No, we are being forced to 13 gears... The eleven gear crap they're starting to serve up now is just a breif stop along the way to the 13 gear cassette of 2019.Are we being forced to 11 gears? Starting to feel sick just thinking about 10 gears.
Are we being forced to 11 gears ?
Yes and I like it Plenty of high and low , cleaner bar, more ground clearance, crisper shifting, less weight and allows manufacturers more freedom in design like lowering center of gravity.
Only issue I have is them dang 10X42 cassettes are pricey.
Clearly he's referring to 1X setups that commonly run relatively small single front rings, and one isn't adding gears if they are dropping the front derailleur, and one is also losing weight by not using a front shifter/cable/front derailleur/multiple rings.What does ground clearance have to do with it? How is it light if we are adding more gears?....UM.......PASS!!!!
Thus far the point of the 11spd cassette is that you are eliminating multiple gears up front (thus the shifter and deraillure) which is where the weight savings kicks in. I have yet to ride this setup but seems like it works well and is what people are wanting. My biggest concern is price, but that should come down over time if the tech trickles down to the mid spec bikes. I will need to try it myself to see if it will work for me in Colorado.How is it light if we are adding more gears?....UM.......PASS!!!!
Plus one. Tries the 1x setup, overrated. Its only good for specific ride built bike like a race where u know the gearing you need. I don't want to remove my crankset to change chainrings every time I ride somewhere new.I am happy 3x9 use here. Just completed the Whiskey 50 on my 3x9 and was happy I had that ratio spread. 22/34 for the steep parts of the climb out of skull valley (2 hr 2600 feet) and then used my 44/11 for the fast roll down to the valley and on the pavement at the end of the race. I was happy to have the high and the low.
In fact I look at it this way.
1x9 with a 22 chainring for steep climbs,
1x9 with a 32 chainring for moderate climbs and rolling terrain
1x9 with a 44 chainring for descents and pavement work
I never have chose which chain ring I want to run before I ride. I just bring them all.