I’ve typically used a 32 tooth chainring on my cross-country bike, but this year I switched to a 34 tooth and found the additional speed really helpful for Outside Workouts when I’ve “ran out of climb” on a route and had to hold power over a flat or downhill section.
More recently I’ve been riding a 36t chainring, and I’m really liking it! The added speed is a big help for TrainerRoad Outside Workouts, I haven’t come across too many instances where I’m out of gears, and the inner nerd in me is excited that I am experiencing less drivetrain friction since my chain doesn’t have to bend around as tight of an arc (I’m just telling myself that’s at least a watt… )
My FTP is around 310 and most of the terrain in our region is at or below 10% with very steep sections only being very occasional and brief, so it actually seems like something I could get used to using for local riding and most races.
So I guess my point is, I never ran a larger chainring before, but I actually like it. What size chainring do you run, why, and have you tried a larger size?
- 28 tooth
- 30 tooth
- 32 tooth
- 34 tooth
- 36 tooth
- 38 tooth
Full transparency: Expect me to run the smallest chainring I can find at Singletrack 6 in 2021 if we go straight up those darn ski hills again