My 1x: A Season of Preparation My 1x: A Season of Preparation

My 1x: A Season of Preparation

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Main photo © Dejan Smaic - www.sportifimages.com

With U.S. cyclocross nationals this week, riders are sizing up the course at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina to determine what 1x gearing they’ll ride to make claim to the tallest step on the podium. To gain some insight into this process we reached out to Boulder Cycle Sport Yoga Glo Cycling Team to see what gearing they’ve been riding on their SRAM 1x equipped bikes this season.

 

Rider: Greg Keller - Master Racer (40-44)

Chainring: 40t and 42t

Cassette: 11-32

"This is my second complete season on Force 1. Zero chain drops in countless races and miles of training. The gearing is incredibly effective in that I’ve never find myself searching for a 'missing' gear. The range is super complete. I began the season on a 42t chainring, as the Colorado courses are criterium style: Fast and dry. With the change to true cross conditions (ice, snow, mud) I switch to a 40t chainring to ensure I am always fluid in my pedal stroke and can clear the steeps I need to. I never find the need to change the cassette from my standard 11-32."Greg Keller. Photo © John Flora - http://www.jmflora-photo.com/

 

Rider: Pete Webber - Master Racer - 2015 and 2016 Master's National Champion (45-49)

Chainring: 40t

Cassette: 11-32

 

Rider: Brandon Dwight - Master Racer - 2015 Master's National Champion (40-44)

Chainring: 42t

Cassette: 11-32

 

Rider: Kristin Weber - Master Racer - 2015 Master's National Champion (40-44)

Chaining: 40t

Cassette: 11-32

"I have found the ultimate sweet spot in my gearing. My 40t chainring with 11/32 cassette has me covered here in Colorado. I have ridden and raced my Focus Mares with Force 1 all over the state and always seem to have the right gearing coverage. I have raced, most recently in some very muddy/snowy/crossy conditions and still have had no issues with chain dropping whatsoever. It’s clean, sharp, crisp shifting that responds to my needs as a cross racer and this gear range has carried me all over the gravel roads and mountain bike trails of Boulder county. Having Force 1 has solved many of my previous shifting issues and it's reliability is unparalleled. Long live Force 1." Kristin Weber. photo © Annette Hayden - http://www.mountainmoonphotography.com/

 

Rider: Crystal Anthony - Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo Professional Cycling Team

Chainring: 38t

Cassette: 11-32

"I raced both last season and the first few races this season on a 40t chainring and 11-32 cassette. At the Trek CXC Cup races in October I tested out a 38t chainring and earned my first win of the season, finding the gearing to be perfect for getting off the line quickly and for accelerating out of turns. This set-up has also proven beneficial by having just that slightly easier gear to get up short steep sections that you might otherwise have to run. It also has a big enough range to handle fast courses like Zolder."Crystal Anthony. Photo © Ethan Glading

 

Rider: Grant Ellwood - Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo Professional Cycling Team (U23)

Chainring: 44t

Cassette: 11-32

 

Rider: Amanda Miller - Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo Professional Cycling Team

Chainring: 38t

Cassette: 11-32

“I started the season off with a 40t chainring and an 11-32 cassette. I switched to a 38t chainring shortly after Vegas. After watching a replay of the race, I realized the riders in front of me were spinning easier up the hills, as I was mashing and fatiguing my legs. I've stuck with the 38t ever since then.”

 

Learn more about available Force 1 and Rival 1 gearing options at SRAM.com

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