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1x good enough for gravel bike in NYC

Old 04-15-20, 08:55 PM
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1x good enough for gravel bike in NYC

Looking to pick up a gravel bike. As my one do it all bike. Im new to biking. Coming from a older trek flat bar mountain bike. Looking to get a carbon frame bike. Most likely a 1x drivetrain. But could use some advice on that. Although i will be mainly riding around NYC. Im still not proficient in using gears the right way. Will be riding on pavement streets mostly. With some off road when i can. What are my best options with a 1x(the actual drivetrain) Currently looking into a diverge. Mainly because i want a more relaxed comfortable upright ride. But am open to alternatives( i like the futureshock) any help would be great. Thanks. I dont have a budget yet. Looking for entry level carbon prices. Maybe 105 level. Not sure yet
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Originally Posted by Ratking20 View Post
Looking to pick up a gravel bike. As my one do it all bike. Im new to biking. Coming from a older trek flat bar mountain bike. Looking to get a carbon frame bike. Most likely a 1x drivetrain. But could use some advice on that. Although i will be mainly riding around NYC. Im still not proficient in using gears the right way. Will be riding on pavement streets mostly. With some off road when i can. What are my best options with a 1x(the actual drivetrain) Currently looking into a diverge. Mainly because i want a more relaxed comfortable upright ride. But am open to alternatives( i like the futureshock) any help would be great. Thanks. I dont have a budget yet. Looking for entry level carbon prices. Maybe 105 level. Not sure yet
great bike you will have no issues. i ride nyc often.
enjoy.
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Old 04-16-20, 09:26 AM
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I think upright is the way to go in urban environments. I agree with the 1x drive train also. The specific gears will depend upon your fitness and strength to a certain degree. A wide-ranging rear sprocket should provide ample gears for whatever circumstances you find yourself in.
The other important thing is to determine what tire size is going to provide you with the most comfortable and efficient ride. In urban environments you may face a whole bunch of different conditions on the streets so larger tires are helpful. I personally wouldn't go less than 32s.
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I was thinking of 38s. Not sure yet. In case i go the build a bike route(im looking for frames anywhere i can). What are my options for 1x. Brands. Etc. anything that stands out?
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38 should be good. I ride between 32 and 40mm.
1x is fine if you are not in a paceline. The new GRX components have a clutch so you don't get chainslap. Not sure if that bothers you - tends to be a bigger problem on rough terrain and with a long cage derailer. There is always the Sram/Shimano debate. Get hydraulic brakes if ya can - they are very nice.
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The FutureShock adds a bunch of proprietary, expensive moving parts that are totally unnecessary for riding in NYC. If you are not riding on washboard gravel all day I'd stay with a conventional bike like one of the Jamis Renegades, or if you want to save some cash maybe a Giant Revolt. Or for something more unique go for a Bombtrack Hook EXC-C with 650b wheels! Go 650b and skip the gadgets and you will never look back!
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