can I use front derailleur for standard and compact chainset

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can I use front derailleur for standard and compact chainset

Postby elderone » Wed Sep 25, 2013 20:59 pm

hi,will my front derailleur work with a standard chainset and a compact one without having to reposition it every time I swap chain sets over.
Reason I ask is I want to use a compact for hills normal road and the standard for TTing.
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Re: can I use front derailleur for standard and compact chai

Postby 47p2 » Wed Sep 25, 2013 21:11 pm

No, the FD will need to be moved up the seat tube when on a standard chainring and down the seat tube when on a compact set

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Re: can I use front derailleur for standard and compact chai

Postby Simon E » Thu Sep 26, 2013 19:56 pm

Stay with the compact, I'm sure you won't need anything bigger than 50 teeth on the front.
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Re: can I use front derailleur for standard and compact chai

Postby Overlord2 » Sun Sep 29, 2013 01:01 am

Simon E wrote:Stay with the compact, I'm sure you won't need anything bigger than 50 teeth on the front.


34/50 is a poor crank for TTing. 39/53 is going to give the best gearing options.

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Re: can I use front derailleur for standard and compact chai

Postby Simon E » Sun Sep 29, 2013 18:38 pm

Overlord2 wrote:
Simon E wrote:Stay with the compact, I'm sure you won't need anything bigger than 50 teeth on the front.


34/50 is a poor crank for TTing. 39/53 is going to give the best gearing options.

A "poor" crank? Poor advice, more like. How on earth do people with compacts manage to pedal at all? :roll:

Karl is looking to do his first club TT in the spring, he's not chasing course records just yet. In the unlikely event that he finds it is inadequate there's nothing to stop him fitting a larger chainring later.
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Re: can I use front derailleur for standard and compact chai

Postby thecycleclinic » Sun Sep 29, 2013 19:04 pm

Once you develop the fitness for 53/39 you will not go back. 34/50 has me changing rings all the time whereas with 39/53T I can stay in the small ring and spin for a club run. You can climb steep stuff on a standard double I do.

Compacts are cheaper alterntive to triples so they suit more riders than they don't that is why they are popular, nothing wrong with them but for faster riders you be flipping between rings alot or cross chain too much.
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