O IS FOR 1X (ONE-BY)
Is one chainring better than two?
Lose that clutter at the front of the drivetrain and there’s less chance you’ll be heading to the pits with a jammed rear mech or clogged chain. SRAM initially developed its 1X technology specifically for cross. With a well-considered range of gears and a clutched rear mech, it avoids the pitfalls of just whipping a single ring off a standard groupset.
When things get muddy it’ll more likely be your rear mech that snaps off its hanger, rips through your spokes and takes chunks out of your seatstays. If you’re going to go with the ‘Yes’ logic, you might as well (grow a beard and) go singlespeed too. But gears are helpful! While the range may be passable on 1X, you can’t get that change of octave from a single shift that two rings offer.