Gran Canaria bike and gearing conundrums


I’m off to Gran Canaria at the end of the month for a week of cycling in the sun. I opted to hire a road bike locally to save having to cart my own bike over and also so I could try a different bike.

Naturally, I went for the best one they had – a Cannondale Supersix Evo Hi-Mod Dura Ace 2 – with the thinking that any help I can get on the hills is worth taking. Should be amazing but I was wondering if the 11-28 cassette it comes with will be enough for the hills. Maybe I should switch to a 11-32?

Anyway after much umm’ing and ahh’ing I finally realised the back derailleur is not a long one so the maximum size cassette you can use is 11-30. Shimano only make this size in Dura-Ace and it’s something like £250 so I think I’ll leave that! Ouch!

It turns out the small front ring is smaller than my one at home, so the lowest gearing on the bike is lower than I’m used to at home, so I’ll be fine.