Monte Zoncolan

Mike

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Sep 24, 2007
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Have you guys seen the stats on this monster in stage 15 of the Giro.....tonight. Can't wait to watch this one:D

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The average gradient is 11.5% with stretches of 22%. Looks kind of simialr to our Fuji race. Apparently some of the pro's will be using compacts like a 34x28 as Contador did on 2 stages in the Vuelta in 2008.

So this makes me wonder what cranks are you guys going to be using at Fuji? I'm runnning an 39x28 but after reading this I'm thinking about changing the front crank.......

What are you guys gonna be running this year? Clay our very own Fuji champ, what did you run last year?
 

Mike

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Just over 20 kms until the beast! Getting exciting...Anyone found an English streaming site online tnt? I'm watching it in Italian:eek:
 

AlanW

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Jan 30, 2007
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Article here on the gear choices of the pros for this hillclimb.

I'll be on my usual 34/50 chainrings and 12/27 cassette for Fuji.
AW.
 

AlanW

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Campag goes to 29.
Shimano & Sram 28

But with the new 10-speed mountainbike groups just released (Sram XX and Shimano XT and SLX Dyna-sys) there are now cassettes with a 36T big cog.

Lookout, here comes Monster Low Gear Man!
 

Ludwig

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Oct 9, 2008
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I have to admit I had no idea there was a road sprocket that went to 29. Seems heavy though - 258g for what must be the 12-23 version, so a lot more for 13-29.

Utsukushikuhara must be really steep if even you, Tom, the low cadence man, opts for such a sprocket.
 

andywood

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I'd say for Utsukushigahara and Fuji (steep side) the bigger the gear the better. Last year I used a 38 x 27 at Utsukushigahara and I would have liked more (ie. a compact). I now have a compact and was looking forward to testing it out on that steep section at Utsukushigahara. Unfortunately this year the race clashes with Ura Norikura - a beautiful climb with great views and nice camping and onsen near the start:

http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/hillclimb/index.html

Worth considering next year!

Andy
 
#19
Thanks Andy! I was not aware of this hillclimb - looks very attractive. It explains why the Utsukushigahara organizers are having a hard time meeting their quota this year...

I'd say for Utsukushigahara and Fuji (steep side) the bigger the gear the better. Last year I used a 38 x 27 at Utsukushigahara and I would have liked more (ie. a compact). I now have a compact and was looking forward to testing it out on that steep section at Utsukushigahara. Unfortunately this year the race clashes with Ura Norikura - a beautiful climb with great views and nice camping and onsen near the start:

http://www.gifu-np.co.jp/hillclimb/index.html

Worth considering next year!

Andy