Old 05-17-19, 06:11 AM
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I like the hydraulic disc model myself (not the Sport, but the Hydraulic Disc). It comes with a 3x front crankset, but still has hydraulic discs, which I think you'll find much nicer than mechanical discs. I'm not a huge fan of the 2x systems like on the Sport model. It has a 32T chain ring and a 48T chain ring. That's a pretty wide gap, and most of my riding is right smack in the middle of that (on a 38T chain ring). My main hybrid has a 28-38-48 front crankset, and I rarely ride in my 48, and I rarely ride in my 28. The Ariel's 32-48 would be a pretty awkward setup for me, personally. The 32 would be too low for much of my riding, but I'd want a smaller chain ring for the really slow stuff (steep hills). And the 48 would be okay for some of my riding, but probably too large for much of it, so I'd either be in the big-big combination, or I'd have to switch between chain rings more often than necessary. I've tried some 2x setups, but I really prefer the flexibility of the 3x.
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