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Last Post 02/19/2021 02:49 PM by Cosmic Kid. 8 Replies.
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huckleberry

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02/18/2021 03:46 PM
Hey, I'm just trying to build up my post stats as it seems that I am thousands of posts behind. Yet it feels like I'm constantly yacking. Just pondering the idea of a 1x set-up if I were to go for the 3T Exploro race Max and use it also for road with a separate set of wheels. Campy has the new Ekar 1x with 13 gears, and would make the somewhat heavy Exploro a bit lighter. However, I am riding 2x's with a 34x28 as my easiest climbing gear and would definitely like a little easier in my next bike. As Ekar has the option of a 38t chainring and 10-44 for the cassette, how does that compare, as I am having a hard time figuring out the whole gear inches thing, since I just want to know the equivalent of what I am presently riding and wanting easier gearing for future climbs.
Orange Crush

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02/18/2021 03:57 PM
I am not sold on 1x. It is getting close though.

My 2x GRX setup has 46/30 front rings with 11-36 cassette
46/11 = 4.18
30/36 = 0.83

Ekar 1x
38/10 = 3.8
38/44 = 0.86

So the two are comparable at lower end but the 1x is lacking at higher speeds (gearing). It then depends a bit on terrain you are planning to ride. I.e. if there's a lot of fast downhills and you expect to need the top end gearing maybe 2x isn't right but if you can do without top end gears, then yes. I have been using the full range of my 2x gearing on gravel rides.

Of course a front derailleur is liable to freeze solid as we found out on a ride last October (haha).
huckleberry

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02/18/2021 04:39 PM
"Of course a front derailleur is liable to freeze solid as we found out on a ride last October (haha)."

You mean like windmills in Texas?
longslowdistance

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02/18/2021 05:19 PM
The TX windmills weren’t winterized. TX made a bet they could save some money. They won that bet many years in a row.
There are functioning windmills in Antarctica.
Wind is about 10% of TX power in the winter. It was the frozen fossil fuel and nuclear plants that shut them down.
Orange Crush

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02/18/2021 06:07 PM
TX makes Don Quixote look patently sane on the subject of tilting at windmills.
huckleberry

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02/18/2021 06:09 PM
lsd - a little joke for the conspiracy folks.

Unless one is blind, anyoney that has ever flown over Texas can see what energy the state is dominated by.

longslowdistance

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02/18/2021 08:54 PM
Tucker is blind
huckleberry

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02/18/2021 10:35 PM
Tucker is much more than blind ; )
Cosmic Kid

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02/19/2021 02:49 PM
I'm not sold on 1x....not even for gravel. Jumps are too big between gears and not enough low-end yet (for gravel) w/o exacerbating the gaps between gears.

I am actually going to swap my gravel bike over from 1x to 2x this year.

Well, unless I can get Ekar at wholesale, which a buddy is working on for me.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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