How Many Sprockets and Chainrings Does a Gravel Bike Need?
The wide range of uses for gravel bikes means that a variety of gear ranges and ratios can work. Groupsets with 1x cranks have advantages off-road: they are quiet, light, work better in the dirt and have a tidy appearance. For cassettes with ten to thirteen sprockets, you have the choice between fine gradation or large spread. This way you can tailor the groupset to your needs. Chainrings with alternating narrow and wide teeth (narrow-wide) ensure that your chain remains in place. By omitting the second chainring and the front derailleur, more space is left in the crank area for short chainstays and wide tyres. For this reason, some gravel frames are only compatible with 1x cranks. If your frame is outfitted for installing a double crank and a front derailleur, then you have the possibility to get a fine gradation and a wide gear range at the same time. By the way, the filters in our shop allow you to narrow your selection according to gradation on the crank and cassette.