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1x11 versus 2x10
#1
My rides can involve a few road sections so i find the final gearing on my 2x10 setup handy. (38 x 11)
I would like to go 1 x 11 but will i have a similar top end?  Personal experience would be better than graphs and charts...
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#2
Depends what size front chain ring you use.
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#3
Right dude, you want no graphs or charts then here's the lowdown.

Current (highest) ratio in GI = 88"
34 x 10 SRAM 1x11 = 88"

So that's the same.

you could spec a higher toothed chainring and up the ratio further if you want.

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#4
Love it! And it's becoming more affordable now.

Running a 32t up front and it's fine and I can get up  most things! Having said that, it would be a bit short on road.

Chain rings are easily swappable though, as long as you keep an eye on your chain length...
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#5
&quot;parsnip_the_lamb&quot; Wrote:My rides can involve a few road sections so i find the final gearing on my 2x10 setup handy. (38 x 11)
I would like to go 1 x 11 but will i have a similar top end?  Personal experience would be better than graphs and charts...

You'd like it Stuart, i run 32 up front and find that a good compromise for hills and road.  I have an X0 2x10 on mt HT and its fine but cluncky, the xtr 2x10 was fantastic and didnt want to get rid of it, took the xx1 thinking this wont be as smooth as my xtr, I probably wont like it.  I was wrong, its been brilliant. (so far)

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#6
I run a 1x10 with a 34 up front and 11-40 out back. Can get up everything in the dry but will put a 32 up front for the mud in winter.
I do find it a little bit of spin out on the rode, but feel having the 10 on the cassette would easily solve this. If buying a group set now I'd defiantly go 1x11. Makes losing chain a thing if the past as long as you run a top guide with it.  
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#7
I'm yet to lose a chain since using narrow wide, with no top guide! Incredible! The e13 top guide virtually weighs no more so worth doing for a bit of extra security maybe!

Before I wen't 1x11 I experimented with the gear calculator and worked out what gears to limit myself too on my 2x10 set up... if that makes sense? It's a good way of doing a basic 'is it for me' test I thought!
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#8
Looks like Dereks reply is going to cost me some more money then.....
Thanks for the advice !
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