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I’m riding 60 miles a week. All paved roads. The getting out into the woods and onto the gravel hasn’t manifested liked I had hoped. I’m way to busy being a single dad and college students.
The bike a Niner RLT RDO. I love the bike and it makes a fine commuter.
The RLT comes with a Shimano GRX800 GS11SP Shadow Plus (with a clutch) rear derailleur. I’m pretty sure that “Shadow Plus” means that when I’m not riding it the rear derailleur turns into a ninja and fights crime. (Don’t quote me on that.)
Is there an advantage to having the clutch engaged (or disengaged) for the type of riding I’m doing (road)?
I recently cleaned my chain, and while taking of the read wheel turned disengaged the clutch, and never re-engaged it for the next few rides. Up until now I’ve left the clutch engaged. Because… Well… It came that way. I understand the point of the clutch, but my riding is on pavement, and I thought maybe there might be some benefit for disengaging the clutch, like maybe it will shift easier (it shift amazingly already) or maybe there would be some increase in power (like a fraction of a watt or something). Maybe the turning if off reduces wear and tear on the derailleur. I’m not sure. So, I’m asking.