What is a front derailleur
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have been riding SRAM 1x drivetrain for years on the mountain side, but was a bit worried about dropping my front derailleur on the road side.
I decided to give the 1x a shot on my Niner RLT because of the simplicity and weight reduction. Also, with a trip from Banff, CA to Whitefish, MT on the Divide Route, I was worried about the problematic issues of chain suck and other issues caused by a front derailleur.
The Force 1x group did not let me down. Crisp precise shifting with not a single issue on the whole trip. I used a 38t up front and a 10/42t rear.
The climbing gear only let me down on the Whitefish Divide climb, which I was able to ride clean, but with a heavily loaded bike packing set up, a big bail out gear would have been appreciated. I think I would like to at least have a 46t in the rear for future trips that include a load of climbing.