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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:37 pm 
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I tried searching but couldn't find anything. I'm going from compact to semicompact praxis rings. How many chain links do I add or will the chain length be OK?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 7:57 pm 
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Generally, you should be able to swap between compact and standard with no problems. However, if your chain in big/small is giving your derailleur problems (meaning your chain is barely long enough for compact), then swapping cranks will require more links.

If you measured your chain using the traditional method, or big/big + 2 links, then you should be fine.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:28 pm 
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Erm, am I being thick? What's 'semi-compact'? Never heard of that. What's the BCD?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:31 pm 
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52/36 I believe. It's the new rage.

110bcd (duh).


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:01 pm 
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ricerocket wrote:
52/36 I believe. It's the new rage.

110bcd (duh).


It's something Specialized started promoting last year and are still promoting now. They don't offer straight up compacts on their Tarmacs anymore.

It kind of makes sense - 50/34 is really small gearing. I know I replaced the 34 ring on my wife's crankset with a 36.

And I've been running a 52/39 on my crit bike for awhile now. I cannot tell a difference between it and the 53/39 on my other bike.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:19 pm 
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[quote= It's something Specialized started promoting last year and are still promoting now. They don't offer straight up compacts on their Tarmacs anymore.

It kind of makes sense - 50/34 is really small gearing. I know I replaced the 34 ring on my wife's crankset with a 36.

And I've been running a 52/39 on my crit bike for awhile now. I cannot tell a difference between it and the 53/39 on my other bike.[/quote]


I found the compact just a bit to small. I'm hoping the semicompact does the trick.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:19 am 
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here's a chain length calculator. you can plug-in old vs. new and see if there's a delta:

http://www.epicidiot.com/sports/chain_length_calculator.htm


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:50 am 
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I think for most of us Semi is perfect, 36x25 is a great gear for some many bigger hills and if you are really desperate a 36x27 will get you up almost anything. My Look has compacts and I never use 34x25 and it is too easy to wind out the 50x11 in the big sprints, 52x11 would be great
Unfortunately Campy announced they were doing it a month after I bought my 53/39 and I didn't want 50/34 on the Cyfac... since semi mounts on a compact PCD I am pretty stuffed unless I throw away a brand new Chorus crank


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:25 am 
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topflightpro wrote:
ricerocket wrote:
52/36 I believe. It's the new rage.

110bcd (duh).


It's something Specialized started promoting last year and are still promoting now.[quote]

Who at Specialized came up with that one?


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2012 3:42 pm 
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I've been running a 52/36 combination of Rotor q-rings for the past 4 years. Across the spectrum of hilly training rides/races and crits this gearing has given me everything i need when I use my 11-25 cassette (RR's) or 11-21 (crits). Now that it's the off-season it's time to treat myself to some easy climbing w/ my 13-29!


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