Despite the many benefits of a 1x drivetrain, it seems that most gravel cyclists who stick with the trusty 2x drivetrain are simply afraid of the increased jumps between gears. But… How big are those jumps exactly? Are they evenly spaced across the cassette? Will the bigger jumps actually affect your riding? To answer these questions, we have no choice to dive head first into the nerdiest of all bike-related topics… GEAR RATIOS.
In this video, we go down a gear ratio rabbit hole to investigate the exact nature of the differences between 1x and 2x systems using numerical software and data analysis. Geek out with me as we marvel at the pretty graphs and ponder the KEY DISCOVERIES that may ultimately influence your decision to go 1x or 2x on your gravel steed!
Be sure to subscribe before you nod off to what is essentially a lecture on gear ratios. I challenge you to stay awake through the end. This WILL be on the midterm!
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2:21 Pros and Cons of 1x
4:53 Who is 2x for?
6:55 Gear Ratio Analysis
8:29 Gear Redundancy on 2x
10:30 Key Discoveries – Jumps Between Gears