The right gears for cycling in Crete

Crete’s greatest mountain bike climbs
10 April 2016
the view from abas canyon waterfall Libyan sea and Treis ekklisies village
Kofinas Treis Ekklisies downhill
24 April 2016
mountain bike cassette

Which are the right gears for cycling in Crete?


Crete is a very mountainous island. The 41% of the area is higher than 400 meters above sea level while the areas with an altitude from 200 to 400 meters occupy the 33% of the island. The lowlands occupy only the 3.6% of the island while the flat areas are scarce and we find them on the mountains, the plateaus or “omalos” as the Cretans call them. The largest of them is Lassithi Plateau.

In Crete you can find climbs for all “tastes”, long, short, difficult easy, beautiful or very beautiful.

If you are honest about your level and equip your bike with the appropriate gearing then cycling although difficult will be a pleasant and unforgettable experience.

The gears that you chose must ensure that you get a comfortable pace for your level.

For most road cyclists a compact double or triple gearing is enough. 

All of our road bikes have 11-32 or 11-34 cassettes and 34-50 Cranks.


For the mountain bikers  we recommend  1X12 chainrings with big range cassettes (the biggest cassette big must be 50 or 52 ). for the front chainring  it is advisable to use a 30 or 32 chainring.

For those who still have on their bikes double or triple crankset we recommend  large cassette. The small chairing of the crankset must be at least 24-26 and the large gear of the cassette at least 36-42.

All our mountain bikes have 1X12 or 1X11 gears with 10-51 or 11-51 cassette. All the front chainrings are 32.