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My Venture Into 1x Drivetrain

Linus Kwak

I've been running single speed(SS) system on my commuter cyclocross  for a while, but I always thought SS was limiting CX bike's ability to go anywhere.  I like to ride in rough trails and I also like to go fast with traffic when I'm riding back home.

So I decided to try the popular 1x system.

My trusty commuter with SS setup.

My trusty commuter with SS setup.

Parts required for the conversion.   From left top(clockwise): Race Face NarrowWide 110bcd 42T ring, Sram X9 Type 2 Medium Cage, Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900 10sp. chain, Shimano XT 10sp 11-32T Cassette.  

Parts required for the conversion.  

From left top(clockwise): Race Face NarrowWide 110bcd 42T ring, Sram X9 Type 2 Medium Cage, Shimano Dura-Ace CN-7900 10sp. chain, Shimano XT 10sp 11-32T Cassette.  

FYI, I've been using Sram Rival levers as brake levers so no changes there.

Wheels Mfg. SS kit.

Wheels Mfg. SS kit.

Previously I only used 36T chainring.

Previously I only used 36T chainring.

Sram X9 Type 2 Rear Derailleur installation

Sram X9 Type 2 Rear Derailleur installation

Chain installed.

Chain installed.

Rear shift cable and housing installation.

Rear shift cable and housing installation.

Finished.

Finished.

I've been running this system for a while now and all I can say is that this setup fits near perfect for the purpose of my riding style.

Have a great ride.