I’m looking for some advice on a drivetrain for a gravel bike. I am leaning towards a 2x setup, but I know people also like a 1x for a gravel bike. When I ride my 1x mountain bike on the roads (with the kids or just tooling around), I can definitely tell that I am limited on the top end. The small chain ring means I have to spin like a mad man to keep a brisk pace (>18 mph).
So, if I want my gravel bike to be quick on the roads, tough on the gravel and able to chew up 50 mile+ days, a 2x system seems like the plan. One of my buddies showed me the mess of his bike after the Almanzo and said keeping as “simple” a set-up as possible would be great and a 1x offered that big advantage. But a 2x setup still feels like it is going to give me more of what I am looking for in a gravel bike.
Am I missing something? Can anyone convince me I’m wrong (it happens a lot….).