1x11 or 2x11 - gravel/road plus bike recommendation

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by Łukasz Tkacz, Dec 4, 2020.

  1. Łukasz Tkacz

    Łukasz Tkacz New Member

    Jan 16, 2019
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    Hello, I have Planet XLS CX bike and make some changes now. Used it for many purporses, but now want to make "final" configuration :)

    • I do not plan to race anymore (I started few times before),

    • I do not plan to attack Strava KOMs, because probably I will remove my Strava account.

    • I also do not plan to ride very long trip (200 km or more) often - maybe 1 or 2 times per year, no more. Usually I will ride flats, about 40-70 km on roads (many low quality), gravels. If solo or in small group - probably faster than slower. Sometimes with big group, but then much slower. Also will be 2-3 times per year in the mountains, I need 1:1 or close to it then.

    • I will use Gravelkings SS 700x35c tires.
    And now two possible variants. I have a lot of parts so we do not see at prices here.

    Variant A: 1x11s

    - 42T crankset (maybe XT, maybe GRX)

    - 11-34T cassete (HG800) for flats and 11-42/11-40T (XT) for mountains

    - RD: GRX RX810

    Variant B: 2x11s

    - FC-R460 48/34T crankset

    - 11-34T cassete (HG800)

    - RD: Ultegra RX800 / GRX RX812

    What do you think, what will be best option?
    I like simplicity, so 1x is very attractive.

    Both uses the same cassete on flats (11-34), but even if I will decide to use 11-40/42 on 1x configuration, it's no problem - first six cogs are the same, with 2T differences between each so... It's still more than ok.

  2. radiantindia

    radiantindia New Member

    Dec 5, 2020
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    hey, yes i also prefer 1x .
  3. dabac

    dabac Well-Known Member

    Sep 16, 2003
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    I have reasons to be careful with my knees. Anything that helps me keep the cadence up is a benefit.
    A double crank gives me both range and right ratios. And the ability to sleep the night after a ride w/o heavy doses of painkillers and anti inflammatories.
    I’m not trading that only to gain some aestethics.