I have a 2002 Ultegra 9-speed triple with 52/39/30(?) chainrings. I swapped out the inner two chainrings twice and kept the original crank and 52-tooth ring. The 52t ring only gets used going downhill ...
I would expect the crank spider not to sacrifice much stiffness in expanding from 110 to 130, but the chainrings seem flimsy in comparison. Do I buy extra stiffness by using a standard chainset ...