Bob
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Bob asked in SportsCycling · 6 months ago

Is cross chaining more of a problem on larger cassettes? like 11 speed?

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  • 6 months ago

    Not if you know what you're doing. Let me start with the front shifter & derailleur. Every STI shifter I've seen from Shimano (and I would imagine SRAM too) has a half-shift or trim feature. Move the lever inward slightly while in low gear up front & the derailleur will follow - moving slightly out - avoiding chain rub.

    Plus, the more gears, the narrower the chain. Compare a 7 speed chain to an 8 speed chain. Then compare that to a 9, 10 or 11 speed chain. All eleven gears are packed into the same amount of space taken up by an 8 or 9 speed cassette. You should easily be able to get gears 1 through 7 while in low gear up front. Now shift into the big gear up front but downshift 3 to 4 gears in the rear. This should give you an overlapping gear ratio - or feel about the same.

    Now think about modern mountain bikes & some gravel bikes with a "one by" system. Only one gear up front but 11 on the rear - and now even TWELVE.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EY7yNx3Gj_Q

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    yes it is often and then other times not so much

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