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22-18 is real nice, on natural I prefer 22-19 though. You dont want to go to a 20 tooth chainring unless you have to clear a huge chainstay yoke or something (like the XTP). 20 tooth rings put more tension on the chain and snap them a little more frequently, unless youre pretty smooth. Anyway, that's my opinion and my experience.
 

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I used to run 22-18 but then it started feeling too hard, so now I'm running 22-19. I think I was looking for more control over the bike, and I will definitely not be going back to a harder gear.
 

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I ran a 22-17 for a week and my pedal kick gap increased by 1 foot. THe problem was it was hard to maintain balance in such a hard gear. Im now running 22-19 which is quite a bit easier, but I think I'm going to try 22-18 when I get a new rear wheel.
 

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I'm somewhat of a beginner (about a year of riding), and I've found that 22-19 gives you a big more torque on natural. You can overcome the chaotic features and get on your rear easier. I suck, so I'm on my ass most of the time.

22-18 or even 17 is a bit more fun for urban. So there ya go.
 

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I agree, I'm kinda a begginer/sport after 4 months of riding, and from practicing on palets, I've found 22-17 a bit easier, but having a harder gear and being able to pedal kick farther is much more rewarding sometimes.
 

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Ah, the annoyance of running front freewheel, my numbers don't match at all. Generally though, I run a real low gear.

Started with 18-15 (22-18.3).

Eventually moved to 18-16 (22-19.6) for most urban, and 18-17 (22-20.7) for natural.
 

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17-12 haha
 

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for urban 18:15 - equal to 22:18.3 (1.2)
for natural 22:21 (1.05)

man, i have ridden hardly any natural since i got my echo. how gay. i'd imagine i'd use 18:17
 

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i started out on 22-15. learned to pedal gap and pedal up like a sun-ov-abitch. quickly learned that i was retarded for running that gear. ran 22-17 for a year. now ive been on 22-18 for about a year as well. i ride mostly urban.
 

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22/21 for everything. The Canadian comp riders gear.

22/19 is the canadian urban riders gear.

It really seems to be almost divided perfectly like that.
 
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