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I am riding a Salsa Vaya with a triple 105. This bike is my all road and gravel rig (rail-trail riding, gravel and dirt roads, long straights, short/steep climbs and descents). I have yet to shift down to the smallest ring and know that there is a ton of overlap. I am debating between Sram 1x with a 11-36 or 11-42 or keeping the 105 but adding a Roadlink, 11-36 cassette, and going with an FSA 46/30 double.

Anyone using a similar setup on their rig?

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I am running Ultegra 6800 hydro/mechanical, with 46/34 chainrings and a 11-36 with a Roadlink. I really like the setup but I wish a went with a 11-40 cassette instead.

I like the idea of 1x, but I often use my 46-11 gear and feel the need for a easier gear than 34-36 for climbing(I've got long, steep, mountain climbs in my area). For my riding 2x11 is without a doubt optimal.
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Originally Posted by KonaRider125
I like the idea of 1x, but I often use my 46-11 gear and feel the need for a easier gear than 34-36 for climbing(I've got long, steep, mountain climbs in my area). For my riding 2x11 is without a doubt optimal.
I think that is the exact reason I am apprehensive about 1x. I'm worried that a 40-11 won't be enough top end speed. On the flip side, I am so attracted to the simplicity of 1x.
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Screw the road link, go ahead and try the 11-36 cassette. If you are running a triple with a GS rear derailleur you should be able to run that RD with the big cassette without a roadlink. Here is a picture of my Centurion Pro Tour with a Shimano 5700GS RD and a 11-36 XT cassette with no problems shifting either FD or RD.




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If it matters, the term is gruppo and use of it implies Italian which leads us to Campy only which probably isn't what you had in mind. Groupset will give you many more options.
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bwilli- that derailleur hanger looks generously long. Is that part of the dropout or is it a claw? That is probably why you can run a 36 but it's always worth a try.
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OP- I'm missing something. If you don't use your small chainring now, why are you considering a larger cassette?
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Originally Posted by tolesy
I am riding a Salsa Vaya with a triple 105. This bike is my all road and gravel rig (rail-trail riding, gravel and dirt roads, long straights, short/steep climbs and descents). I have yet to shift down to the smallest ring and know that there is a ton of overlap. I am debating between Sram 1x with a 11-36 or 11-42 or keeping the 105 but adding a Roadlink, 11-36 cassette, and going with an FSA 46/30 double.

Anyone using a similar setup on their rig?
if you dont use the smallest ring on the triple, which is a 30t ring, then changing your setup and getting a 30t ring doesnt make sense to me.
It also wouldnt make sense to get a larger range cassette as you clearly dont need the easier gearing.

I assume you have a 5700 level group. The crankset is 50/39/30. So if you never need the 30t ring, then just get a normal road double. You could get a 53/39 or a 52/36. Or if you want the potential for easier gearing than your current setup (which is effectively a 50/39), then get a compact double with 50/34.

Keep your cureent cassette since you can ride everything just fine with it using a 38t ring up front. If younget the 52/36 or 50/34 cranks, you will have bailout gearing to handle any incline you havent met before.
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I think you might be overbought on the idea of simplicity.

While I can understand moving away from the annoyances of a 3x, I would tell you that, in my experience, 1x doesn't live up to the hype. I'm not saying it doesn't work. Just that it's only ok (2x isn't rocket science, you'll save as much weight just by farting).

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When I had my cheap mountain bike I was the same way, I never used the small ring either. Now I have 2 bikes with doubles and I love it... SOOOO much easier to tune. I like the simplicity of 1x but hate the large jumps between cogs that it demands to still have the range of 2x. As someone else mentioned, I don't think 1x really lives up to the hype. For cyclocross and mtb it makes sense because you're less likely to drop a chain but not so much for road bikes.
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