Number of Gears and Gear Range
On current mountain bikes you will usually find shifters and derailleurs with cassettes consisting of twelve or eleven sprockets, and in most cases only one chainring on the crank. Thanks to cassettes with a spread of ten to 51 or even 52 teeth, the gear range of these 1x drivetrains is also sufficient for trips through the mountains. If you often ride in very steep terrain, you can install a smaller chainring to get lighter gears. If you want to book it in high gears, then you should opt for a slightly larger chainring. By eliminating the front derailleur on 1x drivetrains, you save on weight, your drivetrain becomes less complicated and runs more quietly. Space is also freed up on the handlebars, which can be used, for example, for an ergonomic remote control for your dropper post. In addition, the suspension on many frames works better when the chain is always on the same chainring. Thanks to narrow and wide alternating teeth and a vibration-damped rear derailleur cage, it remains steady on the chainring. SRAM relies mainly on 1x12 (Eagle) and also offers a 1x11 option. Even Shimano now mainly offers 1x drivetrains with ten, eleven or twelve speeds for high-quality mountain bikes, but also options with front derailleurs and two or even three chainrings. This allows you to achieve an even wider gear range, and you can ride with a finer-grade cassette. Our shop allows you to easily filter according to the number of gears you want to have on the cassette and crank.