Tags: compacts, drivechain, gear, groupset, running
I am not sure you can get them in anything like the quality of Ultegra, only Tiagra and Sora.
I used to have one and to be honest they are a pain. The don't change down to the small ring easily (or you need to keep it well tuned) and the range of gears for rolling hills is annoyingly split across two rings.
You are far better going for a compact crankset that gets discussed here a lot (read here).
That being said they could be worthwhile on a touring bike that needs to be ridden with much more weight at a more casual pace.
Saw an Ultegra triple at Mt Barker LBS yesterday, on a flat bar roady though
if you regularly would like lower gears they are worth considering.
Would getting a larger sprocket for the back be a better solution?
Selling each ring seperately! But it is Ultegra
If you want a bike with a triple crank it's really a decision you need to make when you buy it.
Shimano make triples right up to Dura Ace level.. but if you are in need of a triple crank and think you need dura-ace you should seek professional help. Tiagra or 105 are all you need Tiagra is better than 105 was a ferw years ago.
to convert you present bike you are likely to need
A new triple crank
a long cage rear derailleur (normal race bikes have short cage)
a longer chain & bigger (wide ratio) cassette
a triple front derailleur
and possibly triple compatible gear triggers. serial ends in 03 ie ...
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