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    Single Chainring....

    Convince me why I should be enamored with a single chainring crank vs double.

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    Simple. You live in a flat area.
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    Things that have been said and printed:

    -Weight and simplicity: Simplifying means less weight and less maintenance-- and less that can go wrong on a ride. Maybe better chainlines?

    -You aren't really losing any gears: 2x setups have a bunch of redundant gears you don't really need.

    -On some setups like MTB, not having front shifting control leaves room for dropper post control.

    What some also think the reality is:

    -The industry needs to sell change constantly to stay in business. Once you are convinced you need 1x, then eventually you're convinced you need 1x12, then you need new wheels, etc.... and then just wait, 10-15 years when everything has gone single, they will introduce "new" 2x bikes that have "more gears", "less hops between gears", and explain why the redundant gears aren't really redundant because you need them in both places for smoother shifting...

    Personally, I don't have anything 1x right now except my Singlespeed and that doesn't really count. But quite a few friends have newer bikes, especially gravel or MTBs on 1x and don't complain.
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    I forgot to charge my bike computer and bike (di2), I discovered as I was heading out on a remote ride.
    I had to ride it as a fixie (thank god I could freewheel), but it wasn't what I consider ... fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by saddle tramp View Post
    Convince me why I should be enamored with a single chainring crank vs double.
    You want to be "hip" with what all the "kids" are riding?

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    Simplicity.

    I experimented with converting a 105 2X10 into a 1X10 a few years ago and never looked back. I like the SRAM Apex 1X11 and have that rear mech on both my bikes. But then, I’m in the midwest so a 1X11 gives me all the gears I need. That may not work for everyone.


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    Quote Originally Posted by saddle tramp View Post
    Convince me why I should be enamored with a single chainring crank vs double.
    You have a SRAM front-mech. Suddenly 1X seems like a really good idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opus51569 View Post
    Simplicity.

    I experimented with converting a 105 2X10 into a 1X10 a few years ago and never looked back. I like the SRAM Apex 1X11 and have that rear mech on both my bikes. But then, I’m in the midwest so a 1X11 gives me all the gears I need. That may not work for everyone.
    If you ride on flat roads in windy areas much, you want closely spaced gears. If you need a low climbing gear, then "closely spaced" is off the table with 1X.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    . . . I had to ride it as a fixie (thank god I could freewheel) . . .
    ???

    You mean "I had to ride it as a single-speed", right?
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    1x is like a hybrid bike to me, it does nothing well. I'm annoyed when my cassette lacks the 18 cog on my 2x11, but I also love grinding up climbs on my single speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    I forgot to charge my bike computer and bike (di2), I discovered as I was heading out on a remote ride.
    I had to ride it as a fixie (thank god I could freewheel), but it wasn't what I consider ... fun!
    That's NOT a fixed gear.
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    OK, whatever it is, I called it a 'fixie'.... sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    If you ride on flat roads in windy areas much, you want closely spaced gears. If you need a low climbing gear, then "closely spaced" is off the table with 1X.
    This is great advise! Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saddle tramp View Post
    Is JP Weigle framesaver a thing of the past?
    A .47 second Google search finds it, but it's not in stock...at least on Amazon. You can get Pro Gold Steel Frame Protector on Amazon, and T-9 as well.
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