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Old 09-11-17, 09:56 AM
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Gravelbike

Today i have a MTB and CX
CX with with asphalt 28-tires.

Next year I'm planning to buy a new bike for riding in the forrest.. I'm only going on gravel/sand-roads (maby some short pieces here and there on "rougher" path...)
I wil then by a bike without suspention to cut service-costs and eliminte one ting than can be damagde.

Then I'm thinkg abut Gravelbike.

Since its only got one "dont know the english word" in front... it has fewer gears. How big difference wil I feel cyling up a steep og long upwards road vs a bike whre can **** to the smallest in front.

And is the gear built different since it wil be the big (only) in front and biggest back? (if you understand what i mean?)
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Here in the states we all them 1x or 1by, 2x or two by, or triple for a three chainring set up.

I cannot speak intelligently about using a 1x system because i haven't. Currently, most gravelbikers are still on a 2x system. I think it depends on what gearing you prefer. When I say you, I mean you specifically. Do you like lower mountain gears? Do you like higher road gears. One by systems tend toward mid to lower gearing where 2x tend toward higher gearing.

I like trekking gearing somewhere in the middle. I get along with a 44 ring very well with a 32 as my second in the front. But that's my touring bike. My Salsa vaya has a 2x9 witha 48/34 up front and an 11-34 9 speed in the rear.

It is overgeared for me. too big to push. So, I ordered a 46 for the front to bring it closer to my preferences. The new vayas have a ten speed in the rear which I would have liked better. But that's me.

If you are not familiar with gearing, look at what you have, and what gears you spend most of your time in. Then buy or spec a bike similarly geared.

Best I can tell you.
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Originally Posted by intransit1217
Here in the states we all them 1x or 1by, 2x or two by, or triple for a three chainring set up.

I cannot speak intelligently about using a 1x system because i haven't. Currently, most gravelbikers are still on a 2x system. I think it depends on what gearing you prefer. When I say you, I mean you specifically. Do you like lower mountain gears? Do you like higher road gears. One by systems tend toward mid to lower gearing where 2x tend toward higher gearing.

I like trekking gearing somewhere in the middle. I get along with a 44 ring very well with a 32 as my second in the front. But that's my touring bike. My Salsa vaya has a 2x9 witha 48/34 up front and an 11-34 9 speed in the rear.

It is overgeared for me. too big to push. So, I ordered a 46 for the front to bring it closer to my preferences. The new vayas have a ten speed in the rear which I would have liked better. But that's me.

If you are not familiar with gearing, look at what you have, and what gears you spend most of your time in. Then buy or spec a bike similarly geared.

Best I can tell you.

Biking has been one of my biggest intrests last 13-14 years..... but actually the thing with gearing has not been a thing I have thought much about. I shift gears as a feel accordong to the road I am riding.
I used only MTB from 2003-15, and CX and MTB from then on.
When im I'm riding and shifting I actually dont recognise any difference form MTB-shifitng-system og roadbike-system.
The gerars shift smooth on both bikes. MTB 10-speed (2 in fornt) CX 11-speed (2 in front)
I have heard the gravelbikes has 1 chainring in front.
The reason i want one chainring in front is:
Eliminate one thing that needs tuning and can be damage (i havent learnd to tune frontgears yet)
I have ha bad habbit (since i did'nt know until 2 years ago that "big in front+ big rear" was "death" to the cain...
And sometimes I stil forget (dont think(concentrate enough) som i ride with bad chain-position for som 100 meter here and there.
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Originally Posted by finito00
I have heard the gravelbikes has 1 chainring in front.
That's the trend. The disadvantage is that they have either a narrow range or have bigger gaps between each gear ratio. But it seems to be becoming popular.
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I use 1x on my mtb but prefer 2x on my Crux.
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Well, 1x has its own share of design and maintenance problems stemming from the huge range of gears in the cassette. So don't get it for simplicity. Besides, when was the last time you had a problem with a 2x??? Worst case, unbolt the derailer and shift by hand. ;-)

I do cringe when I see 1x people spinning along on 11t on the cassette. Really, full power should not be used below 14t. you are going to get a lot of drivetrain wear, and eventually skipping if you do that much. 1x isn't great if you ride at speed.
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Originally Posted by finito00
"dont know the english word"
Chainring.

A bicycle with one chainring is called a 1x. Two chainrings is called a 2x. And so forth.

As you see from this conversation, some like 1x and some don't.

A gravel bike does not need to be 1x. My gravel bike is 2x.

Where are you from?


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Thanks for replays.
Seems like i will go for a MTB without supentions, since threre is no advantge for me with gravelbike.
I just have to concentrate more when shifitng gears.

I'm from somwhere in noth of Europe.
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