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Question Itís that thread again; 46t Rear sprocket or bust?

Hello fellow riders!

Yes, I had to make my own thread about this issue, as it’s driving me absolutely mad.

Everyone talks about swapping the rear sprocket for a 44, or a 43, or even a 45, and they all cite that it’s too jumpy with acceleration as the reason and the fact that (I presume) they’re all old fogeys who like to ride slow.

So my problem is, while I agree the stock OEM sprocket has a rather stupid power band on the highway and on the streets (it’s either 1st gear or 6th gear), I absolutely LOVE the whippy acceleration it has. I don’t speed, but living in LA, I find myself rapidly accelerating and decelerating daily and often from my commutes. SO that has led me to considering changing to a 45 as a “best of both worlds”. But surprisingly, I can’t find much info on this sprocket size. I understand it loses ~2% loss in acceleration, so I can deal with that. I think it might be better over stock in terms of at least separating the power band just a tiny bit..



MY QUESTION: Who here likes to ride it fast? Which sprocket do you use, and what made you pick that one?

Thanks, ya’ll!
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...MY QUESTION: Who here likes to ride it fast? Which sprocket do you use, and what made you pick that one?...
ME!

OEM 15/46 sprockets (for 165,000 miles so far......).

WHY? Because that gearing gives me GREAT latitude in what I want to do, and am ABLE to do.

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