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Using Sheldon Brown's gear calculator at http://sheldonbrown.com/gear-calc.html and staying consistent with these values Using a triple of 53/39/30 teeth A 11-28 7-speed cassette will return 9.6-3.8 7.1-2.8 and 5.5-2.1 A 11-28 11-speed cassette returns exactly the same, but with smaller steps. Using a compact double of 50/34 teeth A 11-28 7-speed ...


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Getting though all the hype and testosterone - Compact cranks allow a smaller small chain ring as they have a smaller BCD. Modern tech means you can have a wider gap between chain rings, giving larger spread. This means modern compact cranks with wide range 11 or 12 speed cassettes can get the same gear range and stepping as a triple 7 or 8 speed with just ...


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I have no experience with the egos of aspiring cyclists, but I can note a (small) technical difference A sprocket with a lower tooth count will require the chain to bend more sharply as it engages with the teeth. The effect is complicated to describe, but it may be thought of qualitatively as the end of each successive link meshing onto the sprocket ...



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