YES, I just need one more gear and then I’ll be set for all the trails I ride! </sarcasm>
I’ve been a big proponent of everything SRAM has done with 1×11 because it made the idea of running a single chainring more accessible for people but adding just one more gear? That’s like saying you’ll eat just one more potato chip. I don’t know, at this point (assuming it’s true), I gotta say it’s starting to sound like SRAM is just trying to get people to upgrade w/out a good reason just because it’s new.
Been running 1×9 for more than half a decade and I’ll ride it anywhere. Heck, some people ride singlespeed wherever they like and don’t feel the need for one more gear.
SRAM’s inaugural XX1 release was about so much more than just adding one more gear. SRAM’s XX1 1×11 drivetrain was revolutionary on multiple points that improved the single chainring experience. While it did add another gear for a wider gearing range (which also helped with the single chainring), it also introduced the narrow/wide chainring, which drastically improved chain retention.
Also, I believe it was XX1 that first saw the release of the clutch-style derailleur, which you can now find on most any drivetrain because this tech is just so dang awesome. Or was the clutch first available on the 2×10 XX drivetrain before the XX1? Somebody correct me on that point if I’m wrong…
Greg – Shimano was actually the first company to release a clutch style derailleur with XTR way back in 2011. SRAM introduced their Type 2 (aka clutch) derailleurs in early 2012. And those were for 10-speed drivetrains.
SRAM’s XX rear derailleur did not have a clutch when it came out. In fact, XX still doesn’t have a clutch.
Yes on my Fat Bike no on my flash. The flash climbs like a mountain goat now. Fatty is a little tougher. Am running a 1X36 and it is pretty good in a climb but could use a 42 I believe. Am still fooling with it and dialing it in. I am running a 33t chain ring and have a 30t I may try. Just worried about the top end. I may be able to run an 11 speed on the wheel I have but not sure at this point. I am sure it would cure my ills with Fatty.
Been using 1×10 for 1.5 years. Came from a 2×9 prior. Like most, I avoided shifting chainrings unless an absolute last resort.
Narrow-wide and clutch is the bomb. I went from dropping chains every 3-4 rides to NEVER in 100 or more rides. Also have more room for extra lights or battery on handlebar if needed with single.
11-36 gives me the range I need since I don’t ride pavement ever. I could see wanting a 10T cog if I did do roads more often. Not sure I’d ever need/want a 40T+ cog though. I can only spin my legs so fast.
I’ve been on 1×10 11-36 for a few months and will likely stick with this. Not a lot of hills in MN that I couldn’t climb with 32-36, and if there were, the problem would then be with me, not my bike. I’d like a closer cluster of gearings/cadences, but the gearing range for me is fine with a 1×10. I’ve never dropped a chain, running a narrow-wide and no clutch derailleur. But I do cut my chains short.