I'm geeking out on gear inches and am seriously tempted by the fantastic spread of the Eagle. Just wondering if folks are using the increased spread at the low end or high end. I tend to ride up some very steep hills and would be tending towards a 30 or 32t up front as I'm not fussed about spinning out on steep tech tracks on the way down and never chase fire road KOMs haha.
At the moment I have a 32 x 46 combination (on a 170/160mm bike), giving me 19.59 gear inches (81.46 at the other end), which I'm finding not quite low enough. As it's an 11 - 46t cassette, I'm reluctant to go to a 28 or 30 on the front as then I won't have enough at the other end.
Other bike (130/125mm) has 32 x 42 combo (21.27/89.57), which, whilst being a much lighter bike, also isn't quite low enough for sustained mega-steep climbs.
Very tempted by the 32 x 50 Eagle combo giving 17.91 at one end and 89.57 at the other. Wish Sunrace or Shimano would come out with an 11 - 50t cassette as that would save a lot of $$...
What front rings are y'all running on Eagle?
##edit: I see the One Up Shark cogs are a cheap(ish) fix.
####edit: Has anyone tried using the One Up 50t with a Sram derailleur? Would it work on a Sunrace cassette I wonder?