I’ve got the opportunity to by a 3T Strada at a very, very good price. I’ve got first refusal from a friend who is going completely over to mtb; the bike is immaculate, bought just before lockdown and has been ridden perhaps a dozen times.
However, I’m a little concerned about the gearing. The groupset is SRAM CX1 (stock, apparently), 50T and 11-36. I suspect that I’m going to struggle up some of the steeper climbs around here in 50/36, so I’d be looking to try and get a lower ‘bailout’ ratio without losing too much at the top end.
Does anyone have any ideas as to how I might do this fairly easily and economically? I’m not the best home mechanic, especially with SRAM, and as this would be an unplanned purchase, I’d really have to keep costs down to justify it.
I wondered about an XG-1175 cassette (10-42) and (maybe) a 46 or 48 front ring (probably oval). Assuming this is compatible (say if it isn’t!), I also assume this would need a new rear mech cage and a longer chain?
The other option would be to fit a 44 at the front and and leave the 11-36 on.
As I said I’m not terribly SRAM-literate so apologies if this is all a bit basic.
Or I could just be sensible and not buy another bike, but where’s the fun in that?