Gear ratios

The new sub-compact and the future of wide-range gearing

The next phase in road cycling presents new challenges. Riders are no longer sticking exclusively to smooth tarmac with their road bikes, and many are starting to expand their riding horizons onto the dirt and gravel paths. That new terrain is demanding more versatile equipment choices to match, and as the terrain gets steeper and …

Will the front derailleur become obsolete on road bikes? A review on SRAM’s 1x

Road riders have been using double chainring cranks for decades but there is growing interest in 1×11 transmissions. SRAM is the first manufacturer to develop a 1×11 transmission for road use, and in this report, CTech editor Matt Wikstrom takes a closer look at the promise of the new system. The front derailleur was a …

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Beyond the big ring: understanding gear ratios and why they matter

There is more to the gearing on your bike than simply the size of your big ring. To get the most out of your gears, it serves to pay attention to the gear ratios produced by the combination of the chainrings with the rear cassette and tailoring them to suit your riding needs. In this …

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