1x for road bikes. Whoever heard of such a thing?

You’ve probably heard this debate in cycling communities up and down the land. So, it’s time to let you into a secret: Anything 2x can do, 1x can do too. You can’t argue with the facts.

Fact 1

One less chainring won’t compromise your ride

With our chainrings ranging from 38 to 50 tooth and a variety of 12 and 13 speed cassette ratios from 9/36, 10/36, 10/44, 10/50 and 11/42 you’ll find a perfect match for your current 2x setup. Plus, the steps and harmony are even closer than before. Standard, Semi-Compact, Compact and Micro-Compact setups are all possible with 1x gearing. 

Fact 2

Hilly rides are a breeze

If you ride long, steep road Cols, or tough gravel climbs, there’s a 1x set that’ll do the job just as well. For road, you can choose our chainring size to match up with 10/36 or 10/44 cassette. For Gravel you enjoy the toughest climbs with a 10/50 or 10/52 cassette 

Fact 3

Riding fast isn’t a problem

Big gear road riders, time for a big cheer. Choose your our chainring size to match up to 9/36 cassette to get you flying.  Or, our larger chainring to match up to 10/36 or 10/44.  You will never gonna spin out.

Fact 4

Fewer moving parts. Less to go wrong.

With 1x is there is no front mech. This reduces weight which is great, and it also means no chain rub, no ghost shifting (with random chain jumps), and no cable issues. Simplicity, easy maintenance, and you won’t drop a chain with the wide narrow tooth profile chainring. What’s not to like

Fact 5

Tradition is great.
 Until it’s not.

Remember how disc brakes horrified the road scene a few years ago? Today they’re totally accepted. We confidently believe the same with 1x: For the old guard it’s the devil’s work, while visionaries see its real value.

Fact 6

Frames can perform better with a single chainring

Look at the space that two chainrings take up. This compromises the frame engineering and means less power can be translated into speed. By designing a frame specifically for 1x, we can do away with this compromise and give you more power for less grunt.

2x Vs 1x - Engineering Differences

How much more efficient, stiffer and better would a frame be if it was designed exclusively for 1x? It’s a lot! In fact, our V+1 and R+1 frames are as much as 32% stiffer at the Bottom Bracket than if they were a 2x frame. The FEA analysis below shows you how much more the 2x frame would move under the same force.

2x versus 1x
The head to head.

Still need convincing? The figures below compare the speeds you can reach at a set cadence using Standard, Semi-Compact, Compact and Micro-Compact.

2x Standard

52/39 with 11/28 cassette
52/11 at 90rpm = 54.9 km/h
39/28 at 90rpm = 16.2 km/h 

1x 48 Single Chainring

With 10/33 cassette
48/10 at 90rpm = 56.2 km/h
48/33 at 90rpm = 17.0 km/h

1x 46 Single Chainring

With 10/36 cassette
46/10 at 90rpm = 53.8 km/h
46/33 at 90rpm = 15.0 km/h 

2x Semi-Compact

52/36 with 11/30 cassette
52/11 at 90rpm = 54.9 km/h
36/30 at 90rpm = 13.9 km/h 

2x Compact

50/34 with 11/30 cassette
50/11 at 90rpm = 52.8 km/h
34/30 at 90rpm = 13.2 km/h 

1x 42 Single Chainring

With 9/36 cassette
42/9 at 90rpm = 54.6 km/h
42/36 at 90rpm = 13.7 km/h

1x 40 Single Chainring

With 9/36 cassette
40/9 at 90rpm = 53.0 km/h
40/36 at 90rpm = 13.0 km/h 

2x Micro-Compact

46/36 with 11/32 cassette
46/11 at 90rpm = 48.6 km/h
36/32 at 90rpm = 13.1 km/h