"Gravel” can mean different things to different people. For some, it’s using farm tracks to link together stretches of asphalt. For others it’s long stretches of packed dirt at altitude. For others, clattering down rugged and technical trails that might be easier, but less fun, on a mountain bike is the ultimate gravel experience. Either way, it's fun.
If you identify the type of gravel you like to ride, you can optimize the experience with different geometry, body position, tire width, and, yes, gearing. Fortunately, SRAM offers something for every gravel bike. Let’s dive in:
All-Around 1x XPLR
A racer may choose a 10-33 or 10-36 cassette for short and intense racing, but with versatility the name of the game for a gravel bike, an XPLR drivetrain with a 10-44 cassette is the gearing sweet spot for a bike that needs to do anything.
The 10-44 uses tight jumps at the lower end of the cassette to give you the exact ratio you want when you're pedaling hard, but expands to cover a whopping 440% range, guaranteeing you have the gears you need no matter how tough the day gets. It's the do-everything range.