Old 07-12-19, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by medic75 View Post
URS, standing for UnReStricted. This is a perfect example of my earlier post on gravel bike gearing. The 1x drivetrain on this entire line, IMO would feel somewhat restricted on tarmac descents. The best top gearing on the URS line is 38 x 10 which gives you a 3.8:1 ratio. That will leave you wanting more if you ever venture off the gravel onto tarmac. And then there is the price
I agree with this. I like how Cannondale went full two-ring on all of the new carbon Topstones, but just a little more compact that the standard Shimano compact cranksets.

But this again shows the split in what people want in a gravel bike, with many riding on well-groomed smoother gravel roads in the midwest and east coasts, and some people in the mountain west wanting something closer to an XC mountain bike (yes, those geographic generalizations are not always accurate). I personally prefer a gravel bike that is closer to a road bike.
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