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I have been riding with a 11x32 for trail riding/xc. Lot's of climbing. I am thinking of going to a 34 range cog. What are the benefits of the different ranges?

11x32 = 11,12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32

11x34 = 11,13,15,17,20,23,26,30,34

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Trail Riding go 11X34

Hey, for epic trail riding I found that the 11X34 was more useful. I had the 11X32 until I wore it out but found that I was in the upper cogs anyways so why not have a few extra gears there just in case. Especially if it keeps you near the middle cogs as your chainline will be easier on your drivetrain.
 

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Nim said:
I have been riding with a 11x32 for trail riding/xc. Lot's of climbing. I am thinking of going to a 34 range cog. What are the benefits of the different ranges?

11x32 = 11,12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32

11x34 = 11,13,15,17,20,23,26,30,34

Recommendations????

Thanks
there's not that great a difference - you'll have a slightly "lower" granny with the 34 (easier climbing !!!), but there are a couple of slightly bigger jumps to another gear with that cogset (if that makes any sense.....not quite as "narrow" of gearing, but not great enough to be of too much concern, really...). If the climbing you're doing is getting to you, I'd consider going the 11-34 route....if it's not a problem, I'd stick with the 11-32 (I like closely spaced ratios....but I like a low enough granny, too....Hmmmmmmm, guess I'm gonna have to hold out for infinitely variable bike transmissions...hehheh)
Hope my answer made SOME sense (I'm sure someone'll come along and explain it more professionally and thoroughly. good luck !!
 

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In a bad analogy kinda way

Nim said:
I have been riding with a 11x32 for trail riding/xc. Lot's of climbing. I am thinking of going to a 34 range cog. What are the benefits of the different ranges?

11x32 = 11,12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32

11x34 = 11,13,15,17,20,23,26,30,34

Recommendations????

Thanks
going from the 30T to the 34T is going to feel like going from the 28T to the 32T on the cassette you have now. The difference is about 10%. It will allow you to use the middle ring more though.

I use a 11/34 and find that most of my climbing is done in the 30T because the 34T is to low.
 

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Nim said:
I have been riding with a 11x32 for trail riding/xc. Lot's of climbing. I am thinking of going to a 34 range cog. What are the benefits of the different ranges?

11x32 = 11,12,14,16,18,21,24,28,32

11x34 = 11,13,15,17,20,23,26,30,34

Recommendations????

Thanks
In the interest of saving weight, I have actually gone to a road cassette (12x26). This appears to be working fine as I rarely used my small chain ring anyway. If nothing else, now that I will use the small ring a bit more, the wear on my middle ring may be reduced.
 

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I love my 11x 34, especially in the beggining of the season when my legs are weaker. I have never felt the need for a higher gear but I'm always checking on those long steep grinding climbs for a lower gear.
 

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I used to always ride 11-32 but when I went 9spd they only had a 11-34 instock at the few LBS's I checked out and I wanted to ride the next day so I got it.
I dont really notice that much of a difference from the 32. Maybe going to 34t you wont be using your granny gear anymore.

If I had my choice of getting a 32 or 34 cassette I would prob go with the 34 unless I was trying to save some grams.
 

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jwag said:
In the interest of saving weight, I have actually gone to a road cassette (12x26). This appears to be working fine as I rarely used my small chain ring anyway. If nothing else, now that I will use the small ring a bit more, the wear on my middle ring may be reduced.
are you fugging kidding me? What is the actual wieght savings here?
I went from an 11-32 to an 11-34 makes a big difference to me on climbs.
 

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are you fugging kidding me? What is the actual wieght savings here?
I went from an 11-32 to an 11-34 makes a big difference to me on climbs.
No joke, I saved about 60-70 grams. I don't have any trouble pushing the higher gears, possibly since I normally ride a singlespeed anyway. I decided to make the switch since I never using my small ring. So Far so good, I have not found a climb in SoCal that others could climb that I couldn't (at least not yet).
 
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