Is one chain­ring bet­ter than two?

Cycling Weekly - - FEATURE -


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.

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