I've been offered XT dual control... A set of 9 speed shifters runs $35 at minimum- a higher end set of shifters in 11 speed is cheaper right now. I don't know how it is, but it does.
 

Jm_

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Jan 14, 2002
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OK Commuter?

I'd vote for easier than 11-30 if you are pulling a trailer...