hubgearfreak wrote:cycleruk wrote:Purely from "simple" thought I wouldn't have expected any problems because of small chainsets.
OK, imagine tightening up a 1/2" nut with a 5" long spanner, you've not got enough leverage to round off the corners.
now imagine trying with a 4 foot long spanner - the corners are gone.
the same goes for the little teeth on the little cogs within the hub. there's a minimum mechanincal advantage below which you shouldn't go. for an i-motion9, that's 1.7:1.
for an SA AW, some of us seem to recall that it's 2:1, but no-one can find the definitve answer.
I understand what you say but the "spanner / nut" is up against a "dead end".
A hubgear isn't, it's just put under more load depending on a steep hill / force and rolls forward. (except against a brickwall. )
Thinking of a standing start, then a small chainring is easier to get going than a large one so would this make any difference?
The most that I can see is the weight of bike and rider but I don't understand if that will be any different due to chainring size?
Sorry for running 2 threads in one post!