Been ruminating. I have plenty of bikes in the shed with period builds, 42t small ring and 12-25 freewheels. I can mostly gurn up UK hills but this sort of set up isn't exactly knee friendly in France or Italy. So why not introduce some versatility into the shed and fit a modern groupset to an older frame to give a compact and a more generous cassette? I almost shudder as I type, but possibly the clean lines of Sram Force or Rival on a Master?
Surely crazy talk. Or is it?
Who says you need to go modern for compact components? My tourer runs a 46/36 double (Sugino/Ritchey MTB chainset minus granny ring) with 13-30 7sp Sunrace cassette on the back and a Sachs Centera short-arm derailleur. Even with plenty of luggage on tackling hills isn't too draining a task.
If you want a modern compact chainset that has a "classic" look, Stronglight's square-taper Impact series (available in a wide variety of ring combos across double & triple formats) is worth a punt.
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