Marcel: Your team is almost completely on 1x drivetrains. Another huge innovation over the last few years. Have you ever had riders complaining about missing a front derailleur? And do you see a chance for 1x setups on the road as well?. The pro team Aqua Blue will be riding the 3T Strada in 2018.
Niels: For Cyclocross, the 1x systems are great. You even see teams, sponsored by other brands, tuning their drivetrains into 1x systems. But it depends a lot on the rider, whether he likes the 1x setup or not. Wout [van Aert], for example, choses the 2x eTap, because he likes to have smooth and small jumps between his gears and that is what has helped him to become world champion for the second year in a row. He was riding 46-36t in the front I think, and at a very steep hill, the small gear helped him to gain his momentum.
But in general, I believe that 1x is a very good choice for Cyclocross. Just ask the mechanics about cleaning a bike with a front derailleur.
1x on the road is a tough call. There are no references, but if the range of gears is there and the chainrings and cassettes are carefully chosen, I think it will work. We will see how the guys of Aqua Blue will ride with it in the 2018 season.