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Paulzx



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 1:24 pm    Post subject: Bikes with triple chain rings Reply with quote

Is anyone still using triple chain rings on their bikes?

I'm interested to know how many are still using these because I'm finding that on my rides I still need it due to a lot of hilly terrain and several brutal climbs. I can do my rides on my Boardman FS twin chain ring, just about, but the effort you have to give to get up some of the climbs takes a bit too much out of me whereas my old rockhopper pro twin chain ring does make easier work of it.

Ideally I would like to change my Boardman for another 650b full suspension but on a triple ring, for the same kind of tough climbs.

Problem is of course, the trend for twin or single rings now, I don't seem to see any new bikes with triples, in fact even looking for second hand bikes most seem to be doubles or singles, so is anyone making 650b's with triples or are they too new?

Am I going to have to accept that triples are dead now or do some manufacturers still make their bikes with them? I don't really want to have to buy a triple and convert the bike to it every time I get a new bike, given a choice.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cube still do a triple FS

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I went from a triple to a single on the talon and I prefer it. If you really think you're going to struggle with climbs maybe get an expander cog on the rear, a 40/42
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

still on a triple but never use the little ring. I am on the wrong bike for commuting really but i still love it and think it is ideal for my route which is mainly towpath.

as always there isnt a one size fits all. it is horses for courses imo

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm still on triple rings, but there again I'm still on 26" wheels.

I don't have any problem with using my triples, it's what I've been used to since I started MTB'ing back in the very late 80's, despite using Compact double rings on my road bike over some very steep moorland roads around here. I'm pretty sure I'll still be on triple chainsets when I finally have to give up riding.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jegsy wrote:
Cube still do a triple FS

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Good spot, just looking at that, don't know how good the actual bike is though
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MPX309 wrote:
I went from a triple to a single on the talon and I prefer it. If you really think you're going to struggle with climbs maybe get an expander cog on the rear, a 40/42


Wish I could do the same but the climbs here are just too hard for it
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Magnus wrote:
still on a triple but never use the little ring. I am on the wrong bike for commuting really but i still love it and think it is ideal for my route which is mainly towpath.

as always there isnt a one size fits all. it is horses for courses imo


No but if I was doing anything other than very steep climbs, I wouldn't need the triple, I would stick with my twin on the boardman.

But I do maintain that if you're going to be doing a lot of climbs on rough tracks, you need that triple, at least I seem to.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2016 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gunner wrote:
I'm still on triple rings, but there again I'm still on 26" wheels.

I don't have any problem with using my triples, it's what I've been used to since I started MTB'ing back in the very late 80's, despite using Compact double rings on my road bike over some very steep moorland roads around here. I'm pretty sure I'll still be on triple chainsets when I finally have to give up riding.


More or less same here, still use my triple on the rockhopper 26 hardtail. Although I have to say the 650b boardman gets over the technical stuff easier with the bigger wheels.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 9:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eh, I don't get it. Why do you need a triple crank set if for climbing. Surly you only need a 22 front and a 36 or 42 rear. I run 28f and 42r and I can climb walls with that setup.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

crom wrote:
Eh, I don't get it..


Me neither Confused .. unless you are doing loads of road as well, were does the big chain ring come into it ? ... I can deffo see the need for 2x in hilly area's, but 3x just doesn't make sense to me these days Confused

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paulzx wrote:
MPX309 wrote:
I went from a triple to a single on the talon and I prefer it. If you really think you're going to struggle with climbs maybe get an expander cog on the rear, a 40/42


Wish I could do the same but the climbs here are just too hard for it


I agree it can feel intimidating at first, the strange thing is, since doing it, I'm going up hills now that I wasn't even able to do with a 22 granny, and now using a 32. . . . I can easily see the case for a double chainring, I think triple is not needed though

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2016 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Running a triple on the GT at the moment

Running a 32 up front and 16 rear on the single-speed (that is - when the wheels finally arrive Evil or Very Mad )

I plan to go to a double chain-ring on the GT soon, when the current Deore crank-set comes to the end of it's life (I never just change the chain-rings at that price). I rarely use the granny ring on it anyway

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's just climbs that are a problem try a smaller granny ring , I'm guessing you are on a 24 or 26 , drop down to a 22 , I run a 22/36 with bash up front and find it copes with most things (triple set up with outer ring replaced with a bashguard ), If I run out of spin on the 36 it's time to freewheel n ave a rest. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 15, 2016 11:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My bike runs a 2x10 & this old fart has no trouble getting up the mountains.
Once I'm fit enough, I might go for a 1x11.
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