Endless Bike Company is now a 2013 sponsor. I would not give him full credit on this new relationship. I've been wanting to run huge cog/ring combos for years now, but was limited by my particular choice in cogs. Too lazy to pursue it any further, I just dropped the notion.It's not a new idea. Gerry "The Pflug" Pflug is a proponent of the concept, but what works for The Pflug doesn't always work for the masses. According to the article, he runs a wide range of gears. How wide? A six tooth difference in cogs, gears comparable to 32 X 17 all the way up to 32 X 22. I only use three different gears on mine own bicycles destined for trail use; local, hilly, and super mountain. That's it. Makes sense though. Back in junior high drama productions, I was told I had limited range.
Next year, I will be running 38 X 21, 22, and 23.
Not only that, but a mechanically inclined individual I know has theories based on remote control cars that claim I am placing myself at even more disadvantage. Flywheels, small motors, and "snap out of corners..."
I fell asleep during the conversation, but in the end I understood that we were on different pages.
BUT (and that's a big but)
In my initial testing I think I can feel a difference in drive train smoothness. Friction seems greatly reduced when I spin the cranks backwards. Although I can see loosey/tighty things going on with the chain due to the lack of perfection in my ring installation, it seems to have a positive impact on overall resistance.
In mentioning Endless Bike Company, I'd like to give a special shout out to Shanna Powell. Not only is she the one who saw to it to get me on Endless's Kick Ass cogs, she will also be my fashion adviser for 2013.
photo cred: Frank Bott
Shanna lives in Western NC and Endless Kick Ass Cogs are made there as well. It's a great fit for Bad Idea Racing, given that fellow Western NC manufacturers Cane Creek and Industry Nine are also in my circle of friends.
The cogs are super wide at the base (6.35mm), made of durable 7075-T6 alloy and come in colors other than pink.
but why would you want a color other than pink?