17/44... am I the only one that hates it?
So I did the 520 17/44 swap this past week, followed by about 600 miles of varied riding this weekend, including the slab, dirt roads, twisties, and a long bicycle race (as pace). I went with it due to all the positive comments here, but I'm totally hating it.
I know, I know, I shouldn't have tried to fix what wasn't broken. I felt that the gearing on the 919 was perfect for my kind of riding, but went and tried it anyway. Now I'm really regretting it. I just kept constantly finding myself at lower revs than I wanted. On the slab, at 80mph, I felt like I needed to downshift to make any kind of pass, or if I slowed down a bit. Ended up mostly hanging in 5th. On tight twisty switchbacks (Arden Valley Road by Bear Mountain for example), I'd be fighting between 2nd and 1st instead of just happily dropping down to 2nd. I guess I like my motorcycle revvy, and not feeling complacent.
Anyone have anything good to say about 16/44? Or is there a reason to avoid it and go 17/45 instead?