djconnel wrote:Maybe it's different with electronic shifting, but I really like the front manual shifts I get with 36-46, especially since I more often don't need to touch the rear. And if 46-11 is good enough for Sven Nys and other world-class 'crossers, it's probably good enough for most of us.
Svetty wrote:If I run 50/34 I use the 50 almost all the time and only use the 34 on steepish gradients. Hence the 50 wears pretty fast. On a 52/36 I can use the 36 a lot more ( I use an 11 smallest sprocket) so the chainset lasts a lot longer.
Gearing ratio is all about terrain. I find it very "interesting" that many people argue about what combinations are work well, without mentioning the terrain they are riding.
Here in the alps compact (with 11-27 or 11-28) is king for mediocre riders like me. One can ride in the big ring around the valley, and once you hit a pass roas you put it in the 34 and stay there for a long time. Shift quality doesn't matter a lot, because there's not much need to shift in the front. Never any problem with wear here.
Where you might need some more gear inches is when trying to chase a move on the downhill. There's quite a number of roads where 50/11 spins out, and if you're able to pedal just a little bit more out of the turns that can be the difference between catching up or getting dropped. There's always riders on 53/11 pushing on.