Gearing upgrade advice needed

Discussion in 'Freedom Series (T50 Complete, and T50 Kit)' started by Vicki C., Aug 10, 2017.

  1. Vicki C.

    Vicki C. T50 Trailblazer

    I knew I might end up wanting a few more gears than the one 40T ring on front. Now that I feel I can actually ride this bike and am certainly enjoying it, I need to make sure I can negotiate climbs, especially with curves, consistently. On a few local bits, I am finding that a challenge. I suspect I could overcome some of that challenge as my T50 muscles become stronger, but I do want to continue to ride the rides I am used to.

    So, I did check in with the LBS for a quote for swapping the 40T front ring for a compact double, mountain bike style, or for keeping the 40T and changing the rear cassette. I just thought I would seek suggestions from all of you power users out there before I go forward.

    Option 1: I was told I could go to an 8-speed 11-36 cassette as one option and keep the 40T ring.

    Option 2: A 48 or 50/34 crankset (and I was quoted for an Origin8), with the SRAM 3 twist 3 speed (for a double? or maybe that is the only option), and, of course, the clamps and whatnot.

    I am used to a 46/36/24 with an 11-34 cassette on my Tour Easy. With that I can climb most of what I want as long as I can keep the bike upright. The T50, like other Cruzbikes, climbs more efficiently, and I probably don't need the very smallest gear.

    Any ideas of a better setup or comments on whether this is a decent setup (remembering that I am not seeking top-end components but something in line with what is already on the bike).
     
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  2. RojoRacing

    RojoRacing Donut Powered Wise-guy

    you didn't tell us what you have on the rear right now
     
  3. Vicki C.

    Vicki C. T50 Trailblazer


    Sorry. I sure didn't. 11-34. Stock on T50 basic, along with the 40t ring.
     
  4. RojoRacing

    RojoRacing Donut Powered Wise-guy

    11-36 would be the easiest but least effective as it's not a big change. The 50-34 up front would be the better choice for a little more money as long as you or the installer tune it up to shift cleanly. Anything else would probably cost quite a bit more so beyond that grow a little more leg power to pick up the slack.
     
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  5. super slim

    super slim Zen MBB Master

    If you don't want to go to a triple, then I think the 11 - 34 , with Ratz's 50 QXL (53.8 - 46.3) / 36 QXL (33.3 - 38.7), on a 150 to 140 crank!
     
  6. Vicki C.

    Vicki C. T50 Trailblazer

    I wouldn't mind a triple, but the mechanic said the double would be an easier upgrade, if I recall correctly. I asked about shorter cranks and he recommended against that too. Not sure of advantages.
     
  7. tiltmaniac

    tiltmaniac Guru

    the 11-34 is 10sp?
    What derailleur does it have (from the photos, it looks to be a SRAM long-cage derailleur. Is it a gx?)

    Depending on the chain capacity, you could put a Sunrace MX3 11-42t cassette on for ~55.
     
  8. Vicki C.

    Vicki C. T50 Trailblazer

    No. 8 speed.
     
  9. Charles.Plager

    Charles.Plager Recumbent Quant

    I run a 48/38/22 on my Sofrider. And I use the 22 all the time. Don't fear the triple. :)
     
  10. Vicki C.

    Vicki C. T50 Trailblazer

    It looks like a 50/34 with the 8 speed 11-34 will be installed tomorrow. I will try it out Wednesday.
     
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